|(a) General requirements. This course is recommended
for students in Grades 11 and 12. The practicum course is a paid or
unpaid capstone experience for students participating in a coherent
sequence of career and technical education courses in the Government
and Public Administration Career Cluster. Corequisite: Practicum in
Local, State, and Federal Government. This course must be taken concurrently
with Practicum in Local, State, and Federal Government and may not
be taken as a stand-alone course. Students shall be awarded one credit
for successful completion of this course. A student may repeat this
course once for credit provided that the student is experiencing different
aspects of the industry and demonstrating proficiency in additional
and more advanced knowledge and skills.
(1) Career and technical education instruction provides
content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical
knowledge and skills for students to further their education and succeed
in current or emerging professions.
(2) The Government and Public Administration Career
Cluster focuses on planning and performing governmental functions
at the local, state, and federal levels, including governance, national
security, foreign service, planning, revenue and taxation, and regulations.
(3) Students in the Extended Practicum in Local, State,
and Federal Government will concurrently learn advanced concepts of
political science and government workings in the classroom setting
and in the workplace. In addition, students will apply technical skills
pertaining to government and public administration in a direct mentorship
by individuals in professional settings such as government, public
management and administration, national security, municipal planning,
foreign service, revenue, taxation, and regulation.
(4) Students are encouraged to participate in extended
learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations
and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.
(5) Statements that contain the word "including" reference
content that must be mastered, while those containing the phrase "such
as" are intended as possible illustrative examples.
(c) Knowledge and skills.
(1) The student demonstrates professional standards/employability
skills as required by business and industry. The student is expected
(A) participate in a paid or unpaid, laboratory- or
work-based application of previously studied knowledge and skills
related to government or public administration;
(B) participate in training, education, or preparation
for licensure, certification, or other relevant credentials to prepare
(C) demonstrate professional standards and personal
qualities needed to be employable such as leadership, teamwork, appreciation
for diversity, conflict management, work ethic, and adaptability with
(D) demonstrate technology applications skills such
as effective use of social media, email, Internet, publishing tools,
presentation tools, spreadsheets, or databases to enhance work products
with increased fluency; and
(E) employ effective planning and time-management skills
with increased fluency by prioritizing tasks, following schedules,
and tending to goal-relevant activities in a way that uses time wisely
and optimizes efficiency and results.
(2) The student implements advanced professional communications
strategies. The student is expected to:
(A) demonstrate verbal and non-verbal communication
consistently in a clear, concise, and effective manner;
(B) analyze, interpret, and effectively communicate
information, data, and observations;
(C) create and deliver formal and informal presentations
in an effective manner; and
(D) observe and interpret verbal and nonverbal cues
and behaviors to enhance communication.
(3) The student applies concepts of critical thinking
and problem solving. The student is expected to:
(A) employ critical-thinking skills with increased
fluency both independently and in groups to solve problems and make
(B) analyze elements of a problem to develop creative
and innovative solutions.
(4) The student understands the professional, ethical,
and legal responsibilities in government and public administration.
The student is expected to:
(A) demonstrate a positive, productive work ethic by
performing assigned tasks as directed;
(B) show integrity by choosing the ethical course of
action when making decisions; and
(C) comply with all applicable rules, laws, and regulations
in a consistent manner.
(5) The student conducts a project using analytical
problem-solving techniques. The student is expected to:
(A) conduct, document, and evaluate learning activities
in a supervised government or public administration experience;
(B) research a problem, complete a feasibility study,
or complete a product evaluation related to a government and public
(C) collect primary data such as interviews, surveys,
(D) interpret and present quantitative data;
(E) evaluate strengths and weaknesses in technical
skill proficiency; and
(F) collect representative work samples.