Practicum Coordination Handbook Overview Online Course

  • Practicum Coordination Handbook Overview Online Course Introduction

    practicum-handbook

    The focus of this online course overview is on The Practicum in Education and Training, Practicum in Culinary Arts, Practicum in Hospitality Services and Practicum in Human Services.

    Basics of Practicum Coordination for Family and Consumer Sciences
    Under revised Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) adopted by the State Board of Education for career and technical education (CTE) courses effective 2010-2011, each program of study with family and consumer sciences content culminates in a practicum course.
    Through practicum courses, students in grades 11-12 apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout their programs of study by participating in learning experiences that combine classroom instruction with industry work experiences.
    Practicum work experiences may be structured through laboratory-based, paid, or unpaid work experiences for students.


    NOTE
    From the State Board of Education Certification
    Figure: 19 TAC §231.1(e)
    ASSIGNMENT OF PUBLIC SCHOOL PERSONNEL, PART I
    REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSIGNMENT OF TEACHERS

    • The school district is responsible for ensuring that each teacher assigned to this course has completed appropriate training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety. This requirement is effective beginning with the 2010-2011 school year.

    This online course DOES NOT fulfill SBOE requirements but does serve as professional development for six (6) Continuing Professional Education Credits.

    As approved by the Texas Education Agency, a passing score of 80 is required to receive a certificate equalling six (6) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

    Practicum Coordination Handbook (click on hyperlink)

    It recommended that you download and print this FREE document to use as a reference for this online course.

    Related online courses:

    Refer to Practicum in Education and Training Online Course for additional resources, lesson ideas, links to videos and websites and teaching strategies.
    http://cte.sfasu.edu/course/practicum-in-education-and-training-online-course/

    Refer to Practicum in Culinary Arts Online Course for additional resources, lesson ideas, links to videos and websites and teaching strategies.
    http://cte.sfasu.edu/course/practicum-in-culinary-arts-online-course/

    Refer to Practicum in Hospitality Services Online Course for additional resources, lesson ideas, links to videos and websites and teaching strategies.
    http://cte.sfasu.edu/course/practicum-in-hospitality-services/

    Refer to Practicum in Human Services Online Course for additional resources, lesson ideas, links to videos and websites and teaching strategies.
    http://cte.sfasu.edu/course/practicum-in-human-services-online-course/


    The certificates for the successful completion of the online courses are NOT automatically computer generated and are reviewed individually. Certificates will be generated Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.
    For questions, contact: sfacte@gmail.com

  • I. Terms and Acronyms

    Being able to identify terms and acronyms is vital to the success of your practicum program.

    Practicum Coordination Handbook

    Refer to pages A-6 to A-10 in the Practicum Coordination Handbook for assistance in answering the following questions.

    Module I: Terms Pre-Assessment Questions

    1. What is the name of the program which gives high school students a chance to receive credit at participating community colleges across Texas for taking certain enhanced technical courses during high school?

    • a. Dual Credit
    • b. Articulation Agreement
    • c. Advanced Technical Credit (ATC)
    • d. Articulated Credit

    2. An advisory committee contributes to a successful coordination of practicum courses. Which of the following is NOT one of their functions?

    • a. Secure resources
    • b. Provide scholarships
    • c. Market the program in the community
    • d. Network and serve as advocates for the program

    3. The Career Preparation courses are considered multi-cluster courses. Who can teach these courses?

    • a. Any CTE certified teacher
    • b. A Family and Consumer Science teacher
    • c. A Diversified Co-op teacher
    • d. A Co-op teacher

    4. What is a written agreement between the school and the training sponsor for each student enrolled in a work-based instruction component of a practicum course?

