The SYA Practicum is a first-of-its-kind course allowing students to engage in competency-based education in an authentic environment. The SYA Practicum is best imagined as an all-encompassing “SYA class,” incorporating all aspects of the student experience: numerous fieldwork opportunities, involvement in the community and engagement with the host family. We believe that the learning environment extends well beyond the classroom walls, and therefore Practicum is designed to continually present students with opportunities to challenge themselves. Students work with their advisor regularly to manage their progress and engage in regular self-assessment of the competency goals. This individualized approach ensures that students consistently feel supported and challenged.
An essential part of the Practicum is the SYA Capstone Project. More than just a “final project,” students must engage in extensive primary source research, participate actively in the community and engage in a public display of their work based on a metacognitive view of their studies. The Capstone Project provides students with the opportunity to showcase their yearlong growth through a comprehensive, experiential and place-based project on the topic of their choice.
Learn more about our teaching approach from SYA Spain Resident Director Meghan Lewis Roof, below.