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Practicum Information

Quality field experiences are an integral part of every teacher education program in the Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education.  We are indebted to the schools and teachers who welcome our students into their classrooms and provide them with experiences that make the content of their courses come alive.  Practicum placements span the grade levels of student licensure and provide rich and varied experiences in public and private school classrooms.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION PROGRAM

Semester I
ELED 311

This full-day practicum is the initial classroom experience for most students. Focus areas are child development, appropriate curriculum for early childhood, and early literacy.  Placements are in pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade.

Semester II
ELED 411

Students in this full-day practicum are taking content methods courses in science, math, social studies, and literacy. They are expected to develop and teach lessons in all of these areas.  Placements are in grades 2-6.

Graduate Semester
ELED 621

Students in this practicum are in their classrooms two full days each week.  Some have completed student teaching prior to this semester and some will student teach the following semester. Student conduct an inquiry project and are significantly involved in planning effective curriculum. Placements are in grades pre-k through grade 6.

INCLUSIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM

Semester I
IECE 301

This is the initial classroom experience for most students.  Students spend one morning or one afternoon a week in an inclusive early childhood setting.  The focus is on familiarizing them with the organization of classrooms, the roles of various professionals who interact with the children, and developing interaction skills appropriate for working with young children. 

Semester II
IECE 321

Students spend one morning or one afternoon a week working with infants and/or toddlers in a program setting. Focus areas include child development and appropriate environments and interactions with the youngest children and their families.

Semester III
IECE 421

Students are placed one morning a week in an inclusive PreK classroom.  Focus is on observing developmental milestones and collecting data to validate children’s development. 

Semester III
IECE 423

Students are placed one morning or one afternoon per week in the JMU Young Children’s Program. Focus is on planning developmentally appropriate curriculum and applying interaction skills to support the development and learning of young children.

Semester IV
IECE 461

This full day practicum in a primary grade occurs when students are taking content courses in literacy, math, science and social studies.  They are expected to develop, and teach lessons, and assess learning. 

EARLY CHILDHOOD MAT PROGRAM

Fall Semester
ECED 511

Students are placed in an early childhood classroom for a full day. Emphasis is placed on diversity in this practicum and a biweekly seminar is held in addition to the full day practicum. Typical assignments carried out during this practicum connected to course work include the Case Study in ECED 508 (Child Development), a literacy observation, assessment and read aloud in READ 566 (Literacy Acquisition), and lesson plan from ECED 512 (Facilitating Children’s Natural and Social Science Constructions). Addition assignments may also be required depending on the course instructors.

Spring Semester
ECED 611

Students are placed in an early childhood classroom for a full day.  Emphasis is placed on special needs in this practicum and a biweekly seminar is held in addition to the full day practicum.  Typical assignments carried out during this practicum connected to course work include a math interview in ECED 544 (Children and Mathematics), writing and teaching a formal lesson plan for ECED 609 (Constructivist Curriculum), and READ 636 (Literacy Learning in the Primary Grades).

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ELED PRACTICUM INFORMATION
ELED Handbook
MidValley Consortium for Teacher Education - Practicum Student Information Form
Overview of Practica
Lesson Plan Outline
Letter to Principals

Letter to Teachers
Evaluation

 For more information contact
Dr. Deborah Carrington
ELED Program Coordinator



IECE PROGRAM INFORMATION
Overview of Practica
Policies
IECE 301-Letter to Teachers
IECE 301-Letter to Principals
IECE 421-Letter to Teachers
IECE 421-Letter to Principals
Mid-Term Evaluation

Final Evaluation

For more information contact the Program Coordinators:
Dr. Smita Mathur
Dr. Jen Newton



ECED MAT PRACTICUM INFORMATION
Lesson Plan Outline
Mid-Term & Final Evaluation

 For more information contact
Dr. Holly McCartney
ECED MAT Program Coordinator