Catalogue 2016 - 2017

ED 479 Elementary Teaching Practicum


9 cr.


ED 301, PSY 304, ED 350, ED 375, ED 425, senior standing, and completion of all preliminary elementary education coursework.

Course Description

This is a practicum in teaching under the supervision of qualified teachers. As a result of taking this course, students are able to design and teach content-appropriate lesson plans, utilize a variety of instructional techniques, organize and manage a classroom fairly and effectively, address a range of student learning needs, assess the performance of the students in the classroom, and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Student performance is assessed by unit and lesson plan designs based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, as well as by regular observation and evaluation by an elementary teacher, who is the supervising practitioner and by a University faculty member, who is the program supervisor; both use the Massachusetts Professional Standards in their assessment. Open only to those students in the Elementary Education Major, this course and SW 412 may not both be counted toward the minimum 122 credit hours required for the degree. Includes 300 hours of full-time practicum fieldwork (student teaching) at a local elementary school.