At UWF, there are four types of CPT:
1) Specific training that is required for all students in order to obtain a degree:
Specific training that is required for all students in a program and is necessary for the awarding of the degree. The requirement is stated in the catalog as a degree requirement for ALL students. Some examples at UWF are: clinical practica for Nursing majors, and ESOL/Reading Professional Practicum for Exceptional Student/ESOL Certification for Education Majors.
Enrollment: if required, you must be registered for the course during the period that you are working under CPT authorization.
2) An elective course that requires work experience:
Included in this category is employment for a course specifically designed to award academic credit for an employment experience. Such CPT requirement is listed and defined in the course’s syllabus given to students at the beginning of the semester. For example, Business Practicum or Field Experience in certain courses.
Enrollment: You must be registered for the course during the period that you are working under CPT authorization.
3) For-credit elective field experience required and directly related to the production of Thesis or Dissertation after completion of all coursework (graduate students only):
Master’s and Ph.D students (who have completed ALL their coursework) and are enrolled in Thesis or Dissertation hours respectively where the training opportunity is absolutely necessary component of the student’s research – without which the Thesis or Dissertation cannot be completed.
Enrollment: You must be registered for the appropriate number of Thesis or Dissertation hours during the period that you are working under CPT authorization.
4) Cooperative Education Programs:
Assigned through UWF’s Career Center. You can also contact the Career Center at UWF located in Building 19 North for detailed information or an application and instructions visit their website at http://uwf.edu/career. For more information on Cooperative Education as an International Student, please visit the International Student Office on Building 71, Room 146, or call (850) 474-2479