Applied Experience Guidelines

Applied Experience Guidelines & Policies


Educational Studies majors are expected to participate in learning experiences in community-based settings to gain valuable insight into possible roles and career opportunities in education-related fields. To accomplish this, the Educational Studies major requires the completion of an applied learning experience, B EDUC 495 Applied Experience.

Changes to Applied Experience due to COVID-19

For 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years, the School of Educational Studies is reducing the required total number of hours to 50. Please see chart below for Applied Experience credit breakdown:

Credits Weekly Hours Quarter Total
5 5 50 (reduced from 100)
4 4 40 (reduced from 80)
3 3 30 (reduced from 60)
2 2 20 (reduced from 40)

Placement Selection Process

  • Students should meet with their academic advisor at least one quarter before beginning Applied Experience to discuss which Community Based Learning and Research (CBLR) placement option, or self-placement, best meets their academic and career interests. Students can use the EXPO database to explore available CBLR opportunities.
  • Register for B EDUC 495 according to the academic plan developed with academic advisor
  • Work with CBLR staff to secure placement or request approval from B EDUC 495 instructor for self-placement.    

Placement Sites

  • Placements must comply with all policies outlined below.
  • Placements must allow students to examine the Educational Studies Major core themes
  • Possible placements include:
    • Nonprofit organization with a teaching/learning/professional development component
    • Educational research projects
    • Museums
    • Alternative educational settings such as home-school networks, juvenile detention, or social service agencies
    • Neighborhood community centers
    • After-school programs (YMCA, Boys & Girls Club)
    • Public school programs
    • Experimental teaching in STEM or other professional fields
    • Union or advocacy organization


  • The total number of hours required for 5 credits of BEDUC 495 Applied Experience is 100. *See COVID-19 announcement above*

    • The course may be taken for 2-5 credits each quarter until the number of required hours is fulfilled (see table below).
    • Some academic requirements related to BEDUC 495 must be completed for each quarter enrolled--see the BEDUC 495 Applied Experience syllabus for details.
    • Credits Weekly Hours Quarter Total
      5 10 100
      4 8 80
      3 6 60
      2 4 40
  • Applied Experience hours cannot be completed as part of any time spent working in a paid job. 

    • Time spent completing Applied Experience hours is counted towards earning academic course credit for BEDUC 495, and, to avoid any potential conflict of interest regarding time and activities spent working as an employee versus time and activities spent learning as a student. 
    • Exception: Applied Experience hours may be completed in the same organizational setting where the student is employed, but the student must delineate, in writing:
    1. How their Applied Experience hours are separate from those hours for which the student is paid. 
    2. How Applied Experience hours go beyond their duties and responsibilities for their paid job.
    • This written statement must be submitted prior to beginning any Applied Experience hours and must be approved by the BEDUC 495 course instructor. 
    • A student may not request compensation from their employer for any hours they spent conducting an applied experience for BEDUC 495.
  • Time spent in a time-limited internship, paid or unpaid, may be counted toward the completion of B EDUC 495 Applied Experience.

    • Internships are formal, organized programs used to provide a professionally-oriented learning experiences in an organization or occupation; and may be paid or unpaid. Internships are temporary, have a defined end date, and are not considered employment. 
  • Applied Experience hours completed to earn academic credit for B EDUC 495 cannot be used for applied experience (or service learning) hours for another academic course. Nor can Applied Experience (or service learning) hours completed to earn academic credit for another academic course be used or counted for B EDUC 495 Applied Experience hours

    • A single agency or organizational setting may be used to complete Applied Experience hours required for multiple courses (including B EDUC 495) that the student is enrolled in during the same academic quarter.
    • In this case, the student must delineate, in writing:
    1. How their applied experience hours at the agency or organization are separately allocated for each course
    2. How applied experience activities and responsibilities are separate for each course
    3. How applied experience hours respectively contribute to the student’s learning goals for each course.
    • This written statement must be submitted prior to beginning any applied experience hours and must be approved by the BEDUC 495 course instructor.
  • Religious content may not be delivered or taught as part of Applied Experience.

    • If students are engaged in religiously affiliated services or schools, students need to be contributing to the provision of social services through the institution, rather than participation in religious instruction.
    • Volunteer work must address a recognized need beyond congregation membership towards the greater community.
  • Applied Experience hours need to be completed within the quarter dates of enrollment.

    • Any hours completed prior to the start of the quarter enrolled in Applied Experience do not count toward the total hours needed
  • Students are held to the Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington.

Resources for choosing an Applied Experience placement

Community-Based Learning & Research


Career Services

Student Clubs & Organizations