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Definition of practicum

: a course of study designed especially for the preparation of teachers and clinicians that involves the supervised practical application of previously studied theory

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she got some coaching experience through a 40-hour practicum with the parks department
Recent Examples on the Web Assign public health graduate students who need practicum experience to rural communities to do contact tracing, data entry, and provide staff support for small county health departments. Dr. Jennifer Olsen, Time, "Rural America Needs Help from the Rest of the Country to Face COVID-19," 23 Apr. 2020 Through coaching and professional development, the program helps teachers work on practicums, lesson planning and preparing for the National Board Certification. Lauren Lee, CNN, "5 charities you can support for Black History Month," 3 Feb. 2020 This particular practicum was the culmination of a 5-day course at the new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) in Blackstone, Va. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "State Dept opens massive new training center, complete with fake town, burning simulator," 23 Dec. 2019 Tussey, who already has a bachelors and a masters degree in engineering, travels to Clarkdale, a town tucked between Jerome and Cottonwood, for classes and practicum work in the vineyard and winery. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "How students in a college winemaking class produced the best wine in Arizona," 19 Nov. 2019 Last fall, Prada was accepted to a practicum for Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. Andrew Adkins, Washington Post, "Childhood cancer survivor graduates, writes new chapter," 6 Sep. 2019 The transformative two-week clinical practicum, providing speech and language services at a variety of sites, is offered annually to first-year graduate students as part of the speech-language pathology program. Sam Boyer,, "College Corner, Medina County," 30 Aug. 2019 For the graduate students, the clinic is a practicum that comes near to the end of their time in the McDaniel program. Catalina Righter,, "McDaniel College graduate students assist elementary-schoolers with reading in summer clinic," 12 July 2019 Bel Air, which has had a sister city exchange agreement with Narva since 2014, was instrumental in setting up the trip, which served as the student nurses final practicum. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Harford Community College nurses, Bel Air officials laud recent Estonia journey," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of practicum

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for practicum

German Praktikum, from Late Latin practicum, neuter of practicus practical

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The first known use of practicum was in 1874

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“Practicum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of practicum

US : a course of study for teachers, doctors, nurses, etc., that involves actually working in the area of study and using the knowledge and skills that have been learned in a school

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