Practicum Application Process
Students must follow the steps below and meet all deadlines in order to ensure that they get placed to do their practicum in the semester they desire.
- Making Application
Once students have met all requirements for practicum eligibility they must officially apply for placement by attending a Practicum Application Meeting held by the Office of Educator Preparation and Licensure. Practicum Application meetings are scheduled twice a year, once in early fall and once in early spring semesters. Students are required to bring this Educator Preparation Handbook as a reference to this meeting. The process for practicum application will be reviewed in detail and students will be notified of all deadlines for submission of documents.
Students are required to fill out a practicum application form specific to their program. On the application students provide the following information: preferences related to placement sites (e.g., travel time/distance, type of school & grade level), grades for all prerequisite coursework, MTEL scores (if available), and a record of their pre-practicum experience(s).
Application forms can be found on the Springfield College website under the “current students” section. Click on the “Educator Preparation and Teacher Licensure Practica Applications” link under Academic Resources. Click on undergraduate or graduate applications. Type your information directly onto the screen, rename and save as a “Word” document, then print. Sample applications are provided in the handbook.
When the student has completed the application, he/she must obtain the appropriate departments signatures. Applications are to be submitted by the student to the Office of Educator Preparation & Licensure by the due date. Applications will not be accepted without the appropriate signatures.
Students must submit three copies of an approved, current resume. The Career Center will conduct resume construction workshops specific to educator preparation students. It is recommended that students attend one of these workshops. After students have drafted a resume, they must schedule an appointment to have one of the counselors in the Career Center review their resume. The person you meet with will sign off on an approval form indicating that your resume is complete and error free. You must submit this signed form with the final version of your resume to the Office of Educator Preparation & Licensure by the due date. Resumes will not be accepted without this approval form.
Students fill out an unofficial transcript request form so that we may obtain a copy of an unofficial transcript to use as part of the practicum placement process.
- Approval of Tentative Sites
Once tentative site requests have been determined, an email will be sent to students with their tentative sites. Students have an opportunity to approve the tentative site by responding to their email. If a student does not give email approval, it is assumed that the student has no preference. If a student is not satisfied with a particular site, the student must immediately notify the Educator Preparation Office.
- Placement Request
The Educator Preparation Office sends a request letter to the desired school to see if they have a practitioner who is qualified and willing to accommodate a practicum placement. A copy of the student’s resume and transcript is sent with this request letter.
- The Interview and Interview Record
Students should not call the schools until asked to set up interviews(s). Students will be notified when the principal and/or supervising practitioner at the school requested expresses an interest in interviewing the student. It then becomes the responsibility of the student to set up an interview following the established protocol and submitting a record of the interview(s) to the Office of Educator Preparation and Licensure immediately after the interview. All students who will have TWO placements will be requested to go for TWO INTERVIEWS.
- TB Test
Practicum students may be required to present the results of a tuberculosis skin test to the
Office of Educator Preparation and Licensure if required by the school district where they are
being placed. The TB test is available at the Health Center for a $10.00 fee.
- Confirmation of Placement
A confirmation letter is sent to each school for each practicum placement. Included with the confirmation letter is information that gets verified and returned to the Educator Preparation Office with a signature from an authorized individual indicating their willingness to accommodate a practicum student for the specified dates. The information in the confirmation letter includes the name of the SC student, the dates for the practicum, the name of the school, the field and grade level of the placement, the name of the supervising practitioner, his/her field of licensure, license number, years of experience, and whether or not the person has professional status.