Online Programs: Practicum Descriptions

Field Experience

Early and ongoing field experiences are crucial for initial licensure preparation. The continuum of field experiences required in Liberty's program includes course-embedded practicums in preK-12 settings and culminates in either student teaching during the final semester. Field experiences are course-embedded requirements for designated courses in each program. Field experiences must include a variety of settings appropriate to the endorsement: multiple grade levels and interaction with diverse students (e.g., minority, at-risk and exceptional students). Documentation of field experiences for each candidate is maintained by the candidate and a cumulative field log is submitted to the Liberty University's School of Education upon completion of the licensure program.

Request Placement for Course-Embedded Field Experiences

Students should view the requesting procedures for course-embedded field experiences. Requests are always due by Wednesday of WEEK ONE.


Descriptions of Course-Embedded Field Experiences

NOTE:  Practicum information may be changed, term to term, without notice.  The information below is provided as a guide for course selection and is not binding in any form.

Course

 Hours
Approximate

Practicum Description

EDCE 504:  Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 5
  • NOTE:  This experience is a COMMUNITY setting ONLY (NOT a school setting).
  • Cultural Immersion Experience:  Candidate researches specific culture, attends and actively participates in two events related to the selected culture (each event should be TWO hours), and conducts ONE-hour, in-depth interview with individual in selected culture.
EDCE 698:  School Counseling Practicum 150
  • One non-K-12 school setting (can be completed in a clinical or college setting)
EDCE 699-003:  School Counseling Internship 600
  • Minimum 600 hours over two semesters
  • Must include at least 300 hours in each level (K-6th and 7th-12th)
EDSP 420:  Current Trends in Special Education 1
  • Interview a special educator to learn about their roles and responsibilities
  • Write a one-page summary of the interview
EDUC 200:  Principles of Education 1
  • Develop ten questions to use in interviewing an educator
  • Interview an educator to learn about their roles and responsibilities
  • Share the responses with the class in a discussion board forum
EDUC 210:  Early Childhood Education Fundamentals 10
  • Minimum of two field experiences (in two different centers) in an early childhood setting
  • Prepare a one-two page report analyzing the experiences at each site
EDUC 301:  Instructional Practices for Math Teachers 1
  • Create a math lesson plan for a specific grade level
  • Teach lesson either in classroom setting or in community setting
  • NOTE:  Community setting (church group, neighborhood group, etc.) is encouraged
EDUC 302:  Instructional Practices for Reading Teachers 3
  • Create a directed reading activity and a directed reading-thinking activity
  • Facilitate both activities with a group of children
  • Write a summary of both sessions
  • Write a reflection of both sessions
EDUC 390:  Teaching Practicum 90
  • Hours completed in a PreK-12 classroom
  • Hours completed in one classroom with one mentor teacher
  • Hours completed in subject area chosen by student
  • Write one formal lesson plan
  • Write a weekly block plan for an entire week
  • Implement weekly block plan in classroom
  • Student MUST teach for an ENTIRE week (ALL day, EVERY day) in a normal school schedule (approximately 8am-3pm)
  • Student MUST be active in the practicum placement for the ENTIRE semester
  • NOTE:  Completed during a 16-week course
EDUC 500:  Advanced Educational Psychology 2
  • Generate five open-ended questions to be used in student interview
  • Interview four children:  a preschooler, a student in elementary school, a student in middle school, and a student in high school
  • Summary linking student responses with stages of development
EDUC 501:  Advanced Child Development 10
  • Developmental Case Study
  • Obtain permission to observe two students in different levels of development
    • NOTE:  Permission level is typically from the parents to observe their child in either a church, home, or community setting.  (School setting is appropriate if LU student is a classroom teacher and parent permission is obtained.)
  • Write a case study, summarizing each of the three developmental domains (physical, cognitive, social/emotional)
EDUC 521:  Foundations of Exceptionality 10
  • Classroom or community setting
  • Spend time working with students with exceptionalities
  • Write a summary of the experience
  • Interview an adult with special needs or family member of someone with special needs to inquire about their school experiences (not included in 10 hours)
  • Write a summary of the interview
  • Community setting option is available
  • NOTE:  Community option may be required in some areas
EDUC 524:  Collaborating for Successful Inclusive Classrooms 10
  • Actively work with students who are disabled in an inclusion classroom setting
  • Interview a special education teacher
  • Write a two-part paper, analyzing the experience
  • Write a summary of the interview
  • Community setting option is available
  • NOTE:  Community option may be required in some areas
EDUC 525:  Collaborating for Successful Transitions 10
  • Classroom or community setting
  • Spend time working with students with exceptionalities, preferably in transition settings
  • Write a summary of the experience
  • NOTE:  Community option may be required in some areas
EDUC 527:  Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assessment 2
  • Select an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and interview one (1) family member of this individual
  • Must use interview questions that are provided
  • Write a two-part reflection of experience (2-4 pages in length)
  • NOTE:  Candidate is responsible for locating this person in the community setting
EDUC 530:  Teaching Mathematics 10
  • Classroom setting for mathematics instruction
  • Write a report of the experience
EDUC 554:  Reading and Language Acquisition 30
  • Classroom setting in elementary or remedial classrooms during reading instruction
  • Write a lesson plan
