Practicum experiences range from guided observations in multiple educational settings to tutoring students and co-teaching mini-lessons in classrooms to facilitating small group learning activities and teaching complete lessons in large classrooms. Practica serve to ground material from the professional studies courses to the lived experiences of the actual world of teaching—by observing, by participating, by designing and executing, with mentor teachers’ guidance and approval, lessons prior to internships. Experiences and observations in practica will be the foundation of discussion in classes and so are integral parts of course work. Teacher candidates cannot pass a course with practicum requirements without concurrently passing the practicum.
All students are to read the Clinical Experiences Handbook and complete their clearances and has proof of professional liability insurance. Students are also responsible for recording and submitting their practicum hours and maintain high professional standards and behavior. See practicum placement polices, forms & professional competencies below.
Practicum Placement Polices, Forms & Competencies
Practicum Placement Policy and Process
1. Mentor teachers are solicited to work with specific programs based on the recommendations of instructional faculty and school-based administrators. School administrators confirm availability and schedules of mentor teachers.
- The Director of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships, with input from UMW CoE faculty, mentor teachers and school administrators, makes all practicum placements. Structured, diverse experiences (with regard to student population, school divisions, grade levels, and subject/ content areas), transportation concerns for undergraduate students, schedules, and course requirements all comprise the placement decision process.
- The Director of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships distributes placement information via email with teacher candidates, mentor teachers, and school administrators.
- The Director of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships electronically (email) distributes confirmation letters to teachers and assignment lists to program coordinators and school administrators.
Tracking and Submitting your Practicum Hours
Please use the Practicum Hours Log to track your practicum hours. Professors will not accept your Practicum Hours Log or give you credit for the hours unless you have filled in all information fields. You can find the form here: Practicum Hours Log
Meeting Professional Competencies
All teacher candidates are to maintain high professional standards and behavior in practicum experiences. Mentor Teachers and students will complete the Professional Competencies Form for each practicum via the following link.
Sign up for Practicum
Post-Bacc: Sign up Here (Link)
5th Year: Sign up Here (Link)
Students placed in practicum sites may need to meet certain clearances. Clearances vary by school district. Students are responsible for obtaining the appropriate clearances. Below is a list of commonly used school districts and their requirements.
Check directly with the school for the specific clearances you need for practicum.
Applicants come in for a background check in the human resources department. There is no charge. Our office is open from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily.
There are no clearances required at this time.
Thank you for your interest in Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS). We welcome the opportunity to host your upcoming internships. Please note that approval of your student teaching or internship placement is pending completion and review of the following requirements.
If you are a CURRENT EMPLOYEE of PWCS (including active substitute teacher) or are completing a practicum for which you already completed the application and background check, you may disregard the information regarding fingerprinting.
No later than _____________ 2016:
- Complete or update your substitute/temporary/volunteer application at https://jobs.pwcs.edu/WorkSpace/ selecting “Student Teacher” as your job preference. You must include current contact information, complete testimony, complete work history, and at least two professional or school-related references (via the electronic reference page).
- Complete the 40 minute online orientation to access mandatory paperwork and mandated videos: http://orientation.pwcs.edu.
Login information User ID is “pwnonpaid” and the Password is “pwcps”.
Please print and complete the required forms.
3. Obtain a negative medical Tuberculosis (TB) result dated within the last 12 months.
4. Attend a fingerprint processing session – there is no cost to you.
Processing is held on:
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays: 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Location: Kelly Leadership Center – 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas VA 20112
Please note there is no fingerprinting between 11:00 am-12:30 p.m. on any given day.
*This schedule excludes holidays.
**You may arrive anytime within the given window of time. Please allot an hour for your fingerprinting session.
You must have the following documents with you in order to be processed:
• A copy of this email.
• Complete the Fingerprint Authorization to Release (Found in the online orientation.)
• Complete the Central Registry Release of Information Form (CPS) (Found in the online orientation.)
• TB test result (dated within the past 12 months)
• Government issued photo ID
If you have any questions regarding processing or to confirm the fingerprinting schedule, contact the Department of Human Resources at 703.791.7466 or 703.791.7327, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will also need to:
- Review and abide by Regulation 595-1 at THIS link .
- Review Regulation 511.10-1 at THIS link. Print and sign the Acknowledgment of Receipt of Volunteer Guidelines and take with you to the school on the first day you report.
UMW students may contact Timothy Williams email@example.com or (804)780-7864 in the Human Resources office 301 N. 9th Street 15th floor to complete their background check screening. The cost is $137.00. The screenings are available daily, however, the best times would be Wednesdays through Fridays between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
There are no clearances required at this time.
For students who have a confirmed placement with SCPS, these links are to an online orientation that corresponds to the placement type that the UMW student will be completing with SCPS. The presentation includes all the steps and forms for your students to complete their on-boarding process with SCPS Human Resource Department. SCPS is requiring that all students complete the on-line orientation and to personally bring in all their filled out forms to the Human Resources Department and be finger printed before they contact their cooperating principal and teacher/supervisor! Failure to complete and submit these forms and be finger printed before they contact or start their placement could result in their placement being delayed or canceled! All fees and notary requirements will be covered by SCPS.
All students, regardless of placement, must complete the UMW Consent Form and return it to Terry Luttrell.
For any questions regarding clinical experiences, practicum and/or internships, please contact:
Venitta McCall, EdD
Professor of Education
Director of Clinical Experiences
Phone: (540) 654-1346
Trinkle Hall, Room 223
Stafford Gates-Hudson Building, Room 203