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In addition to the two content courses each semester, students in the administrative licensure programs will have a CR/NC hybrid practicum course.  This will serve as the (fieldwork) experience for administrative licensure candidates.  This course combines an individualized approach to field experiences with seminar or workshop support. The practicum experience supports the student’s progress towards requirements designed to meet ELP Department expectations and USBE Administrative Licensure requirements.

Course Format

The practicum course is designed as a CR/NC option that: 

  • supports practicum (hours) assignments in each of the semester’s content courses;
  • will have a seminar and/or a workshop and cohort meetings scheduled each semester;
  • two full days each semester completing practicum hours in a school; and
  • includes guide for self-paced progress of school leadership learning activities and tasks.

Practicum Assignments – Semester Courses

Students must complete all practicum assignments within the content courses in each semester with a passing grade for credit.

Seminars, Workshops, Cohort Meetings

Seminars and workshops may include guest speakers, panel discussions, skills practice, network opportunities and sharing of developing and established school leadership expertise. One seminar or workshop will be scheduled per semester. Cohort meetings will be scheduled 1 – 2 times per semester and are for the purpose of updating all licensure students with current and relevant program information.    

School Site Practicums

Each student will complete two full days of school-based JOB SHADOW practicum each semester.  Four days are to be scheduled at the elementary level and four days will be scheduled at the secondary level.  *Please note that it is expected that the two full days in the fall and spring semester occur during a regular school day.  While this is also preferred for summer semester, due to school year calendars, an appropriate option would be within a school hosting a summer program.

Leadership for Learning Guide

The Leadership for Learning Guide has been developed to support the administrative licensure candidate to engage, observe, participate, and explore multiple tasks and activities that are required of school administrators.   These tasks and activities have been designed around the Utah State Standards for Educational Leadership. The student will use this guide as a self-paced learning project throughout the course of their program of study.  Some of these items will need to be completed at both the elementary and secondary level; while others can be completed at either level.  Check in with student progress will be done each semester, however it is the full responsibility of the student to track their individual progress.

Goals and Learning Outcomes

Goals of the Program/Practicum Progress toward Goals
To provide the student with a variety of experiences needed to develop entry level skills in administrative techniques. Practicum Checklist for Leadership Learning; Practicum Assignments
To assist the student in gaining a realistic perspective of school administration as a result of working with experienced career administrators Full day Practicums (8); Practicum Assignments
To assist the student in developing knowledge, skills and dispositions to promote learning for every student. Practicum Assignments; Course
To provide opportunities to bridge course work and field experiences. Practicum Assignments; Full day Practicums
To assist the students in making a smooth transition from current educator roles to future administrative roles.  Workshops, Seminars, Cohort Meetings
 To assist the student with opportunities to apply administrative theory in the solution of practical administrative problems.  Course Readings, Discussions, Activities
 To support the student in making professional career choices based upon an analysis of developing and demonstrated competencies. Program evaluations; Practicum evaluations 
Last Updated: 10/9/20