PRACTICUM SEMINAR COURSE
Practicum Field Experience Final Grade
The final grade for the practicum field experience is determined as a result of several components:
- Practicum Field Experience Seminar (Enrolled Course): Attendance, Activities, Assignments (Assessed by Course Instructor)
- Practicum Field Experience Binder within Tk20 (Assessed by University Supervisor(s)
- Field Experience Classroom Performance/Actual Practicum Field Experience. (As reflected through observations by University Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher documented observation protocols.)
General Regulations for Practicum Field Experience
- Under the direction of a university supervisor and a cooperating teacher in the school, the practicum candidate is provided opportunities to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate his/her professional knowledge and skills in the major areas of teacher responsibility within the school. The practicum, which is carefully coordinated with the final student teaching experience, precedes student teaching and is supervised in the same manner with regular visits from the university supervisor and careful monitoring by the cooperating teacher. It is of shorter duration than the student teaching field experience and the level of competence expected is less than for student teaching; however, it is a critical developmental experience for the prospective teacher.
- The minimum requirement for the visitations to the classroom require five (5) days per week and no less than two (2) hours in duration each visit (any variation of this requirement must be approved by the university supervisor and the cooperating teacher). Generally candidates participate in one of three types of experiences offered, depending on the licensure pursued; observing, assisting, and teaching.
- All practicum candidates arrange a schedule that is suitable with the cooperating teacher and university supervisor. Required seminar sessions are offered throughout the practicum field experience which coordinates experiences from the field placement and pertinent information needed to continue learning the skills and dispositions of the professional educator. Time missed for any reason (both undergraduate and graduate) is to be made up at the end of the scheduled period.
- Prior to beginning the experience, practicum students will be asked to sign a contract in which they agree to abide by the guidelines for the practicum field experience.
- Practicum students are expected to observe, assist, and teach (required “teaching hours”) throughout the entire field experience.
- The practicum field experience seminar will continue throughout the field experience. ALL practicum students (undergraduate and graduate) are required to attend.
- No deviation will be allowed from the specified beginning and ending dates for the experience except as approved by the cooperating teacher, the university supervisor, the Director of Teacher Education and the Dean of the School of Education. Should a student complete required hours prior to established time period, they must still participate in these three activities (observe, assist, teach) as assigned by the Cooperating Teacher.
- Practicum students are to arrive at the assigned school at the agreed upon time and leave at the same times as that established by the cooperating teacher.
- Practicum students are expected to be regular and punctual in attendance. If it is necessary to be absent, the student will call an appropriate person at both the assigned school and their assigned university supervisor.
- Practicum students are encouraged to attend school functions regular teachers are expected to attend if their schedule allows.
- The practicum student is required to keep a log of the hours spent in each activity (observing, assisting, and teaching). This information will be included as a separate, labeled section of the practicum binder.
- Practicum students will develop lesson plans using a format acceptable to the cooperating teacher and the University supervisor. Copies of all lesson plans should be in a notebook available for classroom observers/visitors.
- The practicum student will submit plans for daily work to the cooperating teacher before the lesson is taught. This will allow the cooperating teacher to provide input and the practicum student to incorporate this input into the plans prior to teaching the lessons.
- Practicum students are required to attend scheduled seminars and other professional development activities required by their University Supervisors and the Director of Teacher Education.
- Practicum students are expected to assume the responsibilities of a professional teacher, which should be reflected in behavior, attitudes, and dress. Students must dress professionally when visiting a school. Professional dress does not necessarily mean suits and heels for women or suits and ties for men. It does mean students should dress appropriately for the job they will be doing and should set a good example for the students. Examples of unacceptable clothing: jeans and tee shirts; shorts; dirty or untidy clothing; worn and smelly tennis shoes; low cut or tight tops; tight pants; tight or short skirts; or otherwise revealing clothing. Examples of acceptable clothing: slacks and collared shirts for men; slacks, skirts, and dresses for women; comfortable shoes. PE teachers have more latitude due to the nature of their content area. More casual attire may be appropriate for events such as school spirit day or field day.
- Practicum students are not substitute teachers and under no circumstances may they receive pay for serving as substitute teachers during their designated field experience.
Other Important Items to Note:
- Take the initiative: ask what the teacher needs help with and get involved quickly. Do not wait for someone to “ask” you to do something!
- You are the classroom guest. The Cooperating Teacher remains in charge!
- DO NOT WAIT to begin binder. DO NOT WORK ON BINDER IN CLASSROOM (other than gathering data or collection processes). You have other duties to do within the classroom during learning time!