Office of Clinical Studies

Clinical Experiences- Practicum Requirements and Information

 

Practicum Clearance Requirements

Practicum Placement Information

Practicum Placement Application

Practicum Course Registration

Course Descriptions

 

Practicum Clearance Requirements

To be eligible for placement in a K-12 setting, all new candidates applying for Practicum I, must obtain and provide at the time of application in Taskstream the following clearance items:

  • a new Criminal Background Check from the State of Delaware. The CBC must be delivered in its originally sealed envelope from the DE SBI. Candidates may deliver the sealed envelope to any one of the three locations - Dover (Buidling B), Georgetown or New Castle (Peoples Building). Candidates will receive a receipt notification of delivery. Candidates can locate the nearest location and appointment times by visiting this webiste - http://dsp.delaware.gov/StateBureauofIdentification.shtml
  • a new TB / PPD (Tuberculosis Test) from your family practitioner - (Click Here to Download the TB Form - tbform). This completed form must be uploaded into Taskstream during the application process.
  • a Child Protection Registry Form (CPR) - (Click Here to Download the CPR Form -CPR). This completed and signed form must be uploaded into Taskstream during the application process.
  • Please note that the CBC and CPR hold firm for all three Practica. Candidates will NOT need to renew the CBC or CPR until application for Student Teaching / Teaching Internship. The CPR must be renewed for each Practica and Student Teaching / Teaching Internship.

 

Practicum Placement Information

  • The Office of Clinical Studies coordinates all fieldwork or clinical placements. Candidates are not allowed to make or coordinate their own placements. Candidates may not contact districts, schools, school principals or teachers.
  • A representative from the Office of Clinical Studies is assigned to a specific region of the state. These regions are; Kent County, New Castle County, Sussex County, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Depending on the region or district you select a representative from the Office of Clinical Studies will communicate your selection to the assigned district / school.
  • For additional information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Click Here

 

Practicum Placement Application

  • To obtain a placement, candidates provide notification by completing the Practicum Placement Application in Taskstream. This process is not registration. Candidates are completing the application to inform the Office of Clinical Studies their need to be placed. You must have activiated your account in Taskstream to have access to the application.
  • This application is completed one semester in advance of the actual registration for the course itself.
    • Candidates wishing to register for a Practicum course in Fall (September), MUST complete the Practicum Placement Application in Taskstream by February 1.
    • Candidates wishing to register for a Practicum course in Spring (January), MUST complete the Practicum Placement Application in Taskstream by August 1.
  • Two months prior to the listed deadlines, the Practicum Placement Application will be opened for the semester in which a candidate will register.
  • Candidates MUST upload the CPR and TB forms at the time of application. The CBC must be delivered to one of three locations during the appplication timeframe. Incomplete applications will not be processed, which will lead to either a delay in placement or no placement awarded.
  • Directions for application - Click Here

 

Practicum Course Registration

  • All teacher prep candidates who entered the program in September 2012 must have passed all sections of Praxis I or CORE for registration for Practicum I.
  • Registration for Practicum I is based on application completion and submission. Program Chair approval is required for registration into Practicum I. Registration for Practicum I will be denied until candidates complete the application and submit all clearance items.
  • Practicum registration follows the Universities open registration timeframe. 

 

Course Descriptions

Format - All Practica are semester based class sections that meet 2 hours each week within the 15 week structure.

Practicum I - Practicum I is a structured, field-based, semester-long exploratory clinical course that requires at least 50 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting. Fieldwork is monitored by Wilmington University Practicum advisors and mentor teachers. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. Fieldwork is supported by 30 hours of Practicum seminar sessions. Seminars are conducted at the University sites by faculty of the College of Education. Practicum I introduces the teacher candidate to essential content and pedagogical knowledge related to the components of professional practice, Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching and DPAS II (Delaware Performance Appraisal System II).  Practicum I provides the teacher candidate with opportunities to observe, describe, interpret, and understand all aspects of professional practice and to reflect on the personal and professional attributes required for success in teaching. Candidates in Practicum I focus on the development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, dispositions expected of professionals within the education field, learning environments and social interaction.

 

Practicum II - Practicum II is a structured, field-based, semester-long exploratory clinical course that requires at least 50 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting. Fieldwork is monitored by Wilmington University Practicum advisors and mentor teachers. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations.  Fieldwork is supported by 30 hours of Practicum seminar sessions. Practicum II requires the teacher candidate to implement, analyze and reflect on all aspects of professional practice in direct relation to current research, current professional standards and the Delaware Performance Appraisal System II.  Candidates will learn to explore decision-making processes through the application of knowledge and skills gained in the prerequisite courses. Candidates are provided opportunities to reflect on their performance in teaching content lessons to K-12 students with disabilities.  Candidates will plan, prepare and teach two lessons within an approved classroom setting, as well as working with individual students.

 

Practicum III - Practicum III is a structured, field-based, semester-long exploratory clinical course that requires at least 50 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting. Fieldwork is monitored by Wilmington University Practicum advisors and mentor teachers. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. MSE Practicum III placements are in inclusive learning environments serving students with identified / diagnosed learning needs.  Fieldwork is supported by 30 hours of Practicum seminar sessions. Practicum III is an extension of Practicum II in which the teacher candidate refines and enhances the implementation, analysis and reflection on all aspects of professional practice in direct relation to current research, current professional standards and the Delaware Performance Appraisal System II.  Candidates enhance instructional strategies, learning activities, classroom management skills and lesson planning through the application of knowledge and skills gained in the prerequisite courses.  Candidates are provided opportunities to reflect on their performance in teaching content lessons to K-12 students with disabilities.  Candidates will plan, prepare and teach two lessons from full units within an approved classroom setting, as well as working with individual students.


 


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.