INFORMATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
SPED 617 Graduate Practicum
Students in the M.Ed. (SPED_MED02) and Post-Baccalaureate certification programs (SPEC_SCT02) are required to take SPED 617/Practicum (3 credits). This part-time field experience requires a minimum of 20 hours per week in a classroom for the duration of a semester (15 weeks). Since many students are working teachers, the practicum can be completed “on the job” if it meets the following criteria:
- The classroom has at least 3 students with IEPs.
- You identify a mentor – a teacher who is certified in special education — to support you through the experience
- The placement is approved by your district.
In addition to registering for SPED 617, students need to complete a Field Placement Form:
–For “on the job” arrangements provide Dr. Dell with details of your current employment and how it meets the criteria given above.
–If you need to be placed in a school for the practicum, indicate your choices of placement on the form.
- The Field Placement Form must be submitted well in advance of the semester in which you will complete the practicum.