Each student in the CSAL concentration is required to complete EDH 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Experience and EDH 686 Practicum/Graduate Field Experience II. These are field based experiences designed to allow students to pursue specialized areas of interest and are completed after the completion of 18 graduate credits. Each practicum will consist of 150 hours of practice within the internship or placement site. A required component related to the practicum is a seminar that helps students apply theory to practice. Seminar students meet as a group with faculty during Fall and Winter Semesters and meet online during the Spring/Summer Semester. Students must have permission from the CSAL program coordinator to enroll and apply by February 15th for summer, by May 15th for fall semesters, and by September 15th for winter semesters.
It is the student's responsibility to identify a practicum site. Some examples of practica sites on Grand Valley's campus include the offices of Admissions, Housing, Student Life, Dean of Students, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and others. Additional sites in the Grand Rapids area at either a two-year college or at one of several private four-year colleges are possible. Students have also completed their practica at various colleges around the country.