As an undergraduate teacher candidate in the Iowa State University Educator Preparation Program, you’ll find curriculum that will prepare you to become a leader in education. Curriculum requirements are listed under each undergraduate program below.
In addition, you will be involved in clinical or field experiences as a part of the curriculum. These experiences are connected to specific coursework and called practicums. Clinical experiences are placements in educational settings that allow you to observe and participate in ongoing teaching of birth to grade 12 students.
Practicum courses provide short-term placements in educational settings, experience in which Iowa State University Teacher Candidates observe teaching and learning in schools, and/or short-term teaching under the direct supervision of a licensed teacher.
PURPOSE OF CLINICAL EXPERIENCES
- Gain professional insights and practical teaching experience through observation, planning, and practice under the guidance of an experienced teacher.
- Gain deeper insights into the professional responsibilities of a classroom teacher (instruction, classroom management, record keeping, building procedures, student evaluation, planning, organization, parent communication, following curriculum guidelines, etc.).
- Gain experience in planning and implementing lessons using a variety of teaching strategies and methods, which must be differentiated to meet the individual needs of children in the classroom.
- Gain experience working with colleagues in the school setting, accomplishing activities under the direction of the cooperating teacher.
Practicum Clinical Experiences fall into one of three experiences:
- An opportunity to observe effective teaching and speak with an experienced teacher
- An opportunity to observe effective teaching, work with an experienced teacher, and plan and implement at least one lesson
- An opportunity to observe effective teaching, work with an experienced teacher, plan and implement at least one lesson, and work with a supervisor for additional coaching and problem solving opportunities
Time requirements and fees for specific practicum experiences can be found in the Schedule of Courses or the Catalog. You can contact your program advisor or one of the Teacher Education Services Clinical Experience Coordinators for additional information. An effort is made to provide students with diverse experiences, including: districts that vary in size, socioeconomic status, location, and grade levels.
Student fees accompany these experiences. Practicum students need to plan to provide their own transportation within a 60-mile radius of Ames. Limited carpool assistance may be available.
CI 468 Practicum Handbook
Repeating Clinical Experience
Repeating Pre-student Teaching (Practica) Experiences
In the event that a student does not earn the minimum grade specified by his or her program requirements in a given methods course, he or she will be required to retake both the methods course and the practicum associated with that methods course for the courses to count toward teacher licensure.
In the event that a student does not earn a satisfactory grade in a given practicum, he or she will be required to retake both the practicum and methods course associated with that practicum for the courses to count toward teacher licensure.
Any student who does not receive the required minimum grade or is dismissed from two practica (two times in one course or in two different courses) will not be allowed to take courses with practica in teacher education related courses, and will be counseled to find another major.