Timeline For Completing Practicum
While the practicum is certainly non-traditional, even by McBride standards, it is meant to be, first and foremost, a unique and meaningful experience for you. For many of you, this will be the first time that you are the chief architect of the class you are taking. In addition to identifying what you want to do and where you want to go, you must also grapple with the bigger questions of course design: why do I want to do these things? How do I think critically about the things I want to do? What is the larger intellectual value on which I wish to capitalize? Designing an effective and useful practicum is an iterative process, and one that should be undertaken in coordination with the practicum advisor and other McBriders. You don’t need to do this alone, in other words. It is helpful, especially at the start, to think big. Forget the constraints of time and resources. What do you want to do? Let’s start by seeing if we can make that happen.
Fall semester Sophomore year: Meet with practicum advisor to discuss interests, resources, and timelines, and to begin shaping the pedagogy and learning outcomes for your Practicum. Contact at least one person in the practicum cohort. Visit Practicum resources page to get help with course and assignment design.
Spring semester Sophomore/Fall semester Junior year: Complete Practicum Proposal, file with Practicum Advisor and Program. Apply for funding if applicable.
Fall/Spring semester Junior year: Complete practicum and all associated coursework.
Use this checklist to ensure you stay ahead and on time with all the dates associated with your chosen practicum