Practicum in Special Education: External – EDSP 488

CG • Section 16WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Candidates participate in a field practicum in a special education setting to gain skills, knowledge, and experience working with individuals with exceptionalities. This experience provides beginning special education teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and address the academic, social, behavioral, and transition needs of individuals with disabilities throughout the school setting. This practicum course may only be repeated one time with program chair approval.


(Background Clear Virginia with a score of 5 or Background Clear Out of State with a score of 5 or Background Clear International with a score of 5 or Background Check Clearance with a score of 5) and EDSP 473 (may be taken concurrently)


Candidates are required to engage in developmental and sequential field experiences throughout their program. Candidates will complete practicum experiences that correspond to the corequisite course identified in the candidate’s degree completion plan. Candidates will assist in the classroom as well as teach one or more formal lessons.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Observe, collaborate, and assist in a K-12 diverse classroom under the supervision of a qualified host teacher.
  2. Teach one or more formal lessons.
  3. Reflect on professional growth throughout the practicum.
  4. Accept and implement feedback from the host teacher.
  5. Provide service to the host teacher or the host school.
  6. Complete 30 hours of practicum experience in the host school.
  7. Demonstrate the SOE SCRIP dispositions throughout the practicum.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Acknowledgement Quiz

After reviewing the information related to this practicum and the candidate’s co-requisite course (in Livetext), the candidate will complete a one-question acknowledgement quiz found in Module/Week 1.

Practicum Request Quiz

After submitting the practicum placement request, the candidate will complete the 10-question practicum request quiz.

Practicum Expectations Quiz

After reviewing the student teacher handbook and advising guide, the candidate will complete the 10-question practicum expectations quiz.

 Plan for Completion (Calendar)

The candidate will use the provided template to document the projected 30-hour practicum placement schedule.

 Self-Monitoring Quizzes (8)

The candidate will complete quizzes to track their progress in the practicum.

Midterm Reflection (SCRIP)

The candidate will reflect on the SOE SCRIP dispositions and rate his/her performance on the SCRIP dispositions during the practicum. The candidate will write a justification (3–5 sentences) with specific examples (minimum of 3) to support the self-rating given for each disposition. (MLO: C, G) 

Attendance Time Log in FEM

The candidate will log all completed practicum hours in FEM in Livetext. The candidate’s host teacher will verify and approve the hours logged in Livetext. (MLO: A, F)

Pre-CPAST Self-Reflection

The candidate will complete the self-reflection based on a lesson that has been taught during the practicum experience. (MLO: B, C)

Pre-CPAST (Host Teacher Evaluation)

The host teacher will evaluate the candidate’s performance during the practicum using the Pre-CPAST assessment. (MLO: A, C, D, E)

Thank-you Note for Host Teacher

The candidate will write a thank-you note to the Host Teacher showing gratitude for the privilege of completing the practicum in his/her classroom. The candidate will take a picture of the note and submit it to the Blackboard assignment link. (MLO: C, E)