Any questions or paperwork relating to practicum for a specific course should be directed to the instructor of that course.
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-service 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-service 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: Practicum IV consists of Student Teaching. The Office of Field Experiences will send out requests for each student teaching placement at that time.
A Practicum 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
If you are seeking practicum 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 Practicum Form when seeking this type of practicum.
A Background Check will
be required for all students before they are allowed to begin their
practicum experiences. Background checks may be requested from the
Wisconsin Department of Justice (Wisconsin DOJ).
schools or districts may require additional forms. Be sure to check
with the school early so as not to delay the start of your practicum.