Through the Maryville College Student Literacy Corps (MCSLC), students contribute to educational efforts in the greater community. The Literacy Corps combines traditional academic work and real-world experience to enhance student learning and enable students to make meaningful contributions to the community beyond the campus. In a campus-based component, students investigate and analyze the complex issues surrounding literacy education in the United States.

In a community-based component, students participate in tutor orientation and training sponsored by the Maryville College Student Literacy Corps and then work as tutors in community literacy education programs. Tutor site placements include the Adult Basic Education Center, the Tennessee Department of Education, and local foundations, agencies, and religious organizations. Arrangements for the granting of credit may be found under Academic Procedures and Regulations.