Research has proven that multiple and varied practical experiences are of utmost importance in an effective teacher education program. For that reason, students in the Teacher Education Program have the requirement of completing a minimum of two practica prior to student teaching.
The first practicum, Introduction to Education Practicum, occurs early in the student’s professional education course sequence and is considered the “diversity practicum.” This practicum is primarily an observation/aide situation. Arrangements have been made for it to be completed in Wichita or other ethnically diverse urban setting during Interterm.
The second practicum occurs later in the professional sequence and requires students to take more initiative in the actual classroom responsibilities. In fact, students are required to teach a minimum of two lesson plans per credit hour.