School of Arts and Sciences

Compensation for Practicum Courses

Practicums are optional two-credit courses that are attached to at least one four-credit base course.

A practicum give students the opportunity to deepen and enrich their understanding of concepts in the base course(s), either through fieldwork, group projects or individual research. In recognition of the additional commitments from faculty who create and teach practicum courses that have gone through the new course approval process, the Dean of Arts and Sciences will compensate faculty instructors of formally approved practicum courses who submit this form by the deadline of four weeks after the first day of classes.


The faculty instructor will receive a one-time payment at the end of the semester, equivalent to $250 per student (up to eight formally enrolled students, for a maximum of $2000), based on enrollment at the end of the semester.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligible instructors are tenured, tenure-track, contract and adjunct faculty who are not otherwise compensated for a formally approved practicum course.
  • Staff with faculty courtesy appointments and graduate students are not eligible for compensation.
  • Only faculty who teach practicum courses that have gone through the course approval process and have been assigned a permanent EL or other course number are eligible for compensation.
  • Faculty who teach EL94 sections are not eligible. 
  • Instructors of six-credit courses are only eligible if the instructor is holding additional class time of a minimum of one hour per week.
  • In order for a faculty member to receive compensation, a practicum course must be formally approved through the course approval process and enroll a minimum of 3 students.
This policy was revised April 2020.