    • a. Articulation agreement
    • b. Internship
    • c. Mentorship
    • d. Training plan agreement

    5. Practicum work experiences may be structured through laboratory-based, paid, or unpaid work experiences for students.

    • a. True
    • b. False

    6. A work-based instructional arrangement in career and technical education and is an unpaid training opportunity does NOT include:

    • a. internship
    • b. apprenticeship
    • c. job shadowing
    • d. mentorship

    7. The person who serves as the student’s supervisor at the work-based training site is the:

    • a. teacher-coordinator
    • b. manager
    • c. principal
    • d. training sponsor

    8. The business/industry site where the student is placed for work-based instruction is called:

    • a. training site
    • b. work site
    • c. instruction site
    • d. job site

  • II. Policies and Standards

    Effective operation and management of practicum courses requires personnel to utilize the authority for local autonomy and control of schools while remaining in compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Further, local decision-making is guided by rules and policies of the State Board of Education, State Board for Educator Certification, and Texas Education Agency. Some of the major policies which influence coordination of practicum courses are addressed in the following policy overview. It is a district’s prerogative to set more stringent local policies than dictated by applicable state and federal regulations.

    Note: This overview reflects current policies, which are subject to change. Many referenced policies are stipulated in the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook; the most current version of this document, which can be found on the TEA website, should be consulted annually for updates and changes.

    Student Attendance Accounting Handbook

    Practicum Coordination Handbook

    Refer to pages A-19 to A-22 in the Practicum Coordination Handbook for assistance in answering the following questions.

    This module contains three sections that include:

    • Student Enrollment
    • Credit
    • Management and Instruction

    Module II: Policies and Standards Pre-Assessment Questions

    1. To maintain full funding eligibility, what is the minimum age for enrollment in a class which includes paid work-based instruction?

    • a. 15
    • b. 16
    • c. 17
    • d. 18

    2. The recommended student grade level for practicum courses as adopted in the TEKS is:

    • a. 11
    • b. 12
    • c. 10-12
    • d. 11-12

    3. Prerequisite technical courses are required for practicum courses.

    • a. True
    • b. False

    4. Students may enroll in a practicum course for ______ years.

    • a. one
    • b. two
    • c. three
    • d. four

    5. The State Board of Education approved 2-3 credits per year for family and consumer sciences practicum courses for students enrolled in the full year. However, partial credit may be awarded to students who successfully complete only one semester of a full year course if they enter or exit the course when extenuating circumstances require such a change.

    • a. True
    • b. False

    6. Practicum courses include classroom instruction coordinated with work-based instruction and training experiences.

    • a. True
    • b. False

    7. A practicum course using the paid work-based learning delivery arrangement must span the entire school year and classroom instruction must average _________ class period(s) each day for every school week.

    • a. 0
    • b. one
    • c. two
    • d. three

    8. Training agreements for students in unpaid work-based instruction must be filed:

    • a. after students begin instruction at the training site
    • b. at the time students begin instruction at the training site
    • c. before students begin instruction at the training site
    • d. do not have to be filed

    9. For contact hour funding eligibility from the date of enrollment, the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook specifies that students participating in paid work-based instruction be placed and in training within ___________ days of enrollment; the training plan must also be filed by that date.

    • a. 10
    • b. 15
    • c. 20
    • d. 0

    10. For contact hour funding eligibility, the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook stipulates that teacher-coordinators visit each student training site at least ________ times each school year.

    • a. one
    • b. three
    • c. five
    • d. six

  • III. Wage and Labor Information

    DOL

    Students enrolled in practicum courses must be treated in accordance with all labor laws, including wage and hour requirements. Students participating in paid work-based training shall receive fair and equitable wages. The training sponsor makes the decision about beginning wages and whether the student worker should have wage increases during the training period. Most students begin training at the minimum wage. A training sponsor may choose to utilize the youth minimum wage or a student-learner permit for subminimum wage, if requirements can be met. Students may be involved in unpaid internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, or mentorships if the requirements for wage exemption are met.

    Minimum Wage Poster

    Youth Minimum Wage Fact Sheet

    Practicum Coordination Handbook

    Refer to pages A-24 to A-30 in the Practicum Coordination Handbook for assistance in answering the following questions.

    This module contains ten sections that include:

    • General Labor Information
    • Employment of Student-Learners at Subminimum Wages
    • Youth Minimum Wage
    • Age Restrictions
    • Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Occupations
    • Helpful Department of Labor Information
    • U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Field Offices
    • Transportation
    • Insurance
    • Teacher Certification

    Module III: Wage and Labor Pre-Assessment Questions

    1. A law that governs wage and hour practices including minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the business/industry and government setting is the:

    • a. U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
    • b. Wage and Hour Division
    • c. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    • d. Youth Minimum Wage

    2. The Youth Minimum Wage is __________ an hour and allows employers to pay employees under 20 years of age a lower wage for a limited period — 90 calendar days, NOT work days — after they are first employed.

