Practicum Options

Library Media Specialist on Emergency License or Current Classroom Teacher

LIBMEDIA 793c: School Library Practicum Combined

200 hours total covering elementary and secondary levels
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.

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 (80 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.

Selecting Levels: Students should have experiences at all three levels (elementary, middle school, high school).  Choose the levels for the 5-day practicum experiences to cover those not previously covered in either a professional job or prior field experience.  If a student has worked at more than one level, one of the experiences should be at the non-covered level and the other one is the student's choice.  If the student has experiences at all three levels, the two levels chosen for the 5-day experiences are up to the student.  

 

Level 1

Level 2

Hours in your own school

Total hours outside school

Required: 5 consecutive 8-hour days (40 hours) in a school library other than your own.  Up to 4 hours may be spent before and/or after the 5-day experience to plan the practicum with the cooperating LMS and follow up on activities to get the 40 hours. 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.  Up to 4 hours may be spent before and/or after the 5-day experience to plan the practicum with the cooperating LMS and follow up on activities to get the 40 hours. These can be after school or during the day via email or phone. 80
TOTAL outside own school 80
Options:    These activities should be tied to your five practicum projects across the two levels and should be determined at the start of the practicum. 
Up to 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 Information Literacy / Teaching and/or Reading and Literature goal  at each level) You may choose to also choose to go to another level in your own district to do these collaborative planning and teaching activities or other project. (Do one Information Literacy / Teaching and/or Reading and Literature goal at each level) 0-16
Up to 80 hours in in your own school (or others in the district) carrying out practicum projects (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). 

One day of a relevant professional development activity may be counted here with approval. Visits to other schools for observation are encouraged.
64-80
Up to 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  
TOTAL HOURS in your own school 120

Certified Teachers Currently Not Working in a School

LIBMEDIA 793e, 793m, 793s: School Library Practicum (elementary, middle school or high school) 

Do two levels from elementary, middle school or high school (100 hours each)

Selecting Levels: Students should have experiences at all three levels (elementary, middle school, high school).  Choose the levels for the 5-day practicum experiences to cover those not previously covered in either a professional job or prior field experience.  If a student has worked at more than one level, one of the experiences should be at the non-covered level and the other one is the student's choice.  If the student has experiences at all three levels, the two levels chosen for the 5-day experiences are up to the student.  

Required at each level: 92 hours in a school library carrying out practicum goals at appropriate leve l.  Four additional hours may 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.  Some of these hours may be done in schools at the same level if appropriate to the projects. A relevant conference may count for up to 8 hours.   92-100
 Options: Up to 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
0-8
TOTAL PER LEVEL 100