ERIC Number: ED121728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Broadening of Graduate Practicums (An overview of how Jacksonville State University increased the practical experiences available to employed Master's level students).
Educators agree that the interaction of teachers in training with exceptional children through the medium of practicums or internships is an essential component of every teacher education program. At the undergraduate level, where the student is usually pursuing a degree on a full time basis, ample opportunities exist for interaction with children, both in conjunction with classroom assignments and through student teaching. At the Master's level, where most students pursue a degree on a part time basis (and are employed as a teacher during the day), practical work is logistically more difficult to arrange. Student feedback at Jacksonville State University indicated that additional types of exposure would be meaningful. Thus, an agreement was reached with the nearby Calhoun County School System whereby special education teachers enrolled for an intership in special education were permitted to receive exposure to classroom situations other than their own. Implementation of the program necessitated (1) the approval and cooperation of the Superintendent of Education for the county, the Coordinator of Special Education, and various teachers; (2) pre-planning by program administrators and caution in the participant selection; (3) the encouragement of participants; and (4) follow-up asking teachers and administrators involved to exchange experiences formally and informally. This exchange program, in which some teachers were given total responsibility for a classroom and others were allowed to observe, was perceived as being quite meaningful by everyone involved. (A list of observations of participating teachers and recommendations for university supervisors are included.) (DMT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jacksonville State Univ., AL.