    • a. $2.13
    • b. $3.50
    • c. $4.25
    • d. $7.25

    3. The minimum age for employment in nonagricultural occupations declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor is:

    • a. 16
    • b. 18
    • c. 19
    • d. 20

    4. The federal minimum wage per hour is:

    • a. $7.25
    • b. $7.75
    • c. $4.25
    • d. $10.00

    5. How many hazardous occupations are applicable either on an industry basis or on an occupational basis for individuals ages 16 and 17?

    • a. 14
    • b. 15
    • c. 16
    • d. 17

  • IV. Management

    Note: This section contains resources representative of local use. Within policies and standards, local districts should adjust as appropriate to meet local needs.

    Practicum Coordination Handbook

    Refer to pages B-1 to B-9 in the Practicum Coordination Handbook for assistance in answering the following questions.

    This module contains eight sections that include:

    • Teacher-Coordinator Responsibilities
    • Student Responsibilities
    • Parent/Guardian Responsibilities
    • Training Sponsor Responsibilities
    • Student Recruitment
    • Student Enrollment
    • Student Attendance
    • Student Transition

    Module IV: Management Pre-Assessment Questions

    1. It is suggested that training plans should be on file with the teacher-coordinator, the training sponsor and the __________________.

    • a. student’s parents
    • b. high school principal
    • c. career and technical education director
    • d. career and technical education counselor

    2. Regardless of the length of a grading period, ____________ training site visit(s) must be conducted during each grading period to earn contact hours for that reporting period.

    • a. one
    • b. two
    • c. five
    • d. six

    3. How can teacher-coordinators remain current on issues related to family and consumer sciences education?

    • a. By researching the Internet
    • b. By attending professional development conferences
    • c. By relying on school administration memos
    • d. Issues remain the same so there is no need to keep current

    4. A student who is absent from school should contact the:

    • a. training sponsor
    • b. teacher-coordinator
    • c. CTE director
    • d. both a and b

    5. A student who is not in class attendance during the time of regular school hours may NOT participate in work-based training that day unless specifically approved by the teacher-coordinator.

    • a. True
    • b. False

    6. How many written evaluations of the student’s performance at the training site should the training sponsor provide?

    • a. None needed
    • b. One per grading period
    • c. One for the entire year
    • d. One per semester

    7. What is an ongoing process that is vital to promoting the success of a practicum course?

    • a. Administration approval
    • b. Funding
    • c. Jobs
    • d. Recruitment

    8. Criteria for acceptance into the practicum courses may include all of the following EXCEPT:

    • a. excellent attendance record
    • b. excellent athletic ability
    • c. excellent behavior record at school
    • d. passing grades in all courses

    9. If a paid work-based training placement has not been achieved within 15 days of enrollment, which option should NOT be available to the student?

    • a. Reassignment to a full class schedule
    • b. Utilize an unpaid form of work-based training
    • c. Allow the student to continue in the practicum course and work at home
    • d. Reassignment to a non-instructional arrangement (study hall)

  • V. Training Sites

    Factors in selecting a particular training site include the following:

    • Capacity and willingness of the training sponsor to provide excellent work-based instruction and
      training experiences in the essential knowledge and skills approved by SBOE for one of the
      following practicum courses that cover family and consumer sciences content:
      • Interior Design
      • Fashion Design
      • Education and Training
      • Culinary Arts
      • Hospitality Services
      • Human Services, specializing in Consumer Services
      • Human Services, specializing in Early Childhood Development and Services
      • Human Services, specializing in Counseling and Mental Health Services
      • Human Services, specializing in Family and Community Services

    Practicum Coordination Handbook

    Refer to pages B-10 to B-15 in the Practicum Coordination Handbook for assistance in answering the following questions.

