Every fall semester, the Higher Education Department puts on the Practicum Fair. This year, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, UM departments were invited to participate as an exhibitor and talk to current graduate students in the Higher Education Program. The practicum fair was coordinated by John Holleman, director of graduate studies for the School of Education. With 20 different departments, first-year and second-year graduate students in the M.A. in Higher Education program were able to talk to UM administrators to gain insights on practicum opportunities.
Each student in the M.A. in Higher Education program are required to complete two practicum experiences, but if they work at least 20 hours per week in a higher education related position or have a graduate assistantship. In the practicums, students will work 150 clock hours of supervised practice completed during one semester. Supervised by qualified professionals, students spend time on-site performing activities that benefit the department they are working in.
When asked about his experience at the Practicum Fair, first-year master’s student Dale Hall said, “I really enjoyed the Practicum Fair. I was able to learn a little bit more about departments that are on our campus. Talking to them helped me realize that I am truly in the right profession.”