On June 8, Jenel Lao, Director of SoE's Undergraduate Programs, congratulated the 32 undergraduates who had earned their Certificate in Afterschool and Summer Education (CASE) this academic year. To earn a certificate, a student completes six courses (24 units) and 70 hours of fieldwork in local afterschool programs. To date, the CASE program has certified 195 undergraduates.
The CASE program has been designed to blend theory, research, and practice. Through coursework, students learn the importance of and strategies for matching out-of-school academic and enrichment experiences with the interests, needs, and developmental level of program participants. From fieldwork experience, students gain valuable skills and knowledge and discover their capacity for helping others. The students' capstone projects summarize their observations and assessments of their onsite experiences.
CASE was introduced 11 years ago to train and certify UCI students to administer afterschool activities. Although the certificate program prepares undergraduates for part-time and full-time positions in afterschool and summer programs serving K-12 students, CASE attracts undergraduates from all majors and minors who wish to contribute to the wellbeing of area youth while realizing their own talents for education and service.
Read more: Making the CASE for Estracurricular Education