CEL Course Designation
Community engaged learning (CEL) is a pedagogical approach that engages student learning with community-based projects. The CEL elective course designation identifies UNC courses1 that involve students in community engaged learning opportunities.
Contact Hour Ratio:
Learning experience in which students engage with the community, public or private, and integrate the academic content into those experiences.
1:1 = 1 credit
CEL is an elective attribute and the designation is made in coordination and with support from the Office of Engagement, the faculty member and the respective unit, and the registrar’s office. It can be made at the section or course level for undergraduate or graduate. The designation is searchable in Banner.
Application Instructions and Forms
If you are interested in applying for the CEL designation for one or more of your courses, please click below to see the instructions and forms necessary. If you would like to schedule an individual consultation for more assistance with this process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample Syllabi with CEL Designation
1The CEL attribute is separate from course types already coded as follows: Field Instruction – FLD. Instructional activities conducted by the faculty and designed to supplement and/or extend an individual course or classroom experience. Practicum – PRA. Practical student work under the supervision of a faculty member or under supervision of a professional in the student’s field and regular consultation with faculty member. Internship – INT. Applied and supervised field-based learning experience where students gain practical experience following a negotiated and/or directed plan of study. Student Teaching – SST. Faculty supervised learning experience in which student applies knowledge gained in the teacher education program to a classroom setting.
The Office of Engagement