    This module contains four sections that include:

    • Training Sites
    • Placement of Students in a Training Site
    • Checklist for Student Placement
    • Training Site Visits

    Module V: Training Sites Pre-Assessment Questions

    1. What is a training site?

    • a. A business/industry location where the student is placed where he/she wants to work
    • b. A business/industry location that needs students to work at minimum wage
    • c. A business/industry location where the student is placed for work-based instruction and training experiences in an approved practicum program area
    • d. A business/industry location that will provide employment

    2. When can student placement at a training site occur?

    • a. At the beginning of school only
    • b. During the first days of school only
    • c. At the beginning of summer only
    • d. Various times during the school year

    3. Many school districts start the employment period for teacher-coordinators __________ that of other teachers to facilitate the process of acquiring quality training sites and making student placements.

    • a. before
    • b. after

    4. Student placement at a training site may occur ____________ time(s) during the school year.

    • a. one
    • b. two
    • c. multiple
    • d. three

    5. The ___________________ provides instruction to the practicum student on creating resumes, completing employment applications, interviewing techniques and follows up on all contacts.

    • a. training sponsor
    • b. teacher-coordinator
    • c. parent
    • d. CTE Director

    6. The _________________ determines the amount and schedule of time (in addition to the standard conference/planning) during the school day that a teacher will be provided for coordination of practicum placements.

    • a. local school district
    • b. region service centers
    • c. TEA
    • d. principal

    7. When is the best time for the teacher-coordinator to schedule training site visits?

    • a. during lunch
    • b. during the conference period
    • c. after school
    • d. at the training sponsor’s availability

    8. When visiting a training site, the teacher-coordinator should NOT:

    • a. be well-groomed and properly prepared for the visit
    • b. interrupt or interfere with the student’s training experiences
    • c. be friendly with everyone
    • d. show an interest in the work in progress

  • VI. Training Plan Agreements

    Training Plan

    The Training Plan Agreement is a written agreement between the school and the training sponsor for each student enrolled in work-based training as part of a practicum course. The training plan shall ensure that each student will receive coordinated classroom instruction and work-based training to develop the essential knowledge and skills identified for the approved Career Cluster® program area. Work-based training may be provided through paid work-based learning experiences, internships, and/or apprenticeships and may be enriched with job shadowing and/or mentoring experiences.

    Written training agreements must be prepared and filed locally in accordance with the Texas Education Agency’s Student Attendance Accounting Handbook. To facilitate training plan preparation, the essential knowledge and skills and study assignments for each approved Career Cluster program area should be listed on the respective training plan master for the course.

    The Statewide Instructional Resources Development Center has prepared the training plan agreements with spaces to type in information and the TEKS for each course. Click on the hyperlink to view.

    Paid Training Plan Agreements

    Unpaid Training Plan Agreements

    The purpose of this evaluation is for the training sponsor to give feedback on student progress. It is important for students to know the following:

    • What is expected of them
    • How well they are doing
    • What supervisors think of student performance at the training site
    • What they should be doing to improve their performance in order to achieve their objectives and goals
    • The impact of the evaluation on a student’s grade

    A sample evaluation in Microsoft™ Word is available for you to personalize.

    Sample Evaluation


    The CTE Program Skills Inventory is an evaluation of the student by checking the appropriate number or letter to indicate the degree of competency. The rating for each task should reflect employability readiness rather than the grades given in class.

    CTE Program Skills Inventory

    Practicum Coordination Handbook

    Refer to pages B-17 to B-20 in the Practicum Coordination Handbook for assistance in answering the following questions.

    This module contains three sections that include:

    • Training Plan Agreements
    • Purpose of Training Plan Agreement
    • Preparing the Training Plan Agreement

    Module VI: Training Plan Agreements Pre-Assessment Questions

    1. Written training agreements must be prepared and filed locally in accordance with Texas Education Agency’s:

    • a. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
    • b. Scope and Sequence
    • c. Student Attendance Accounting Handbook
    • d. Policies and Procedures Handbook

    2. The training plan agreement is NOT a:

    • a. contract
    • b. documentation of work-based training experiences
    • c. documentation of class instruction experiences
    • d. written agreement

    3. The front page of the Training Plan Agreement should be completed in its entirety in order to evidence student compliance with ___________________ and Texas Education Agency funding eligibility.

