Self-Directed Experiential Learning Framework (SELF)

The Self-Directed Experiential Learning Framework (SELF) program recognizes and enhances the paid and volunteer work that BEd students are engaged in outside of the Werklund School of Education. Using guided reflection prompts and synchronous check-in sessions, students in education-related roles can meaningfully connect their external experience to the theory and practice covered in their degree program. This comprehensive reflection process will further develop their growth and skill sets as an educator. 

SELF program participants will:

  • Complete the initial program registration on Elevate
  • Attend or complete five reflection sessions or reflection prompts
    • At least two of the five reflection activities should be completed by attending the Experiential Learning Check-In Sessions below
  • Send an information package about participating in the SELF program to their supervisor
  • Track their hours & submit at the end of the program
  • Complete the final reflection and program survey 

Once all components of the program are complete, experience in the SELF program will be recognized by a certificate of completion.

SELF Program Timeline

SELF Applications Open: August 28, 2024

SELF Applications Close: September 22, 2024*

SELF Opportunity Approval Emails: late September/early October

SELF Program Wraps Up: late April

*Because the SELF program is new this year, the application deadline may be affected by the level of participation we see. We may end up closing the program earlier or extending the deadline, depending on the number of students registering in the program.

Experiential Learning Check-In & Reflection Opportunities

All participants in Experiential Learning programs are welcome and encouraged to attend at least two of the check-in & reflection sessions below as part of their program. Reflection is an incredibly important part of experiential learning. It encourages students to consider their experience so far and to adjusted as needed as they go forward through the rest of their program, or into the next step of their career.

Fall Check-In & Reflection Sessions

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2024: 9:30 am (Zoom)
  • Monday, October 21, 2024: 2:30 pm (in-person)
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2024: 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Monday, November 4, 2024: 9:30 am (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024: 12:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 29, 2024: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2024: 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, December 12, 2024: 9:30 am (in-person)

Winter Check-In & Reflection Sessions

  • Monday, January 20, 2025: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Monday, January 20, 2025: 2:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, January 30, 2025: 9:00 am (in-person)
  • Monday, February 3, 2025: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2025: 12:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, February 20, 2025: 1:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2025: 5:00 pm (Zoom)

SELF Program Q&A

Criteria for opportunities and roles eligible to be included in the SELF program:

  • Can be volunteer or paid
  • Must occur during the Fall/Winter of the current academic year that you are registered in the SELF program. This is to support real time reflection of experiences while in the program.
  • Needs to be at least 2 hours per week (or 20 hours a semester) of participation
  • Must be connected in some way to education and/or achieving your goals as an educator
  • Must have a direct supervisor/manager/coordinator. The supervisor must be open to students using their role to participate in this program.

Examples of eligible opportunities:

  • Volunteering in an area of need identified by your community
  • Volunteering at a non-profit for children & youth
  • Working as a Sunday school teacher
  • Working as an EA

Opportunities that are not included in the SELF program: 

  • Working as a K-12 teacher while taking BEd courses
  • Programs delivered through or by the Werklund School of Education
    • These opportunities are already recognized by the school
  • High risk, unpaid opportunities
  • Roles that are under 20 hours of participation per semester
  • Programs that have taken place in the past or outside of the current academic year
  • Conferences, workshops, interpretive programs that are not at least 20 hours and do not have a direct supervisor

Yes! Students in any year of their program can participate in this program, as long as their opportunity meets the criteria and they can reflect about how their experience connects to theory and practice in education.

Yes! BEd students in any location can participate. The SELF program was developed to meet the evolving needs and development of pre-service teachers, no matter where they live! 


  1. Log on to Elevate
  2. Go to Werklund School of Education > My Werklund Experiences > Courses and Programs 
  3. Click "Apply" on the SELF program, but don't forget to complete the first step to be considered for the program.

Join the program on Elevate!


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