As part of the Center for Community Learning’s ongoing commitment to supporting the professional development of graduate students, we offer a course on community-engaged pedagogy and public scholarship – Graduate Student Professional Development 495CE: Supervised Preparation for Community-Engaged Teaching. This course provides an overview of best practices for experiential learning, with an emphasis on critical service learning pedagogy and strategies for collaborating effectively with the diverse communities of Los Angeles. The course is suitable for graduate students in any discipline and does not presuppose prior experience teaching community-engaged courses. Indeed, seminar discussions and in-class pedagogy workshops benefit from active involvement of participants with a wide range of disciplinary expertise and teaching experience.

Through weekly seminar discussions and workshops with experienced instructors and community partners, GRAD PD 495CE participants can expect to:

  • gain familiarity with core concepts and debates related to community-engaged teaching in higher education;
  • explore how community-engaged pedagogy intersects with diversity education and complements other forms of “high-impact” and applied learning;
  • develop strategies for cultivating and sustaining reciprocal community partnerships;
  • practice designing assignments and facilitating discussions that assess how and what students learn while working in diverse community settings as part of an academic course;
  • draft a syllabus for a service learning (or internship) course in the discipline of your choice;
  • receive guidance about opportunities to pursue community-engaged teaching at UCLA and about navigating the national network of resources supporting engaged teaching and public scholarship in campus and community settings.

GRAD PD 495CE represents an exciting new collaboration between the Center for Community Learning, UCLA’s Division of Undergraduate Education, and the UCLA Graduate Division. The course is typically offered once per year (generally in winter quarter) and counts as an elective for UCLA’s Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy  and can be aligned with core competencies for CIRTL@UCLA  (a professional development program for graduate students STEM fields).

For more information about this graduate course, including information about enrollment procedures, contact Associate Director for Engaged Teaching Beth Goodhue .

View a recent syllabus

Wonder what UCLA graduate students are saying about this course? Check out the article Dr. Goodhue published together with Winter 2017 seminar participants – “A Values-Engaged Approach to Civic Professionalism in Graduate Education”  (Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 24.1, Fall 2017).