St. Mary’s University Practicum Experience (Bachelor of Education – Elementary)
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all schools, Principals, Cooperating Teachers and Staff for supporting St. Mary’s University Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Program. Our students, whether this year, or in the past, have been welcomed into your schools and flourished in the setting you provided for them.
We would like to express our gratitude to our current cooperating schools and also reach out to new schools requesting practicum placements.
Our program is now in the process of planning elementary placements for the Winter semester 2020 (EDPR 437) second year students. We would also happily accept requests for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 practica for he first year students (EDPR 331/337).
Please fill out the forms below for each practicum in which you could provide a mentor(s) for St. Mary’s University Education program.
Student-Teachers are responsible for active observations and assisting with individual and small group learners, moving towards several planned lessons (at the discretion of the Cooperating Teacher). The primary objective of this initial practicum is to become familiar with the life of schools, teachers, and learners with the intention of returning to the placement for EDPR 337 with increased responsibility and authority in Semester II.
Ideally, Student-Teachers return to their EDPR 331 Cooperating Teacher and classroom during this practicum in Semester II. Student-teachers are responsible for in-class activities that include planning and teaching of lessons to small groups of students progressing to whole class instruction. Responsibility for the teaching load progresses to approximately 25 to 35% (at the discretion of the Cooperating Teacher).
Eight weeks in a classroom setting that allow Student-Teachers to experience as many facets of teaching as possible. The primary objectives include preparation and delivery of individual lesson plans, progressing to a series of connected lessons that constitute part of a unit plan. Teaching progresses to approximately 50 to 60% of the time.
Ten weeks in a classroom setting that allows Student-Teachers to examine the complexities of curriculum, planning, instructing and assessing in whole class settings. The primary objectives include the continued preparation and delivery of lesson plans, progressing to more extensive unit planning and increased classroom responsibility. Teaching progresses to 80 to 100% of the time (at the discretion of the Cooperating Teacher).
Please fill out the above forms by Friday, December 20th, 2019 in order that we can finalize the upcoming placements for February 2020 (EDPR 437).
Please allow some time to hear back from us regarding the students that will be assigned to your school. We hope to begin confirming placements with schools mid-January for our second year students.
Thank you again for your support and contributing to the future generation of teachers!