Higher Education
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Practicum Types

Students can do a practicum in teaching or administration. The administrative practicum can be in a higher administrative unit or a community-based organization.

Teaching Practicum

Students are expected to co-teach at least one three-credit or four-credit course in their discipline under the direction of a mentor from the faculty of the internship site.

At a minimum, students need to help design a syllabus, teach the course, and utilize classroom research techniques to evaluate teaching effectiveness.

Administrative Practicum

Students should work in an organization in higher administration. 

Examples of placements:

  • American Association of Community Colleges Research Office
  • The Office of the Virginia Secretary of Education
  • Virginia Community College System/Richmond
  • New Century College, George Mason University
  • Career Development Services Office, George Mason University
  • Foundation Office, George Mason University
  • BIS Office, George Mason University
  • NOVA/Manassas Community orchestra, NVCC
  • Provost's Office, Annandale Campus, NVCC
  • Dean's Office, Manassas Campus, NVCC
  • Center for Teaching Excellence, George Mason University

Community-Based Practicums

You should work in an organization that works to advance education, but not directly in an institution that offers degrees.

  • Professional association
  • Non-profit concerned with education policy
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