GS 699 Practicum in College Teaching
The Practicum in College Teaching and Learning is designed to provide qualified graduate students with an opportunity to develop as university teachers, to gain teaching experience, and to document their teaching and professional growth through a mentored program which fosters reflection, self-evaluation, assessment and revision. The practicum experience is offered as a 3-credit hour course (GS 699 Practicum in College Teaching) which includes the mentored teaching experience and development of a professional teaching portfolio. The Practicum is offered through collaboration between the University of Kentucky and collaborating institutions. A practicum may be carried out as a TA or PTI assignment, provided that the participant has full responsibility for the course.
To help graduate students/postdoctoral scholars/faculty to:
Practicum participants are expected to apply the knowledge and skills gained in their discipline and in their Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning courses. These include:
Practicum participants are expected to meet all instructional, professional, and ethical standards and faculty expectations for their collaborating institution.
As a result of the practicum, participants are expected to enhance their teaching knowledge and skills, refine their philosophy of teaching, enhance their skills as a reflective practitioner, enhance their understandings of the structure and functioning of institutions of higher education, and participate, as appropriate, in the broader life of the institution.
The graduate student/postdoctoral scholar/faculty member must:
Grades for GS 699 will be developed in consultation with the mentor faculty and with the practicum student. Final responsibility for grade assignment resides in the practicum's university supervisor. No credit will be awarded for GS 699 until an acceptable teaching portfolio covering the teaching experience has been submitted. (Note: Because of differing schedules across academic institutions, this may mean that grades of incomplete will be temporarily assigned until participants have completed all teaching assignments at their collaborating institution.)
When permission to enroll in GS 699 is granted (see Prerequisites below) , participating graduate students will be asked to work with their university supervisor to identify an appropriate mentor at the host institution. The mentor and practicum participant will develop and sign a mentoring contract documenting expectations. The university supervisor and appropriate academic office at the collaborating institution will sign off on the final contracts.
Participants are responsible for ensuring that their tuition for GS 699 is covered. If you are not sure if your tuition for GS 699 will be covered by your TA or RA position, scholarship, fellowship, university employee benefits, or other source, check with your advisor and/or the Graduate School for options.
Support from Collaborating Institutions
In general, practicum participants are paid as adjunct instructors at the normal adjunct rate for the institution where they are completing their practicum. Many other arrangements are possible, however. It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that financial arrangements are clear and agreed upon by the institution before the practicum begins.
Financial arrangements for the practicum are the responsibility of the practicum participant and the collaborating institution. It is the student's/postdoctoral scholar's responsibility to ensure that support from the practicum does not conflict with any financial support from the University of Kentucky or other concerned agency.
Prequisites for admission to the Practicum include:
International students who wish to do an off-campus practicum must receive approval from Immigration before applying for their mentored teaching experience. This approval is documented through the Practicum in College Teaching (GS699) Approval for International Graduate Students [PDF]
Graduate Student Responsibilities
The Practicum is a mentored teaching experience that not only immerses the graduate student in teaching but also fosters reflection on the experience, provides structured feedback and plans for improvement, and guides students in developing a teaching portfolio. The practicum requires that the graduate student assume full responsibility for a course, under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Supervision for the practicum experience is a joint responsibility of the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning, Certificate faculty, and the student's mentor. The practicum is distinct from many mentored Teaching Assistant experiences because the student must have full responsibility for the course, including syllabus and materials development, assessment, instructional responsibilities, and grade assignments. Credit will not be assigned until the graduate student has submitted an acceptable teaching portfolio that includes the practicum experience.
It is the responsibility of practicum students to ensure that they complete all professional responsibilities at their collaborating institution, including:
Mentor ResponsibilitiesIt is the responsibility of the mentor faculty member to:
In addition, we hope that the mentor will serve as a potential professional reference for the practicum student.
University Supervisor ResponsibilitiesIt is the responsibility of the University supervisor to:
For more information, contact Dr. Morris Grubbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 257-9725.