CASE coursework is designed by leading researchers and leaders in the field; it emphasizes theories and principles applicable to improving the engagement of young people in learning both during and outside the school day.
- CASE undergraduate students have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of K-12 youth in the surrounding community.
- CASE undergraduates learn to bridge course content and real-life practice as they work hands on with youth.
- The CASE program is an important stepping-stone for any student interested in exploring a teaching career.
- CASE graduates will be prepared for securing part-time or full-time teaching positions in a wide-variety of afterschool or summer programs during their undergraduate career.
Making the CASE for CASE.....
The Certificate in Afterschool and Summer Learning program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to take six education courses that will lead to a specialization in a field that predominantly targets the needs of over 10 million children and youth in this country that live in low and moderate income neighborhoods.
These children and youth are often so far behind in their learning because they have simply not been given as many opportunities to succeed. The time that afterschool and summer represents is their opportunity to catch up.
Through informal learning environments, afterschool and summer programs offer important and unique opportunities to accelerate learning through active, meaningful and collaborative activities that expand horizons and build mastery in ways that are often challenging to do during the school day alone.
With over 73% of low-income schools in California offering an afterschool program and 20% of all children participating nationally, these courses are important resource for any educator.
Learning in Afterschool & Summer
What courses do I have to take?
(Find course descriptions HERE and track your progress using this course tracker HERE)
The CASE program also exposes undergraduate students to different afterschool models and contextualizes the current programs in the evolving social, economic and political influences on the field. Certain courses also include the opportunity to engage in fieldwork. Click here to learn more about the fieldwork experience.
CASE Certificate Requirements Completed? Submit your application to receive your CASE certificate here.
Education Science Majors, Education Minors, and Non-Education Majors will receive a certificate upon completing CASE Certificate requirements.
Students are required to submit this application to request their CASE certificate; they are not automatically issued after completion of coursework. The deadline to complete the CASE Certificate Application is Friday of Week 1 of Spring quarter. Certificates are issued annually after Spring grades are posted.