​Office of Field Experiences: Practicum Information


Any questions or paperwork relating to practicum for a specific course should be directed to the instructor of that course. 

​Practicum 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-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.

​Seeking Practicum Experience

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 Newsletter.

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.

Practicum Experience Etiquette and Protocol

​Practicum Requirements

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).

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 practicum.

  
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