Practicum in Education

Practicum in Education & Training is a field-based (practicum) internship that provides students with background knowledge of child and adolescent development as well as principles of effective teaching and training practices. Students work under the joint direction and supervision of both a teacher with knowledge of early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence education and exemplary educators or trainers in direct instructional roles with elementary school-aged students. Students learn to plan and direct individualized instruction and group activities, prepare instructional materials, develop materials for educational environments, assist with record keeping, and complete other responsibilities of teachers, trainers, paraprofessionals, or other educational personnel.

The practicum stresses observing, analyzing and classifying activities of the mentor teacher and comparing personal traits with those of successful teachers. The candidate intern will develop a portfolio of their skills, plan and teach a lesson or lessons, understand and practice confidentiality as it pertains to the teaching profession, meet the needs of students with special needs, maintain the safety of the students, practice professionalism, and demonstrate ethical behavior.

Mastery of standards through project based learning, technical skills practice, and leadership development activities of the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will provide students with a competitive edge for either entry into the education global marketplace and/or the post-secondary institution of their choice to continue their education and training.

General Information:

The goal of this class is to give students classroom experience in an area they are interested in and allowing students to demonstrate mastery of the standards.

Goals for the Course:

  • Understand and practice employability skills.

  • Develop a classroom management plan.

  • Research and evaluate classroom guidance techniques.

  • Analyze forms of assessments.

  • Research IEPs and 504 Plans.

  • Create lesson plans.

  • Research liability insurance for educators.

  • Describe types of parent communication and their importance.

  • Interviews with professionals in the field of education.

  • Develop an updated portfolio.