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SPED 617: Graduate Practicum


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:

  1. The classroom has at least 3 students with IEPs.
  2. You identify a mentor – a teacher who is certified in special education — to support you through the experience
  3. 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.