St. Mary’s University Practicum Experience
Bachelor of Education – Elementary & Secondary
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.
Our program is now in the process of planning practicum placements for our second-year students for fall 2022 (EDPR 431). This is an 8 week practicum placement.
We would also happily accept requests for our upcoming first-year students. The first-year student is placed for 3 weeks in the fall of 2022 (EDPR 331), and then returns to the same Cooperating Teacher in winter 2023 to complete their second practicum (EDPR 337), which is 5 weeks in length.
Students 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 same placement for EDPR 337 with increased responsibility and authority in Semester II.
EDPR 337: March 20, 2023 to April 28, 2023 (5 weeks)
Students return to their EDPR 331 Cooperating Teacher and classroom during this practicum in Semester II. Students 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).
EDPR 331 Practicum I: Observation in the Classroom / EDPR 337 Practicum II: Orientation to the Classroom
Eight weeks in a classroom setting that allow Students 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.
EDPR 431: Classroom Practicum III: Intermediate Practicum
Ten weeks in a classroom setting that allows Students 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).
EDPR 437: Classroom Practicum IV: Advanced Practicum
Please review the details above for each practicum, and fill out the form for your preferred practicum by Wednesday, June 1st, 2022.
Please allow some time to hear back from us regarding the students that will be assigned to your school. We hope to begin confirming EDPR 431 placements with schools by the end of June for our second year students.
We will confirm EDPR 331/337 placements by the end of September 2022, and we will confirm EDPR 437 placements by the end of January 2023.
Thank you again for your support and contributing to the future generation of teachers!