West Chester University undergraduate students in early grades preparation, middle grades preparation, or special education majors (including special education/secondary dual majors) are required to complete the CSE requirement.
The correct process for completing the Community Service Experience requirement is to have your community service pre-approved by the Office of Candidate Services, Wayne Hall, Suite 107. View the pre-approval form
It is essential to have service pre-approved, as some types of community service do not count towards the required 20 hours of the Community Service Experience, as well as having a date set for the reflective statement to be submitted. Reflective statements must be submitted within 60 days of completing your CSE hours.
The student must be considered a WCU student at the time the CSE hours are served. In other words, the student cannot be a student at another college or in high school at the time of serving and completing their CSE hours.
Community service must be pre-approved hours that provides a direct concrete benefit to the populations of children, youth, or adults, including those with disabilities. Community service must be performed with a non-profit organization. Examples of types of community service that do not count towards the Community Service Experience include: administrative, clerical, cleaning, and fundraising tasks. Your community service hours cannot also fulfill a requirement for a credit bearing course (service learning class).
No, students may not complete community service hours at their place of employment. Community service hours must be completed at a non-profit organization outside of the students' workplace.
No, if you reside in another state you can complete your hours there with a signed pre-approval form.
Your reflective statement and the completed verification form are submitted to the Office of Candidate Services, College of Education and Social Work, Wayne Hall, Suite 107.
Office hours during the academic year are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The summer hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Yes, the Community Service Experience Award is given on Teacher Education Day held during the spring semester. This is a monetary award. The award winner(s) are selected by the Community Service Advisory Committee on the basis of early completion and exemplary service. Read about the award winners from previous years.