  • Teach lesson to students in placement
  • Complete a school service project that is determined/assigned by the host teacher
  • Host teacher completes two assessments:  Field Experience Assessment and the School Service Project Assessment
EDUC 590/591/592/593 300 (minimum)
  • Student Teaching
  • Candidate is expected to be in classroom all day, every day of the student teaching semester
EDUC 602:  Young Adolescents, Schools and Communities 2
  • Interview a 10 - 15 year old student
  • Document core issues of physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development related to the student
  • Template provided
EDUC 621:  Educational Assessment for Special Needs 10
  • Select a client for assessment (seek appropriate permissions)
  • Attain educational background and a completed teacher referral for client
  • Observe client in a teaching setting and complete a formal assessment of client
  • Submit final assessment instruments
EDUC 622:  Educational Assessment and Intervention 2
  • Client Report
  • Select a K-12 client for assessment (seek appropriate permissions)
EDUC 623:  Principles of Behavior Management 3
  • Observe a child for two hours
  • Write a detailed analysis
  • Interview a teacher, principal, school guidance counselor, children's pastor, or other professional to ascertain their views on behavior management
  • Write a summary of interview
EDUC 625
Content Instructional Procedures
30
  • Classroom setting designated for candidate's endorsement area
  • Write a reflection of experience
EDUC 627:  Reading and Research in Gifted Education 2
  • Observe a gifted or talented child in a traditional (public or private school) teaching environment
  • Generate a narrative of the observation session
EDUC 629:  Technology and Diversity 1
  • Interview an Instructional Technologist or Technology Resource Teacher
  • Submit a transcript of the interview  with a reflection of what was learned
EDUC 640:  School Administration 30
  • Majority of hours completed while school is in session and students are present
  • Practicum activities should align with course benchmark assignment, the School Improvement Plan
EDUC 646:  School-Community Relations 30
  • Shadow an administrator in a school setting and/or volunteer for community organizations that partner with schools
EDUC 647:  School Law 30
  • Majority of hours completed while school is in session and students are present
  • Practicum activities should align with course benchmark assignment:  Identify and evaluate aspects of the school district that could involve legal issues, if not properly corrected or maintained
EDUC 648:  School Finance and Management 30
  • Majority of hours completed while school is in session and students are present
  • Practicum activities should align with course benchmark assignment, the Finance Project:  Identify and evaluate a school program involving revenue sources, setting goals and objectives, evaluating the use of funds, and benefits to students
EDUC 650:  Specialists for Reading/Math Programs 10
  • Visit one school system and one clinical site
  • Interview specialist at each site
  • Each site visit/interview should be five hours (for a total of ten hours)
  • Write a description each program visited
  • Write a narrative of each interview
EDUC 655:  Organization and Administration of Pre-Schools 2
  • Visit a Daycare Center (daycare center/early learning center/pre-school)
  • Evaluate the visit (describe and evaluate using a provided checklist)
EDUC 673:  Curriculum and Methods for the Middle School 10
  • Visit and observe the overall operation of a middle school
  • Interview a middle school principal
EDUC 675:  Elementary Curriculum and Methods 1
  • Interview a field expert in the area of elementary curriculum and instruction
  • Summarize the experience and make recommendations based on findings
EDUC 697:  A Theology of Suffering and Disability 8
  • Visit at least two ministries or other vocations which are related to disability
  • Submit a summary of the experience
EDUC 698:  Directed Practicum 120
  • Cumulative field experience hours completed in student's degree program
  • Remaining hours completed in placement within student's endorsement area(s)
  • Student MUST teach for an ENTIRE week (ALL day, EVERY day) in a normal school schedule (approximately 8am-3pm)
EDUC 699-A1:  School Administration Internship 200-320
  • A minimum of 200 hours are required during the internship
  • 320 cumulative hours are required by the end of the internship, after including a maximum of 120 course-embedded early field experiences before enrolling in EDUC 699-A1
  • Majority of hours are to be during school hours while students are present
EDUC 703:  Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education 5
  • Interview educators (teachers, administrators, or other educational professionals working in K-12 or higher education environments)
  • Write a case study analyzing the interviewees' beliefs on education in the context of the theories and thinkers covered in the course
EDUC 735:  Issues & Trends in Teaching & Learning 1
  • Interview a specialist that has a sound knowledge base of the candidate's topic for research
  • During interview, learn  to network and collaborate with a colleague to discuss education issues
EDUC 740:  Leadership Principles and Ethics 30
  • Majority of hours completed while school is in session and students are present
  • Practicum activities should align with course benchmark assignment
  • Hours are preferred in situations where the candidate can observe and assist with administrative decision-making
EDUC 742:  Educational Leadership and Public Relations 30
  • Majority of hours completed while school is in session and students are present
  • Practicum activities should align with course benchmark assignment
EDUC 817:  Qualitative Methods of Research 2
  • Interview two individuals who have earned a doctorate degree in the field of education
  • Each interview should be kept at about a 1-hour time limit and should be audio-recorded for official transcription
  • Interview questions are provided
  • NOTE:  Additional hours will be required for the process of transcribing the interviews
EDUC 848:  Culture & Educational Leadership 10
  • Case study including a summary, school demographic data, document analysis, and conclusions