Welcome to the Georgia Southern University Instructional Technology Program Practicum for School Library Media Specialists. We appreciate your willingness to serve as a site supervisor for one of our candidates. Our students could not complete this important educational step without you! In an effort to simplify the semester and help you prepare for the site supervisor experience, all practicum information has been placed on this website. Please read through this page carefully, then download and save the site supervisor feedback form which you will submit to the instructor at the end of the candidate's practicum. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any further questions or concerns.
Facts about the Practicum
- The candidate is required to spend a minimum of 100 hours in a Media Center under the direct supervision of a certified school library media specialist.
- The Practicum Course is completed during the length of one academic semester.
- Candidates are not paid for this experience, and oftentimes must take time off work to meet practicum requirements.
- Candidates will complete hours and activities at one primary site and two secondary sites, representing different grade levels.
- The capstone project for the practicum is a professional portfolio website. This portfolio, as well as the candidate's resume, will reflect experiences and opportunities provided by your school library media program.
Attention Georgia School Systems Only: Graduate students in the state of Georgia who are not employed by your school system cannot contact Georgia school sites to arrange a field placement in order to complete graduate course requirements. If you were contacted by a candidate who is not employed by your Georgia school system, please advise him/ her to download the Graduate Field Placement Request form and follow the directions within.
Site Supervisor Qualifications
Site supervisors should hold the following qualifications:
- Hold school library media certification.
- Have a minimum of three years of service as a school library media specialist.
- Hold current membership in a relevant professional association at the state or national level.
The Role of the Site Supervisor
- Meet with the candidate and provide opportunities for the candidate to become involved in the life of the school.
- Host the candidate at meetings.
- Advise and mentor the candidate when he/ or she has questions or needs directions.
- Facilitate completion of candidate expectations as detailed in the section below, including collaborative experiences.
- Provide the University with your teacher certification number.
- Complete the site supervisor feedback form at the end of the candidate's practicum experience (for primary site supervisors only!).
- Contact the university supervisor with any questions or concerns about the candidate or the practicum.
Primary Site Supervisor Form
Your professional opinion of the candidate's performance and potential is extremely important to us.
At the end of the practicum semester, please download and complete the form to the left. We understand that you may not observe the student demonstrating all aspects of the rubric, but please fill the form out as much as possible. Once the form is completed, please email it to the candidate's assigned university supervisor.
Candidate Practicum Requirements
During the practicum, FRIT 7734 candidates will spend a minimum of 90 hours in the Media Center under your supervision. FRIT 7765 candidates will spend a minimum of 150 hours in the Media Center under your supervision. During that time, candidates are expected to complete practicum activities exemplifying the diverse role of media specialist. Please note that not all activities need to be completed at the primary practicum site. Each candidate will be responsible for securing two additional sites and it is the candidate's responsibility to document and track activities and practicum hours. An explanation of the candidate expectations for the practicum is available on the Practicum Requirements page.