Practicum Requirement

Student teacher candidates 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. Most practicums are 60 hours (1 CR) in length with the exception on K-8 Reading which is 80 hours (2 CR). Teacher candidates should work with their advisor to complete the application and to determine the number of practicum hours necessary for their endorsement area.  All teacher candidates must complete at least one practicum prior to student teaching.  Teacher candidates seeking a SPED endorsement must complete that practicum prior to student teaching.
*Practicum hours may only be counted after students have started school.  Professional Development days do not count for the first day of practicum, but they can count after school has resumed if the teacher candisate attends.  
A Summer Practicum is by special arrangement only and has limited availability.

Practicum Requirements

During a Practicum, you will use Chalk and Wire to submit the following artifacts to your supervisor:
  1. Weekly Journals 
  2. Lesson Plans (three (3)
  3. Student Work Samples
  4. Time Sheet- documenting hours working directly with students only.

Chalk and Wire video tutorials are provided on the Chalk and Wire (Anthology Portfolio) page.   


This handout will provide an overview of the requirements of your practicum. 

Practicum Overview and Requirements

Practicum Courses

Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

  • EDUC3290 Early Childhood Practicum  (Pre-req: EDUC3200; EDUC3310)
  • EDUC3330 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 (recommended Pre-req: EDUC3400 for Elementary Majors, ARTS3300 or PHED3333 or MUSC3390)
  • EDUC3720 Secondary Practicum (Pre or Co-req: EDUC3520 or Subject area methods)
  • EDUC3730 Combination K-8 and 5-12 Practicum (Pre or Co-req: EDUC3520 or Subject area methods)

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

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 Garnet Coulthard ( if you have questions about your acceptance status.