A practicum allows Western students to access different employment sectors and community environments with the express purpose of applying theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting. Practicum courses allow students to gain valuable experience under the supervision of professionals currently working in a field. Students can bring their experience back into the classroom, as well as to future jobs in the sector.
When planning your course schedule, look carefully at courses with a practicum component to make note of available placements as well as expected number and frequency of required hours in practicum. Practica are typically offered in areas such as the health sciences and education.