The professional skills area (12 credits) is divided into two
parts: nine credits of course work and a three-credit practicum.
The aim of these 800-level courses is to develop the effectiveness
of teachers of history, social studies, or social sciences by
stressing both new approaches to instruction and recent
developments in the field. The practicum is devoted to the
discussion and working out of problems confronted by the teacher in
the classroom and is designed to encourage the employed
professional to consider alternative instructional means and to
evaluate the effectiveness of current teaching techniques.