Practicum experiences are required of all degree-seeking students in the following minors, Recreation, Tourism, and Facility & Event Management at Western Kentucky University. This handbook was designed to guide students and their supervisors through this practicum fieldwork experience. The handbook is required for all students enrolled in REC 493.
The term, "Practicum," refers to a part-time or short-term supervised educational work experience with an approved agency, organization, or institution. A practicum allows a student to develop professionally through a work experience under the guidance of leaders in a field.
In addition, the practicum site is an extension of the curriculum, and the practicum experience affords the student an opportunity to apply his/her theoretical knowledge and technical skills in a practical manner, gaining valuable pre-professional in-service training, which will better enable him/her to perform with a higher level of skill and confidence.
PRACTICUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
All undergraduate minors must meet the following requirements to be eligible for REC 493 Practicum:
1) Have completed at least 6 hours of the course requirements for the minor AND
2) Have at least a 2.0 GPA overall
Near mid-term of the semester prior to practicum, the University Practicum Supervisor will hold a Practicum Orientation. During that meeting, all eligibility requirements will be confirmed by the Practicum Supervisor.