​Pre-clinical Experience Information (Formerly known as "Practicum")


Any questions or paperwork relating to pre-clinical experiences for a specific course should be directed to the instructor of that course. 

​Pre-clinical Levels

Level I (Up to 20 hours): The primary duty is to observe instructional program in progress. These observations may involve limited participation, such as preparing materials or tutoring students. Participation must be under the direct supervision of a host teacher, preferably in a classroom setting. Documentation of hours by the host teacher is required.

Level II (Typically 20-40 hours): Pre-clinical teachers may assume further responsibilities, such as instructing small groups or large groups for all or parts of lessons. Lesson content and materials may be prepared by the pre-clinical teacher along with beginning experience with assessment of student work, subject to approval and guidance by the host teacher. Participation must be under the direct supervision of a host teacher. Documentation of hours by the host teacher is required.

Level III (As determined by the program): Pre-service teachers will, over time, at the discretion of the host teacher, assume additional responsibilities including planning for, instructing, and assessing student learning. Participation must be under the direct supervision of a host teacher in prekindergarten through grade 12 school settings. Evaluation based upon observations by the host teacher, or a university supervisor of preservice teacher performance is required.

Note: Clinical Experience consists of Student Teaching. The Office of Field Experiences will send out requests for each student teaching placement at that time.

​Seeking Pre-clinical Experience

A Pre-clinical Experience Fair is held by the School of Education at the start of every semester. You are encouraged to attend and sign up with teachers in Stevens Point, and the surrounding area. Your course instructor will provide you with the dates of the fair. They will also be posted in the School of Education Newsletter.

If you are seeking pre-clinical experiences outside of the Stevens Point area, you will need approval from your course instructor, the building administrator, and the teacher. Please use the Request for Pre-clinical Experience Form when seeking this type of practicum.

Pre-clinical Experience Etiquette and Protocol

​Pre-clinical Requirements

A Background Check will be required for all students before they are allowed to begin their pre-clinical experiences. Background checks may be requested from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (Wisconsin DOJ).

Some schools or districts may require additional forms. Be sure to check with the school early so as not to delay the start of your pre-clinical experience.

  
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