Office of Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Learning coordinates activities for Southeastern's Real-World Ready initiative.

Experiential learning provides opportunities for students to practice in a setting that is authentic to advancing their intended careers. These learning opportunities are current, pertinent, performance-based, practical applications of knowledge and skills experienced within the curriculum.

Experiential learning falls into categories that will vary by discipline and academic major including, but not limited to, internships, service-learning, undergraduate research, civic engagements, study abroad/away, field experiences, creative activities, practice, hands-on learning, mentoring, leadership training, student teaching, and apprenticeships.

The mission of the Office of Experiential Learning is:

  • To bring EL into better partnership with the bedrock of academic rigor (reading, thinking, writing, and reflection) in an effort to serve students more effectively
  • To support and engage students, faculty, and community partners in meeting the challenges of preparing students for twenty-first century workforce demands


Real-World Ready Annual Report 2018-2019


Family and Consumer Sciences student Debra Perilloux presenting her research from her Real-World Ready course at the AAFCS 109th National Conference and Expo in Dallas, TX.

Family and Consumer Sciences student Debra Perilloux presenting her research from her Real-World Ready course at the AAFCS 108th National Conference and Expo in Dallas, TX.



Featured Interview

Judge Edwards

Judge Blair Edwards

By Tonyalea Elam

Full Interview

Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Sciences as a Real-World Ready event, Judge Edwards eagerly accepted an invitation to speak with students pursuing degrees in Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Education.  Her presentation included data on truancy, child abuse/neglect, drug court and the complexities that comes from working with youth and families impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and trauma.