While taking the courses in order is ideal, students are allowed to take courses in any order with the following stipulations:
Students should participate in the Level I assessment at the end of their first 12-15 hrs. Students may take one Level II course before completing the Level I exam.
A normal course load is six hours per semester. This allows for adequate time and attention in preparation for class activities and assignments. In addition to academic success, an important part of the program is student demonstration of self-discipline in maintaining a healthy life balance. Experience shows that taking a normal course load (3 or 6 hours in one semester) increases the likelihood of this demonstration. Any deviation from the recommended course load must be approved in advance by the Educational Leadership program faculty.
The prerequisite is completion of EDCL 6352 where research strategies are explored and practiced. In some cases, prior background in research and a clear understanding of how to develop surveys, conduct interviews, analyze findings, conduct a literature review, and combine into a summary are skills that should be documented. Prior background may include other graduate-level research courses or completion of a Master’s thesis that is action research based.
Certification only students are not required to defend their final product before a committee of professors. Rather, they make an in-class presentation for their classmates and professor of record. Defense of product would only be required of master’s candidates and serves as the oral exam requirement.
6358 is intended to preceed the internship or be early in the internship (no later than the fall semester of the practicum/internship) so that the action research can be conducted and the plan implemented in the same campus as part of the internship requirement. When this is not possible, alternative arrangements can be discussed with your Texas State University internship supervisor. However, it is your responsibility to find a school and site mentor.
The practicum is a two consecutive semester experience that must begin in the fall semester. To be eligible to apply for the practicum you must have completed at least 24 semester hours in the program. A completed application for the Practicum/Internship must be received in the Educational Leadership Office by June 15th in order to enroll for the fall semester. Practicum applications can be downloaded from the CLAS web site and can be printed, completed, and faxed, scanned/emailed or mailed in.
No. Students generally complete the practicum in the school where they are currently working. Normally, the campus principal or an assistant principal will serve as the on-site mentor. Practicum students are responsible for making these arrangements.
If you change jobs after you have applied for the practicum, it is your responsibility to notify the Program Coordinator of the change to get approval from the faculty. Likewise, you must get the approval of the principal at your new school to participate in the practicum.
No, but there are required meetings each semester. Attendance at these meetings is required. Your University Supervisor will also visit you at your internship site several times during the year.
No. Program decision makers assign practicum supervisors (usually by geographic proximity).
In the fall you may register for any section of EDCL 6387 listed on Catsweb. In the spring you will sign up for the section of EDCL 6388 assigned to your University Supervisor.
A comprehensive description of practicum expectations can be found on our web site. In addition you will be given a hard copy of the expectations/course syllabus at an orientation meeting held before the start of the fall semester.