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Spring 2013 Practicum Deadline Soon

October 1st is right around the corner and if you are planning to do your practicum this spring 2013, please be advised the deadline for your applications is October 1, 2012. Graduation applications will also be due October 1, 2012. I will need to review your completed graduation & practicum applications prior to submission to your academic department (Teacher Ed, Ed Leadership, Kinesiology, etc.). Scheduling an appointment is easy, and can be made here:

As you prepare for the completion of your applications please review the following:

  1. It is important that you complete every part of the applications. We will not process or accept your application until you complete any missing parts of your applications. If you are in doubt PLEASE ask me.
  2. You MUST become familiar with the e-portfolio requirements which can be found here:
  1. Please make sure you are checking your e-mail daily multiple times, and responding in a timely manner. Everyone coordinating practicum must be able to contact you quickly without delay if any issues arise.
  2. You must get/remain in the habit of checking for announcements on the Teacher Education website. “I did not know” or “I forgot to check my e-mail” will not be accepted for not following instructions, missing deadlines, meetings, etc.
  3. You MUST complete the background investigation questionnaire and release form EVEN if you completed one when you first entered the program or last semester.
  4. Your tort liability insurance must be valid the entire time you are in practicum. No exceptions.
  5. If you are not employed in the school system at the time of practicum application submission, then you must indicate on your application that you are requesting a placement when filling out the practicum application. If you are later hired you must contact Kelly Farmer ( ASAP!
  6. 300 field hours & 3 Settings must be completed and submitted to Andre Goodman (UH383) by December 15th, 2012. You will be pulled from practicum if you have not satisfied this requirement.
  7. You must attach your GACE scores or registration to the application even if you have already sent them in. You should be able to download proof off of the PSC website.
  8. GPA must be & remain at a 3.0 or higher at all times.

Graduation Application Submission Process:

  1. Student fills out application
  2. Student has adviser sign application
  3. Student turns in application to academic department (Teacher Ed, Ed Leadership, Kinesiology, etc.).
  4. When called, student picks application up and takes to business office to pay graduation fee and have them to sign application.
  5. Student will need to have financial aid sign application
  6. Student turns in application to registrar office.

Practicum Application Submission Process:

  1. Student fills out application
  2. Meets with adviser to review application for any corrections
  3. Student submits application to academic department (Teacher Ed, Ed Leadership, Kinesiology, etc.).

Field Experience Requirements

  • 300 hours must be completed before practicum
  • Minimum of 3 different settings (Observation locations)
  • If teaching in certification area, candidate’s classroom may be used as one setting (with three evaluations). Student must submit Employed documentation to advisor.
  • Time documentation must be submitted to Advisor and submitted online.
  • 80% of time must be spent with certification age/grade level
  • Observation in certification grade levels
    • Early Childhood: PreK-K, 1-3, 4-5
    • Middle Grades: 4-5, 6-8
    • Secondary: 6-8, 9-12
    • P-12 (SPED, F.L., Music, HPE): PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
    • Observations outside of schools must come from pre-approved sites
    • Life Credit request and substitute hours must be formally submitted to advisor.

MAT, MEd, EdS Field Experience Placement Request Form
MAT Field Experience Collaborating Teacher Packet
Attendance Documentation Directions MAT
Suggested Schedule of Activities/Observations with a Purpose


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Project-based lessons

A new program at a Delaware high school will combine technology with project-based learning strategies. The program will incorporate iPods and mobile phones into lessons teaching workplace skills as well as traditional subjects. It is based on the New Tech Network model created in 1996 and in place at 60 high schools across the country. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.)


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High-school recess: Benefit or brain drain?

There is no limit to what you learn about schools if you listen to teachers. Did you know, for instance, that Fairfax County, the Washington region’s largest school district, is using 10 days a year of valuable instruction time on do-what-you-like recesses for high school students?…[High-schoolers’ ‘recess’: Benefit or brain drain?.]

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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Education News, Secondary Education

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