What is a Practicum?
A practicum is a component of a course designed to give teacher candidates supervised practical application of previously studied theory. The practicum placement will be in a public/private classroom setting for a specified number of clock hours in the content and grade level in which the teacher candidate is seeking certification.
If I am acquainted with a teacher who wants me to complete my practicum hours with him/her, what should I do?
The teacher must contact the building administrator with this information. The building administrator then contacts the Professional Education Services office to make the request. Students are not to self-place.
Certification through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires three levels of practicum experience within a classroom:
- Early - Observations and limited experiences with students - 30 clock hours
- Mid-Level - Observations and structured experiences with students - 45 clock hours
- Culminating - Student teaching in collaboration with a cooperating teacher - Minimum of 12 weeks