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Practicum Courses

  • EDUC3280 Middle School Practicum (Pre-req: EDUC3560)
  • EDUC3290 Early Childhood Practicum  (Pre-req: EDUC2390; EDUC3200; EDUC3310)
  • EDUC3330 Reading Practicum (Pre-red: EDUC3390)
  • EDUC3340 5-12 Reading Practicum (Pre-req: EDUC3390)
  • EDUC3450 K-5 Mild/Mod Special Ed Practicum (Pre-req: EDUC3200; EDUC3220)
  • EDUC3550 5-12 Mild/Mod Special Ed Practicum (Pre-req: EDUC3200; EDUC3230)
  • EDUC3710 Elementary Practicum (Pre-req: ARTS3510 or PHED3380 or MUSC3390)
  • EDUC3720 Secondary Practicum (Pre-req: EDUC3520; Subject area methods)
  • EDUC3730 Combination K-8 and 5-12 Practicum (Pre-req: EDUC3520; Subject area methods)

Pre-requisite for all practicum courses is acceptance into the Teacher Education program

Program Handbook for Teacher Education

All handbooks have been combined beginning Fall 2016.  This Program Handbook for Teacher Education spans the entire program starting with the Entry Workshop through student teaching and licensure. The handbook has been produced as an eBook and is available to download from the iBooks store on either your iPad or Apple device. Forms and rubrics are included as links and video tutorials are included throughout the book whenever a Chalk and Wire task is described.  You also have the ability to highlight text or add your own bookmarks and notes within the book.  Please read the Handbook FAQ first before you get started to help you understand how to navigate and find what you need.  Practicum requirements and expectations are described in Chapter 2: Practicum.

Handbooks, by nature, are subject to change.  It might be something as simple as fixing broken links. You will be notified when new versions become available.  The eBook update will appear in much the same way as app updates in the iTunes store app.  A number will appear on your iBooks app icon, and you'll be given the choice to update the book.  Anything you have added to the book (highlighted text, notes, etc) will remain after the update.

Be sure to remove any previous handbooks you downloaded last year.

How to Download

  1. Open the iBooks App and go to the iBooks Store
  2. Search for "Program Handbook for Teacher Education".
  3. Find the handbook (see photo below) and click "Get" to download to your apple device.
  4. You should now see the handbook listed as one of your books in the iBooks App.

Practicum Requirement

You are required to successfully complete at least one practicum experience prior to student teaching. This clinical practice is typically completed the semester of student teaching, but can also be completed during other semesters. Depending on your endorsement area, your Practicum might be 80-120 hours in length. Work with your advisor to complete the application and to determine the number of practicum hours necessary for your endorsement area.  If you are a SPED student, you must complete a SPED practicum before you will be allowed to student teach in Special Education.
*Practicum hours can only be counted for hours that the children are in school.  Planning time before and after school is NOT counted.
A Summer Practicum is by special arrangement only and has limited availability.

Acceptance BEFORE Application

You must be accepted into the Teacher Education program before applying for or being placed in a Practicum experience.
To check on your acceptance status, choose Enrollment Checklist from the Student tab in My Graceland.  Once all requirements are met, your name will automatically go before the Teacher Education Committee at their next meeting. You will receive a letter after the meeting explaining your acceptance status.
Contact your advisor or Kathy McElroy ( if you have questions about your acceptance status.

Using Chalk and Wire for Practicum

During a Practicum, you will use Chalk and Wire to submit the following artifacts to your supervisor:
  1. Weekly Journal
  2. Lesson Plans (three (3) for 80-120 hour placements; one (1) for 40 hour placement)
  3. Student Work Samples
  4. Time Sheet- documenting hours working directly with students only.

Chalk and Wire video tutorials are provided in the Field Experience Handbook, which you can download from the iBooks store on your iPad or Apple device.

Both you and your cooperating teacher will receive an email from the Field Office as soon as your confirmation is received from the school. The email will include the details of your placement, including the school name, teacher, and start date.
The requirement is a minimum of seven (7) hours; however, you must be present at the school for an entire day. You must be at the school the same hours as your cooperating teacher.
If school is dismissed early for a teacher in-service meeting, you must attend the meeting with your cooperating teacher. In the event of inclement weather or illness, the days should be made up with additional days of attendance.
You may begin after the practicum has been approved and you have received an email from the Field Office with the specific dates of the placement. Hours completed prior to approval may not be counted on a time sheet.

