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 Early Childhood and Teacher Education Service-Learning

What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning combines academic instruction with meaningful service in the larger community. Service-learning enhances what is taught by extending students learning beyond the classroom and providing opportunities for students to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real life situations in their communities, locally, nationally, and globally.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College values service-learning and requires it as part of every education course. As a student of any EDU, EED, or ECH class you will have the opportunity to serve your community while learning about teaching through working in a course specific classroom in a school in the East Valley. The Early Childhood and Teacher Education Service-Learning Coordinator, Carrie Braaten, will place you in a classroom for service-learning each semester.

New Students

Welcome!  If you are taking your first EDU, EED, or ECH course at CGCC, you will need to be prepared for service-learning.  Keep in mind you will need an IVP fingerprint card, to attend an orientation and meet with the Early Childhood and Teacher Education Advisor, Terri McClelland(  Apply for the IVP fingerprint card right away since it can take 4-6 weeks to process.  All the details you will need to get started is in ourFirst Steps for Early Childhood and Teacher Education Majors.pdfFirst Steps for Early Childhood and Teacher Education Majors.pdf.  We are excited to get you started in this amazing opportunity to start serving and learning to be a teacher in a classroom!

Returning Students

Welcome back!  The service-learning application/survey, school/district procedures, and placement assignments will now be available on Canvas.  Log in to Canvas and look for EDU/EED Service-Learning in your list of courses to get signed up for service-learning this semester.  The placement requirements for each course is explained on the Student's Guide to Placements

Do you have a mentor teacher that may meet the requirement for service-learning?  Do you work in a school during the school day for 30-40 hours each week as a paraprofessional, aide, or certified teacher?  If you do, please contact Carrie Braaten ( to make an appointment to fill out the required request forms.  Keep in mind, it is recommended that all students complete service-learning.  This experience will give each student a variety of experiences in the classroom that meet the course requirements while serving in a community school.


Do you have questions?  Need more information?

See the Early Childhood and Teacher Education Student Handbook or contact the Early Childhood and Teacher Education Service-Learning Placement Coordinator:
Carrie Braaten
Phone: 480-732-7039
Office: CGCC SC #108