Students in teacher preparation programs will find important information on this page related to the Practicum experience. The Pennsylvania Department of Education refers to the Practicum stage in teacher preparation as stage 3 (junior year).
The eligibility requirements for Practicum are detailed in the Undergraduate and Graduate catalog. Candidates are referred to these documents for details.
CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS & PRACTICUM APPLICATION
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's School Code requires that students in teacher preparation programs have current background checks. Candidates for Practicum must have current clearances on file with American DataBank before entering a school building. Visit the link below for information on required clearances and the registration process.
Field Experience Requirements
PA Child Abuse Clearance (Act 151)
PA Criminal History Background Check (Act 34)
Federal/Criminal History Record/Fingerprinting (Act 114)
Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form (Act 24)
Spring 2015 Applications
- Undergraduate Practicum Application, Spring 2015
- Graduate Practicum Application, Spring 2015
- Advanced Practicum Application, 2014-2015
- Undergraduate Telescoped Practicum Application, May 2015
- Graduate Telescoped Practicum Application, May 2015
The Holy Family University student is expected to conduct him/herself in a proper and professional manner whenever visiting a school site and/or interacting with school personnel, students, family members and/or community members. Failure to meet this requirement will subject the student to University intervention up to and including the possibility of removal from the teacher preparation program. For more information on Commonwealth requirements click below.
PROGRAM OUTCOMES & FIELD EXPERIENCE COMPETENCIES
School of Education (SOE) programs have specific learning outcomes embedded in their course work. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has published competencies that are designed to inform the development of teacher preparation programs and the evaluation of students engaged in clinical experiences in the field. The competencies are organized under seven headings that parallel and extend the domains in Charlotte Danielson's framework for enhancing professional practice. Click below to view the SOE program outcomes and the PDE competencies for the Practicum stage (stage 3).
PRACTICUM STUDENT HANDBOOK
The below link is to the Practicum Student Handbook for the academic year 2014-2015. This handbook contains information useful to the practicum student, cooperating teacher and University supervisor.
PRACTICUM STUDENT HANDBOOK FORMS
The forms in the Practicum Student Handbook for 2014-2015 are presented below as links organized by targeted user.
For the Student:
Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators
Practicum Student Emergency Contact Information
Practicum Requirements Checklist
Daily Lesson Plan Template
Daily Lesson Plan Reflection Form
Experienced Teacher Observation Analysis Guide
Choice Project Proposal
Choice Project Reflection
Assessment Inquiry Form
Self Assessment Professional Development Form
For the Cooperating Teacher:
For the University Supervisor:
Lesson Observation Form, Long Format
Lesson Observation Form Narrative Format
Lesson Observation Form Quadrant Format
Choice Project Rubric
PSSA Domain Rubric for Writing
University Supervisor Practicum Student Evaluation Form
End-of-Semester Documentation Form