Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours of practicum are required for each practicum course?

The hours of practicum required for each practicum course will vary by program, please see below for additional information:

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education (Not Eligible for Institutional Recommendation)

90 in one practicum class

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education (Not Eligible for Institutional Recommendation)

90 in one practicum class

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology (Not Eligible for Institutional Recommendation)

90 in one internship class

Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Not Eligible for Institutional Recommendation)

60 in one practicum course


Manuals

Are these practicum courses the same as Student Teaching?

No...student teaching is a full-time, 16-week experience. Rather, in these program practicum courses, learners perform either 60 or 90 practicum hours as identified above, in one 8-week practicum course. This is applicable to either the 3- or the 4-credit practicum courses.

Where can the practicum hours be completed?

As a practicing educator, learners have the option of completing their practicum hours within their own classroom. In instances where this is not the case, the following may serve as a resource:

  • Local School Directory (All states listed)  http://www.localschooldirectory.com/
  • Arizona Department of Education   http://www.ade.state.az.us/
  • Private School Review (All states listed)   http://www.privateschoolreview.com/
  • Faith-Based Schools (All states listed)  http://www.faithbasedschools.org/
  • K-12 Academics, Special Education Schools (All states listed)  http://www.k12academics.com/national-directories/special-education-sch
  • Summer Camp Programs (All states listed)  http://www.mysummercamps.com/camps/summer-camp-guide.html
  • THINK Together
  • This tutoring program is one of California's leading and largest providers of academically-oriented outcomes-focused out-of-school programs. This school year, THINK Together will serve 50,000 learners and their families at more than 200 sites in communities across a four-county region of Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside & San Bernardino Counties).
  • Tutoring Programs - Kumon Math and Reading Centers, Sylvan Learning Centers
  • Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCA
  • Summer School Programs
  • Continuing Education Courses
  • English classes offered by the United States Office of Immigration and Naturalization Services
  • English classes offered by the Catholic or Lutheran Social Services

What are the component parts of these practicum experiences?

The practicum will be divided into four distinct components that will logically flow across the learning process. Each component will take the learner through a series of specific steps designed to provide organizational structure and prepare for the next phase in the practicum. There will be specific project due dates and timelines associated with each component that must be successfully completed before proceeding to the next step in the practicum. It will be important to adhere to these guidelines to ensure a successful practicum experience. The component parts of the practicum for learners are as follows:

Needs Assessment

  • Identify a colleague who agrees to serve as your peer mentor.
  • Complete professional standards assessments.
  • Write professional position statement and practicum goals.
  • Continue the completion of your Professional Electronic Portfolio.
  • Analyze assessments to identify personal strengths and growth areas.

Practicum Action Plan

  • Select learning activities based on your needs assessment.
  • Complete a consensus meeting with your peer mentor regarding selected learning activities, project, and/or service delivery functions.
  • Compile a list of persons to observe, interview, and work.
  • Continue the completion of your Professional Electronic Portfolio and activities log around your action plan.
  • Professionally present your Practicum Action Plan to your peer mentor and university instructor. (This presentation can be completed and sent online to your university instructor.)

Implementation of Action Plan

  • Actively implement the Action Plan activities according to the schedule approved by your GCU instructor.
  • Keep accurate and timely documentation of activities.
  • Compile a list of persons to observe, interview, and work.
  • Practice professional and ethical standards.
  • Reflect on learning activities using Activity Reflection forms.
  • Keep the activities log up to date.
  • Meet with your peer mentor to debrief how the Action Plan is going for the purposes of brainstorming more ideas and soliciting feedback.
  • Continue polishing your Professional Electronic Portfolio.
  • Participate in virtual conferences, learning activities, and discussions board groups.
  • Monitor progress through formative evaluation feedback from your peer mentor and adjust your performance and activities as appropriate.

Summative Evaluation Activities

  • Write a brief summative assessment of your performance across each profession skill contained in your Practicum Action Plan.
  • Complete a reflection summary of major competencies within your professional field.
  • Complete your Professional Electronic Portfolio as a coherent document ready to be sent for evaluation to the College of Education.
  • Compile the Practicum Activity Log Summary, cataloguing the activities performed, the associated time spent across each activity, and your reflections from each intervention session.
  • Complete your summative evaluation with your peer mentor and university supervisors.
  • Write a Professional Development Plan based on your practicum evaluation results.
  • Turn in all requested documents and reports to the university supervisor.