    • a. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
    • b. school district attendance rules
    • c. Child Labor Laws
    • d. Career and Technical Education

    4. A student without a social security number CANNOT participate in a practicum course.

    • a. True
    • b. False

    5. Training plans should be _________________ to display a professional, businesslike appearance.

    • a. hand-written
    • b. faxed
    • c. typed
    • d. emailed

    6. Only the student must sign the training plan agreement.

    • a. True
    • b. False

  • VII. Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

    The United States Department of Education (USDOE) has endorsed Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) as a critical component of an effective career and technical education program.
    The responsibility for career and technical instructional programs and related activities, including CTSOs, rests with state and local education agencies.

    Practicum Coordination Handbook

    Refer to pages B-29 to B-48 in the Practicum Coordination Handbook for assistance in answering the following questions.

    This module contains three sections that include:

    Module VII: CTSOs Pre-Assessment Questions

    1. FCCLA stands for:

    • a. Family, Community and Career Leaders of America
    • b. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
    • c. Family, Career and Curriculum Leaders of America
    • d. Food, Community and Care Leaders of America

    2. TAFE stands for:

    • a. Texas Association of Future Evaluators
    • b. Texas Association of Food Evaluators
    • c. Texas Association of Future Educators
    • d. Texas Society of Future Educators

    3. Only current family and consumer science students may participate in FCCLA.

    • a. True
    • b. False

    4. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for _______________ – planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision-making and interpersonal communication – necessary in the home and the workplace.

    • a. a career
    • b. life
    • c. networking
    • d. college

    5. What kind of profession does TAFE offer students the opportunity to explore?

    • a. Teaching
    • b. College
    • c. Work
    • d. Business

    6. TAFE encourages students to learn about careers in _________________.

    • a. business
    • b. science
    • c. health
    • d. education

  • Scenarios

    1. Mary has agreed to work 15 hours a week in an unpaid training site at an elementary school. She leaves the training site at the same time the elementary children leave for home and you find out that she is only averaging 12 hours a week. No one has called to complain. What should you do?

    • a. Do not say anything since no one has complained
    • b. Remind her of her committment of 15 hours and encourage her to stay after the children leave to assist the training sponsor
    • c. Change her training plan agreement to 12 hours a week
    • d. Remind her of her committment of 15 hours and tell her to come by your room after the children leave to help you grade papers

    2. A student in the Practicum in Education and Training course has a work-based training plan agreement to work at an elementary school. When you arrive to observe the student, you find that the student has been moved to work in the cafeteria. What should you do?

    • a. Nothing – the decision is up to the principal as to where the student should work
    • b. Remove the student from the training site immediately
    • c. Request a conference with the training sponsor as soon as possible to review the training plan agreement
    • d. Nothing – the student does not mind working in the cafeteria and needs the money

    3. A student in the practicum course would like to work in his family-owned business. Is this allowed?

    • a. Sure, why not?
    • b. No, absolutely not
    • c. Maybe
    • d. Check with your school district policies to see if this would be a problem

    4. A practicum student attends his classes in the morning and then leaves for his work-based training site and fails to attend the classroom instruction for the practicum course. What should you do?

    • a. Fail the student
    • b. Give him a zero for each day he misses your class
    • c. Ignore the situation since you will have to do more paperwork
    • d. Conference with the student and remind him that class instruction is part of the practicum course and he must attend

    5. A student working at a child care center arrives to the work-based training site and begins to eat lunch with the children and take care of personal needs during work. The training sponsor has called you to complain. What should you do?

    • a. Speak to your student as soon as possible about taking care of personal needs and eating lunch before work
    • b. Tell the training sponsor to talk to the student about taking care of personal needs and eating lunch before work
    • c. Tell the principal to talk to the student about taking care of personal needs and eating lunch before work
    • d. Allow the student to skip your classroom instruction to take care of personal needs and eat lunch before work

    6. It is senior skip day on Friday. Your practicum students want to skip work and school and join their friends at the beach. What should you do?

    • a. Tell them they will receive a zero for the day if they skip
    • b. Let them go and be with their friends since they will only be seniors once
    • c. Remind them of their responsibilities to school and work and encourage them to make the right choice
    • d. Report them to the principal so that he/she can take care of the situation

    7. A training sponsor has called you to complain about your practicum student not being able to do the job appropriately. The student says he was never trained to do the job. What should you do?

