Getting Started

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In order to successfully register for this course and have a great practicum experience, you will need to familiarize yourself with the deadlines and the learning agreement form. It takes time to find and negotiate a practicum learning experience. It is important to start the term before you wish to do the practicum.

Review the dates and deadlines for turning in forms at the beginning and end of the terms: Deadline Table

Download, fill out in Adobe Acrobat, and print the Practicum Learning Agreement. This form must be signed so you must print it out. Use the following information to fill out each section of the agreement:

1. Course Syllabus

Sample syllabus from Fall 2017 is available here.

2. Learning Agreement
The Practicum learning agreement is an important communication and negotiation tool for you and for the community partner to determine the amount of hours and the project you will work on. You need to spend some time before meeting your community partner establishing what you want to learn. Then negotiate with your community partner the possibilities of meeting these learning objectives. Once established the learning objectives will help you figure your weekly hours and credit load.

Who signs this agreement?
The student (you), the community partner (the person supervising you), and the practicum instructor for the AAd409/609 course.

3. Calculating Work Hours and Credit

The university policy on practicum credit is outlined below. Share this formula with your community partner and work together or on you own to establish a reasonable work load for you that balances with your academic studies.
1-2 credits = 2-3 objectives = 3-6 hours of practicum work/week
3-4 credits = 3-5 objectives = 9 – 12 hours practicum work/week
5-6 credits = 5-7 objectives = 15 – 18 hours practicum work/week

4. What is a liability waiver?
At the end of this agreement, you will see a waiver. The University of Oregon sponsors many travel, recreational, cultural, educational, and physical activities for members of the university community and the public. Some of these activities may subject the university and its employees to increased legal liability. In order to ensure that participants fully understand and appreciate the risks associated with these activities, as well as to mitigate the potential liability risk to the university, participants need to sign waivers.

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