Professional Practicum/Mentored Practicum
Teacher Candidates who are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education/Special Education, Middle Grades Education and Secondary Education programs will complete 3-4 field experiences. Upon successful completion of the Pre-Practicum or Early Fieldwork experience, students will complete Professional Practicum.
EDUC 485/EMAT 608: Professional Practicum provides a semester-long, school-based experience for teacher candidates. Candidates will be assigned to diverse public schools and will spend a minimum of 80+ clock hours observing and teaching and consistently attending weekly. Specific requirements for Professional Practicum can be found in the course syllabus.
EDUC 488/EMAT 609: Mentored Practicum is designed for those students who are employed in an approved accredited school setting and who are teaching on a non-renewable teaching certificate. The student completes the course requirements in the classroom where he or she is employed, under the mentorship of a Mercer supervisor. This experience must be approved by the Office of Field Placement. Specific requirements for Mentored Practicum can be found in the course syllabus.