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Practicum Requirement

The Sixth College Practicum requirement is an upper-division general education requirement that embodies the College’s commitment to providing an engaged and experiential education. The purpose of the requirement is to provide an opportunity for students to learn through doing in a manner that facilitates critical thinking, reflection, and career preparation.

Through the Practicum requirement, students will:

  • Understand how to apply academic theories and concepts to real-world settings and situations.

  • Gain experience in taking ownership of their own, self-directed learning.

  • Develop professionalism through an understanding of expectations and cultures in different fields and/or career areas.

Learn more about the many options for fulfilling the Practicum!

Eligibility Criteria

A course must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for eligibility and approved for Practicum credit.

  • Faculty supervision.

  • Four units of upper-division credit.

  • A significant experiential learning component or opportunity.

  • A final project such as a paper, presentation, or performance.

Fulfillment Logistics

In order to be eligible to fulfill the Practicum requirement, students must keep the following logistical details in mind while planning when to participate in a Practicum project.

  • Students must have completed at least ninety units before taking a Practicum course.

  • The Practicum can be done before, while, or after taking CAT 125 or CAT 125R.

  • A Practicum class may be as taken pass/no pass.

  • Retroactive credit is not accepted.

Practicum Advising

To ask a question about the Practicum requirement and the tracks to fulfill it, or to schedule an advising appointment, please write into the Virtual Advising Center.

Program Staff

Bill Robertson-GeibelBill Robertson Geibel

Associate Director of Experiential Learning and Practicum

Dr. Geibel oversees the Practicum program and requirement at Sixth College and is in charge of strategic planning, program development, student and community engagement, and partnership building. He welcomes inquiries from students, staff, faculty, and community partners, and can be reached at


Jeanne MonahanJeanne Monahan

Practicum Advisor

As Practicum Advisor, I work with students to find projects that will advance their academic and professional goals while also contributing to their general education requirements. Additionally, I manage scheduling and enrollment for all upper-division courses in the CAT program, including CAT 125 and CAT 125R.


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