    • a. Set up a conference with both the training sponsor and the student and try to find a solution
    • b. Tell the training sponsor to train the student the way they want the job done
    • c. Remove the student and find another training site
    • d. Set up a conference with the training sponsor’s supervisor and file a complaint for discrimination

    8. A practicum student working in a restaurant has agreed to work 20 hours per week but business has been slow and the student is lucky to get 10 hours. What should you do?

    • a. Tell her that times are tough right now and she should be lucky she has a job
    • b. Begin looking for a second training site for her that will give her the additional hours
    • c. Set up a conference with the training sponsor and find out what is the best solution for both your student and the business
    • d. Hope business will get better soon

    9. A training site has multiple training sponsors for the practicum student. Is this allowed?

    • a. Yes, as long as the training sponsors all collaborate and agree on the training plan agreement
    • b. Yes, as long as there is a training plan agreement in place
    • c. No, only one training sponsor per training site is allowed
    • d. No, multiple training sponsors are too much trouble

    10. While networking with other practicum teachers, you find out that one teacher is not using the training plan agreements for her unpaid practicum students. She says it is too much trouble to do and her district hasn’t asked for them. What should you do?

    • a. Report her to TEA
    • b. Report her to the school district office
    • c. Follow her lead since she has more experience than you do and your school district has not asked for the training plans either
    • d. Follow your district guidelines and have the training plans prepared in case they ask for them for accounting purposes

    11. A practicum student rotates to six different departments in his unpaid training site every nine weeks. How many training plan agreements are needed?

    • a. none
    • b. one
    • c. two
    • d. six

    12. An ARD (Admissions, Review and Dismissal) committee has recommended that a special education student enroll in your practicum course. You were not invited to attend the meeting and do not know the student. What can you do?

    • a. Refuse to accept the student
    • b. Nothing
    • c. Review the student’s IEP and skills and discuss options for the student with parents, student and a special education representative
    • d. Review the student’s school record for any behavioral issues

  • References and Resources

    Handbook:

    • Practicum coordination for family and consumer sciences. (2010). The curriculum center for family and consumer sciences. Texas Tech University; Lubbock, Texas.

    Websites:

    • Statewide Instructional Resources Development Center
      The center’s mission is to provide free online instructional resources to Texas teachers implementing the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career and Technical Education.
      http://cte.sfasu.edu/
    • Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
      Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage Poster
      Every employer of employees subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage provisions must post, and keep posted, a notice explaining the Act in a conspicuous place in all of their establishments so as to permit employees to readily read it. The content of the notice is prescribed by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor. An approved copy of the minimum wage poster is made available for informational purposes or for employers to use as posters.
      http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/flsa.htm
  • Quiz

    Practicum Coordination Handbook Overview Online Course

    Progress:

    1. What is the name of the program which gives high school students a chance to receive credit at participating community colleges across Texas for taking certain enhanced technical courses during high school?

    2. An advisory committee contributes to a successful coordination of practicum courses. Which of the following is NOT one of their functions?

    3. The Career Preparation course is considered a multi-cluster course. Who can teach this course?

    4. What is a written agreement between the school and the training sponsor for each student enrolled in a work-based instruction component of a practicum course?

    5. Practicum work experiences may be structured through laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

    6. A work-based instructional arrangement in career and technical education that provides an unpaid training opportunity does NOT include:

    7. To maintain full funding eligibility, what is the minimum age for enrollement in a class which includes paid work-based instruction?

    8. The recommended student grade level for practicum courses as adopted in the TEKS is:

    9. Prerequisite technical courses are required for practicum courses.

    10. The State Board of Education approved 2-3 credits per year for practicum courses for students enrolled in the full year. However, partial credit may be awarded to students who successfully complete only one semester of a full year course if they enter or exit the course when extenuating circumstances require such a change.

    11. Practicum courses include classroom instruction coordinated with work-based instruction and training experiences.

    12. A practicum course using the paid work-based learning delivery arrangement must span the entire school year and classroom instruction must average _________ class period(s) each day for every school week.

    13. Training agreements for students in unpaid work-based instruction must be filed:

    14. For contact hour funding eligibility from the date of enrollment, the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook specifies that students participating in paid work-based instruction be placed and in training within ___________ days of enrollment; the training plan must also be filed by that date.

