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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

Welcome to Graceland

We appreciate your willingness to participate in Graceland's Teacher Education program and provide an engaging practicum experience for a Graceland student. You will play a vital role in the professional growth of the practicum student, and will help to further his/her confidence, skill, and competence toward performance in the classroom.

Please review the Practicum Overview, which explains what a practicum student is required to do while in your classroom.

Suggestions for Welcoming a Practicum Student

  • Prepare a desk or space within the classroom for the practicum student to observe and work during the day. You might want to connect a table to your desk to make conferencing easier, or add a small desk to the back of the classroom. Some items to include: name tag, Kleenex, calendar, and office supplies.
  • Start a folder/binder for the practicum student that includes whatever you think is appropriate for your school/classroom. Gather materials that can help the practicum student acclimate to your building and classroom.
  • Prepare your students by talking about the arrival of the practicum student and your expectations for their behavior.

Teaching Lessons

Practicum students are required to prepare three lesson plans and teach them according to the following course requirement. Normally, during the first week of a student's practicum, they will observe, assist, and may teach one lesson by the end of the first week, and the remaining lessons during the second week. Lessons should be prepared using the Lesson Plan Template and submitted to the university supervisor in Chalk and Wire, Graceland's ePortfolio system.

You should plan to observe the lesson(s) taught and evaluate the student's performance using the Lesson Critique form. To complete the form electronically, click the link below to save the Word version to your computer. To print and complete by hand you can use either the Word or PDF versions. Also provided is a Lesson Critique Checklist to assist in your evaluation of the practicum student.

Evaluating the Practicum Student

At the end of the practicum experience, you will complete the InTASC Evaluation form.  This form is based on InTASC principles and should reflect the practicum student's entire performance in your classroom.  To complete the form electronically, click the link below to save the Word version to your computer.  To print and complete by hand, you can use either the Word or PDF versions.

We also ask that you complete a Disposition Evaluation on the practicum student based on your observations of their professional behavior during the practicum.

How Do Students Pass the Practicum?

Ratings from the InTASC and Disposition evaluations must be at the Developing, Basic, or Proficient level. Not more than two criterion can be Developing or below.


Returning Evaluation Forms

The lesson critiques, disposition and InTASC evaluation forms are needed before the student can receive a Pass/Fail grade for the practicum.  Please return these as quickly as possible to the Field Office at the end of the practicum experience.

Electronic forms may be faxed to 641-784-5481, or may be sent as email attachments to: 

Printed copies may be sent by postal mail to:

Field Office / School of Education
Graceland University
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA   50140

Iowa Renewal Credit

If you are a teacher in Iowa, you are eligible for renewal credit for hosting a practicum student.  Click HERE to access required BOEE instructions and forms.

The State of Iowa requires you to maintain a record of your eligible activities.  Complete the first form provided in the BOEE instructions by listing the students you have supervised for either practicum or student teaching.  Send your form to the Graceland Field Office for verification of placements we have made with you.  We will return to you the second BOEE form with a signature from a Graceland representative.  You will then submit all required documentation to the BOEE for renewal credit.

Graceland University
School of Education - Field Office
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA   50140 

FAX: (641) 784-5481

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