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 Policies, Forms & Competencies
Sign up Practicum:
Post-Bacc: Sign up Here (Link)
5 Year and Undergraduate Programs: Use the links below
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
Practicum Placement Policy and Process
- 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, 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 distributes placement information via email with teacher candidates, mentor teachers, and school administrators.
- The Director of Clinical Experiences 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 in specific practicum-bearing courses throughout their time in the program and during their internship.
For Spring 2021, please refer to the College of Education Canvas site for details on clearances due to COVID-19 and the effects on placements.
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.
All students with a FCPS placement must complete a TB screening. The completed TB Screening Form needs to be sent to Allison Erickson (email@example.com) at Central Office by dropping it off in person or emailing the form to her. If a test is not indicated, a FCPS school nurse will sign off on the form at Central Office. Any “yes” on the TB screening form will require the student to provide FCPS with a negative result from a TB test given by their health professional before they can start their practicum. The exception to this is if the yes answer is number one or two on the form and the county of birth or visited is on the exception list, therefore no test is needed to be done. Any questions can be answered by the school nurse.
Student must complete the Application for Student Teaching and/or Practicum Form. The completed forms can be emailed to Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (31 Stafford Avenue) 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.
Please review the online training and complete the following forms:
SCPS Student Practicum Registration Form – You only need to fill out the contact information part of this form.
For any questions regarding clinical experiences, practicum and/or internships, please contact:
Kristina Peck, M.A.
Director of Clinical Experiences
Phone: (540) 654-1351
James Farmer Hall, Room 227B
James Farmer Hall, Room 223