Certificate in Experiential Learning and Community Engagement

You can complete a Certificate in Experiential Learning and Community Engagement while completing your undergraduate degree here at St. Thomas University. It provides tangible evidence of the hands-on learning and community service completed during your studies. The Certificate is a great resource that can be used to demonstrate community involvement to potential employers or for graduate school applications.


For the specific purpose of this Certificate, courses and volunteering that engage students in off-campus experiential learning activities will be counted towards the certificate. These experience will support students in applying their knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems helping bring theory to life. This can take place in the form of off-campus volunteer engagements or coursework where instructors direct and facilitate learning activities outside the classroom and pair it with reflection and in-class theory.

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Introductory Sessions

To register to take part in the certificate program you must first attend an introductory session. 
Contact the Experiential Learning Office for more information: experientialoffice@stu.ca


2020 Sessions:

  • Mondays, 10-10:30 AM in McCain Hall room 102
  • Fridays, 2:30-3:00 PM in McCain Hall room 102

Certificate Requirements

Part 1 Course Based Experiential Learning

(9 credit hours)

For this section, students will need to complete 9 credit hours from the list of academic courses approved by the Registrar. Students must meet the experiential learning component of each course. Course Based Experiential Learning (CBEL) opportunities will use teaching and learning methods that combine academic classroom curriculum, reflection, and learning objectives with meaningful experiential learning activities that take place outside the classroom. Through CBEL there are structured opportunities that link the theory learned in the classroom with learning activities outside the classroom through intentional self-reflection, selfdiscovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content.


Approved 2019-2020 Experiential Learning Courses


Part 2 Community Engaged Service Learning
(30 volunteer hours)

Service Learning takes students out of familiar surroundings and routines and “immerses” them in new ones, helping them apply what they have learned in class to a real world context. In order for the activity and reflective learning to meet the requirements of the Certificate, it must be a non-credit, unpaid and off-campus activity that is facilitated or supported by professional staff and/or faculty members at the University.

Approved Experiential Learning Courses 

Courses approved as part of the Certificate in Experiential Learning are reviewed year to year. 


Benefits of the Certificate

  • Recognizes students for integrating community engagement into their educational experience.
  • Encourages students to simultaneously pursue their interests, meet their educational goals, and make a difference in their community.
  • Provides students with a foundation of analytical, reflective, interpersonal, and leadership skills through coursework and real-world experience.
  • Supports the University’s mission of student engagement in university life inside and outside the classroom.
  • Fosters connections between the University, students, and their community while creating a vibrant academic, social and cultural community to further enhance the "STU experience".


Emily Williams
Human Rights and Criminology & Criminal Justice

"The certificate allowed me to apply the skills and knowledge I gained in my academic courses and receive recognition of engaging in experiential learning on my diploma.The academic component of the certificate helped me find my passion of human rights advocacy and the service learning component allowed me to apply my passion in a local setting." 

Emily completed her volunteer hours by researching, developing and delivering a presentation on immigration strategies to the Population Growth Division of the Government of New Brunswick.