Fort Hays State University > About FHSU > Academic Divisions > College of Education and Technology > Dean's Office > Service Learning
The College of Education and Technology at Fort Hays State University is committed to the University’s American Democracy Project (ADP). As Mary Lynn Calhoun (2007) states "the core mission of schools and colleges of education - the preparation of teachers - is an act of civic engagement in democratic society" (p.8). The goals of the ADP at Fort Hays State University are:
The College of Education and Technology embraces the University’s efforts to promote civic engagement of its candidates as evidenced in its mission statement: “to prepare professionals for schools, business, and industry in a global society."
This preparation is based on technical skills, knowledge acquired through the liberal arts and sciences, professional knowledge, and clinical experiences described by the Professional Educator model. Further, the education unit at Fort Hays State University promotes the vision that: "Professional educators prepared at Fort Hays State University will have the knowledge, skills, and commitment to ensure excellence in teaching while actively investing in their own professional development."
How are we preparing future educators who are prepared for success in a global society?
Our teacher preparation has a strong history with service learning activities as part of their coursework. Service learning is defined as a method of teaching and learning that integrates community service activities to academic curricula and expands the learning of students from the classroom to the community. This pedagogy is designed to “help teachers gain multicultural teaching competency and to encourage preservice teachers to participate in a democratic society (Wade, 2000; Anderson, 2000; Maybach, 1996; Root 1994). Second, service learning components prepare teachers to adopt similar pedagogies in their own classrooms when they enter the teaching field (Anderson, 2000; Root 1994). Wade et al. (1999) further report that as many as 30 percent of new teachers used service learning as teaching strategy during their first five years in the classroom (Helfenbein & Murtadha, 2007).