School of Education

Undergraduate Practicum

Undergraduate Practicum is an all-day, five-days-a-week, six-week intermediate field experience for our undergraduate students in the Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Program and the Inclusive Adolescence Education Program that takes place in Summer A (May/June) prior to student teaching in the Fall Semester. Teacher candidates are placed in a local school district and follow the teachers contractual hours.

Teacher candidates are expected to participate in all aspects of the classroom during the placement. The teacher candidates' main task during practicum is to gain experience through active involvement with children in a classroom setting, to observe a professional teacher in action, and to assist that teacher as directed.

Ultimately, teacher candidates progress from observing in the classroom during the first few days to helping individual students to leading small groups or helping teach mini-lessons to completing some daily teaching such as leading morning meetings or warm-up activities.

For further information on the Undergraduate Practicum please review the following documents:


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Colleen M. Burrell, M.Ed.
Program Director, Office of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships
Golisano Academic Center, Room 277
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14618