    15. For contact hour funding eligibility, the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook stipulates that teacher-coordinators visit each student training site at least ________ times each school year.

    16. A law that governs wage and hour practices including minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the business/industry and government setting is the:

    17. The Youth Minimum Wage is __________ an hour and allows employers to pay employees under 20 years of age a lower wage for a limited period -- 90 calendar days, NOT work days -- after they are first employed.

    18. The federal minimum wage per hour is:

    19. It is suggested that training plans should be on file with the teacher-coordinator, the training sponsor and the __________________.

    20. How can teacher-coordinators remain current on issues related to family and consumer sciences education?

    21. A student who is absent from school should contact the training sponsor and the teacher-coordinator.

    22. A student who is not in class attendance during the time of regular school hours may NOT participate in work-based training that day unless specifically approved by the teacher-coordinator.

    23. What is an ongoing process that is vital to promoting the success of a practicum course?

    24. Criteria for acceptance into the practicum courses may include all of the following EXCEPT:

    25. If a paid work-based training placement has not been achieved within 15 days of enrollment, which option should NOT be available to the student?

    26. What is a training site?

    27. When can student placement at a training site occur?

    28. Many school districts start the employment period for teacher-coordinators __________ that of other teachers to facilitate the process of acquiring quality training sites and making student placements.

    29. The ___________________ provides instruction to the practicum student on creating resumes, completing employment applications, interviewing techniques and follows up on all contacts.

    30. The _________________ determines the amount and schedule of time (in addition to the standard conference/planning) during the school day that a teacher will be provided for coordination of practicum placements.

    31. When is the best time for the teacher-coordinator to schedule training site visits?

    32. When visiting a training site, the teacher-coordinator should NOT:

    33. Written training agreements must be prepared and filed locally in accordance with Texas Education Agency's:

    34. The training plan agreement is NOT a:

    35. The front page of the Training Plan Agreement should be completed in its entirety in order to evidence student compliance with ___________________ and Texas Education Agency funding eligibility.

    36. A student without a social security number CANNOT participate in a practicum course.

    37. Only the student must sign the training plan agreement.

    38. FCCLA stands for:

    39. TAFE stands for:

    40. Only current family and consumer science students may participate in FCCLA.

    41. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for _______________ planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision-making and interpersonal communication - necessary in the home and the workplace.

    42. What kind of profession does TAFE offer students the opportunity to explore?

    43. TAFE encourages students to learn about careers in _________________.

    44. Mary has agreed to work 15 hours a week in an unpaid training site at an elementary school. She leaves the training site at the same time the elementary children leave for home and you find out that she is only averaging 12 hours a week. No one has called to complain. What should you do?

    45. A student in the Practicum in Education and Training course has a work-based training plan agreement to work at an elementary school. When you arrive to observe the student, you find that the student has been moved to work in the cafeteria. What should you do?

    46. A student in the practicum course would like to work in his family-owned business. Is this allowed?

    47. A practicum student attends his classes in the morning and then leaves for his work-based training site and fails to attend the classroom instruction for the practicum course. What should you do?

    48. A student working at a child care center arrives to the work-based training site and begins to eat lunch with the children and take care of personal needs during work. The training sponsor has called you to complain. What should you do?

    49. It is senior skip day on Friday. Your practicum students want to skip work and school and join their friends at the beach. What should you do?

    50. A training sponsor has called you to complain about your practicum student not being able to do the job appropriately. The student says he was never trained to do the job. What should you do?

    51. A practicum student working in a restaurant has agreed to work 20 hours per week but business has been slow and is lucky to get 10 hours. What should you do?

    52. A training site has multiple training sponsors for the practicum student. Is this allowed?

    53. While networking with other practicum teachers, you find out that one teacher is not using the training plan agreements for her unpaid practicum students. She says it is too much trouble to do and her district hasn't asked for them. What should you do?

    54. A practicum student rotates to six different departments in his unpaid training site every nine weeks. How many training plan agreements are needed?

    55. An ARD (Admissions, Review and Dismissal) committee has recommended that a special education student enroll in your practicum course. You were not invited to attend the meeting and do not know the student. What can you do?

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