How to Submit Work for Assessment

Seeing Assessments in Chalk and Wire

How to Add Images/Student Work Samples in Chalk and Wire

Video Self-Evaluation in Chalk and Wire

Self-Evaluations in Chalk and Wire

Using the Time Sheet in Chalk and Wire

Post Graduate Endorsements

If you have already graduated and are returning to Graceland for additional endorsements, please follow the application guidelines on the public website: Post Graduate Endorsements

BEFORE You Apply for Field Experiences

Accepted to Teacher Education
You must be officially accepted to the Teacher Education program before applying for a field experience placement. Work with your advisor to determine your readiness for field experiences. The online application page (Apply for Practicum, PDS, or Student Teaching) will be available to you in the School of Education area in My Graceland after your acceptance.
Apply to Graduate
You should submit the Apply to Graduate application BEFORE submitting the application for student teaching. When you apply to graduate, the Registrar's Office will send you and your advisor a Graduation Audit to determine additional coursework that might be needed to graduate.  Your advisor will need this audit before he/she can approve your student teaching application. You should apply to graduate approximately six months or more before your intended graduation date.  For instance, if you plan to student teach Spring 2018, you should apply to graduate at the end of Spring 2017.  This allows time for you to complete courses over the summer, if needed.  
Approval Process for Student Teaching
Meet with your advisor to discuss your grad plan and make sure all required courses are or will be completed before student teaching. Your advisor will review your professional portfolio and let you know if you need any corrections as indicated on their checklist before submitting your application. Prepare for the application by discussing the EDUC student teaching course you will need for your major and endorsement area(s), as well as your top three school district choices. After making any portfolio changes suggested by your advisor, you may go ahead and submit your online application (including your portfolio URL) for an initial field office review. If the field office suggests further changes, fix your portfolio and then resubmit it to for final approval. Once your portfolio is deemed satisfactory, the field office will send your application to your advisor for final review and approval before the field office communicates with the school district to request a placement for you. 

Field Experience Application Dates

Applications will be open during certain windows of opportunity. Check application dates for the experience you are applying for to make sure your application is able to be submitted. 


Summer 2018 Practicum (by arrangement)  

Dec 1, 2017-Feb 28, 2018


Fall 2018 Practicum or Student Teaching    

Dec 1, 2017-Feb 28, 2018


Spring 2019 Practicum or Student Teaching  

Mar 15, 2018-May 15, 2018

Your Professional Portfolio

Student Teaching Requirement

Your professional portfolio will be shared with the school district when the Graceland Field Office requests a student teaching placement for you. This is your professional introduction to the school and should demonstrate that you can effectively communicate information about yourself both through carefully constructed documents and by using other visually appealing media. You will first create this portfolio during EDUC2420 Entry Workshop when you begin the program, and you will continue to revise and improve it until you are ready to apply for student teaching. One very important step is making sure your professional portfolio is complete and meets the expected quality levels so that you make a great first impression. Your portfolio will be reviewed first by the entry workshop instructors. The approval process described above for student teaching is for the sole purpose of ensuring that your portfolio has a professional appearance and that you've demonstrated quality writing with good grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Your Professional Portfolio must contain the following items:

  1. Home page
  2. Your Personal Introduction/Background
  3. Philosophy of Education
  4. Cover Letter 
  5. Resume


This Portfolio Presentation link below will provide an overview of the portfolio requirements, along with example pages. 

Portfolio Presentation

Professional Portfolio Support Resources

You will not be required to share your portfolio when you apply for practicum. However, if the school district where you are placed requires additional documents, the Field Office will request this from you at a later date.

How to Share Your Portfolio

You will create a web link (URL) in Chalk and Wire to share your portfolio with others.  In the Entry Workshop, you copied and pasted the URL into an email to the workshop instructors.  For student teaching, you will copy and paste the URL into the text box provided in the online student teaching application. This is the link the Field Office will send to the school district when your placement is requested. 


  1. First StepMake sure the Home page is the first page that will open when you share your portfolio with others.
    • Open your portfolio so you can see the table of contents on the left.
    • Select the Home page first and then return to the Table of Contents.
    • You should see the Home page highlighted blue to indicate it is selected. This will ensure the Home page is the first page people will see when you share your portfolio.
  1. Second StepCreate the URL you will share with others
    • On the right side click the blue button, "Share this Page"
    • Click the blue button, "Generate Share URL"

  1. Third StepShare the URL
    • Select the URL that appears in the text box by clicking and dragging from the far left all the way to the right, being careful to get the entire address. The URL is a little longer than what you can see in the box so keep dragging to the right until you’ve selected the entire thing.  You may also triple-click in the box which automatically selects the entire address.   The URL will look like this and ends with the number ‘48’ (see below).
    • Right click on the URL while you have it selected and choose Copy. (On a Mac computer, hold the “control” key as you click.)  You can now right click (or control click) in the body of a new email message (for entry workshop) or the text box provided in the online student teaching application, and choose paste.


NOTE: Test the URL before you include it in your application!

Application Confirmation

***After submitting your online student teaching application, the next screen will say that you submitted your application successfully. You will also receive a copy of the completed application in your Graceland email. 

If you do NOT see the confirmation screen or copy in your Graceland email, contact Kathy McElroy immediately ( 

How to Create a Professional Portfolio in Chalk and Wire