Practicum Options

Library Media Specialist on Emergency License or Current Classroom Teacher

LIBMEDIA 793c: School Library Practicum Combined

Permission of the practicum coordinator is required to register for any practicum course. Students who have a teaching license at the start of their coursework and have been working in a school library media center or teaching in a school for at least six months before the start of the practicum are eligible to do their two experiences in a modified format. This course focuses on both levels and requires a combination of time in two different schools as well as work in one's own district. (Syllabus). For those currently working across a K-12 setting, their activities must relate to both levels.  Certain activities such as interviewing the principal, attending a board meeting, or working with the public library can only be done once.

Practicing Teachers and Librarians on Emergency License

200 hours total covering elementary and secondary levels

This option would NOT apply to those in the library minor, for those who do not have a teaching license at the beginning of coursework, or for those not working in a school. The lowest number of hours outside one's building is for those working on emergency license as a library media specialist in a K-12 setting (88 hours).   Specific hours will be determined for each individual at the beginning of the practicum in consulation with the practicum coordinator.  For summer school experiences, the consecutive days must total 40 hours per level.

 

The level you are currently working at as a LMS or teacher (i.e., elementary or secondary)

The level you are NOT currently working at

Hours per level

Total hours outside school

Total hours in own school / district

Required: 5 consecutive 8-hour days (40 hours) in a school library other than your own.  Four additional hours must be spent before or after the 5-day experience to plan the practicum with the cooperating LMS and follow-up.   These can be after school or during the day via email or phone.

5 consecutive 8-hour days (40 hours) in a school library other than your own.  Four additional hours must be spent before and after the 5-day experience to plan the practicum with the cooperating LMS and follow-up.  These can be after school or during the day via email or phone. 44 88 0
Options:

These activities should be tied to your five practicum goals across the two levels and should be determined at the start of the practicum.

8 hours working with a teacher in your school collaboratively planning and implementing an integrated information problem solving lesson. This must be a teacher you have not worked with previously or a new lesson. (Do one Instructional Leadership goal  at each level)

You may choose to go to another level in your own district to do this and do either of these collaborative planning and teaching activities or other project. (Do one Instructional Leadership goal at each level) 0-16 0-16  0-16 
8 hours working in your own school library implementing new project (e.g., redesigned website for library, changes in circulation system, collection development project, teacher survey, implement new database, collaborate with teacher on use of web2.0 tool). 

8 hours carrying out the following activities for the district:
  • Develop questions and interview your principal and one other principal in your district on the role of the LMS and the library media program in the school
  • Attend a school board meeting and reflect on the process
  • Talk with the public librarian in the area, learn about the public library system in the area, and develop a joint program
  • Examine the district's policies related to information access, technology, copyright, etc.
  • Analyze the district's information and technology skills curriculum and its integration into the curriculum
Each of these activities may be done only once in your own district and should tie to practicum goals.
8 hours carrying out the following activities for the district:
  • Develop questions and interview your principal and one other principal in your district on the role of the LMS and the library media program in the school
  • Attend a school board meeting and reflect on the process
  • Talk with the public librarian in the area, learn about the public library system in the area, and develop a joint program
  • Examine the district's policies related to information access, technology, copyright, etc.
  • Analyze the district's information and technology skills curriculum and its integration into the curriculum
Each of these activities may be done only once in your own district and should tie to practicum goals.
0-8 0-16 0-16

32 hours in either your own school or schools other than one's own  carrying out practicum goals. One day of a relevant professional development activity may be counted here with approval.Visits to other schools for observation are encouraged.

32 hours in schools other than one's own carrying out practicum goals.  One day of a relevant professional development activity may be counted here with approval.Visits to other schools for observation are encouraged. 32 0-64+ 64+
TOTAL 88 132


Certified Teachers Currently Not Working in a School

Do for each level - elementary and secondary (100 hours each)

Required at each level:

5 consecutive 8-hour days (40 hours) in a school library.  Four additional hours must be spent before the 5-day experience to plan the practicum with the cooperating LMS. These can be after school or during the day via email or phone.

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 Options: 8 hours carrying out the following activities for the district:
  • Develop questions and interview your principal and one other principal in your district on the role of the LMS and the library media program in the school
  • Attend a school board meeting and reflect on the process
  • Talk with the public librarian in the area, learn about the public library system in the area, and develop a joint program
  • Examine the district's policies related to information access, technology, copyright, etc.
  • Analyze the district's information and technology skills curriculum and its integration into the curriculum
These activities can only be done once per district.  The activity could be done once in one's own district and once in a district where the on-site experience takes place.

8
  48 hours in schools carrying out practicum goals at appropriate level.  This may be done once in the school where the on-site experience takes place or in other schools. 

48+
TOTAL PER LEVEL 100