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For questions or concerns contact:




David Trewhitt

Director of Field Experiences

(816) 423-4748 or (816) 204-5719


Garnet Coulthard

Co-Director of Field Experiences


(641) 784-5391 or (800) 859-1215              


Kathy McElroy

Information Systems Coordinator

Co-Director of Accreditation and Assessment


(641) 784-5088

Review Practicum Processes and Requirements

Prior to the placement you should familiarize yourself with practicum requirements, processes, and evaluation forms.  

  • Read the Practicum Student Overview for detailed information on practicum student requirements.  This is an explanation taken directly from the new Field Experience Handbook.  If you have an iPad or Apple device, you can also download the actual handbook in your iBooks app.  If you don't have an iPad or Apple device, you download the PDF version HERE.  Keep in mind that the PDF version has some limitations, such as not being able to view all the text on scrolling pages.  Links should work but video tutorials will not.
    • Open the iBooks app
    • Go to the store and search for "Field Experience Handbook"
    • Choose "Get" to download the book 
    • Open the book in your iBooks app
  • Contact the practicum student to determine the start date and explain your expectations for C&W submissions.
  • Review the Teacher Support / Practicum page in My Graceland to review information provided for the teacher. Offer additional assistance to the teacher if needed.
  • Save a copy of the Supervisor Checklist to aid in your oversight of your practicum student(s). Create copies, one for each practicum student. You may complete the form electronically with Microsoft Word or you may print to complete by hand. You will return this form to the Field Office at the end of the placement.

Cooperating Teacher Requirements

The cooperating teacher is required to complete an InTASC Evaluation and Lesson Critique for the practicum student. In the confirmation email from the Field Office, the cooperating teacher is given a link to the Teacher Support / Practicum page in My Graceland.  This page contains the instructions, forms, and video tutorials he/she will need for the practicum experience.  

University Supervisor Requirements

  • Practicum supervisors are NOT required to complete an InTASC evaluation for the practicum student.
  • Assess C&W submissions from your practicum student(s). Use the Supervisor Checklist to monitor work completed:
    • Weekly Journal
    • Lesson Plans
    • Student Work Samples
    • Time Sheet

How Do Students Pass the Practicum?

Cooperating Teacher: In order to receive a passing grade, ratings from the cooperating teacher's InTASC and Disposition evaluations must be at the Developing, Basic, or Proficient level. Not more than two criterion can be Developing.

University Supervisor: Assignments sent to the supervisor must be at Basic or above. If any item is at the Unsatisfactory level, the teacher candidate must improve that item.

Field Office Communication and Final Grade

  • The cooperating teacher will return his/her forms directly to the Field Office, and these forms will be forwarded to you.  (The forms will already be saved in our digital imaging system, so you do not need to save a copy or return the evaluation form to the Field Office.)
  • Enter the teacher's evaluation ratings on the Supervisor Checklist.
  • Determine the final grade for the course by reviewing all work submitted by the student, as well as the teacher's evaluation. The student must receive Basic ratings or above on assignments to you and cannot receive more than two Emerging ratings by the cooperating teacher. The student may not begin student teaching unless they have passed the pre-requisite practicum.
  • Enter your final grade on the Supervisor Checklist and return this form to the Field Office ( or through campus mail.