A practicum involving a number of pre-defined experiences (according to the specialty area) with a(n) local agent/agency/school/district over a time period approved in the prospectus. It is designed to afford the student the opportunity to: 1) demonstrate the skills and knowledge acquired during the formal academic process; 2) Learn new competencies and sklills identified as part of the practicum experience; and 3) Engage in an agreed upon project for the partner organization. This practicum is designed to be mutually beneficial expereince: Both the cooperating organization and the student benefit for the exchange of expertise and abilities in a “real world laboratory.â€