How do you handle practicums? At the school I was looking at every single class requires a practicum, and there are 11 classes to take to complete the program. I had originally assumed I could just do the activities with my own students, and e-mailed asking if it was okay that I taught in sped or if a gen ed room was required. She e-mailed me back saying that you weren't allowed to use your own students, and you had to make arrangements during the year to take time off or do it in the summer. Is this typical? I'll be new next year so I only have 12 days, and as a brand new teacher to the school I shouldn't be taking off a ton anyway. If I only take classes in the summer, it would take me forever to finish! Are there any reputable online programs that don't require practicums?