Required in all Initial licensure programs, the purpose of the student teaching practicum/internship is to provide candidates who have reached the teacher candidacy stage of their academic programs with hands-on experience in an approved school setting. Guided by the supervision of a university supervisor, each teacher candidate typically works under the mentorship of one or two qualified supervising practitioners, who assist candidates in meeting the professional standards of the license they are seeking. The practicum experience is typically a full semester, full week teaching experience of at least 300 hours in the role of the license sought. Practicum students follow the schedule of the supervising practitioner and should expect to be included in meetings and events during the practicum semester. Practicum/Student Teaching placements are assigned by the Placement Coordinator in collaboration with program Chairs and Coordinators and in alignment with field placement policies (MS Word) relating to experiences with diverse student populations. Fitchburg State works with a limited number of placement school systems (PDF) in Massachusetts to host quality Practicum experiences. As these partner school districts are subject to change, students should NOT contact school districts. While student preferences are considered, other factors impacting placement must sometimes take precedence.
Eligibility for Practicum includes successful completion of a Stage Two Review which reviews the candidates’ admission status, GPA, Candidate Dispositions, coursework, pre practicum experiences and MTEL status. Fall practicum requires successful completion of all MTELs on or before the May test administration. Spring practicum requires successful completion of all required MTELs on or before the September test administration.
Application for Undergraduate Practicum (MS Word) through Tk20 for the fall semester is due April 15th. Applications for the spring semester are due October 15th.
Application for Graduate Practicum (PDF) for the fall semester is May 1st. Applications for the spring semester are due November 1st.
For candidates completing a Fitchburg State University approved licensure program, we are pleased to support your application process with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon receipt and review of your complete licensure packet by the Licensure Office, your endorsement will be processed directly with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Note: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education no longer issues paper licenses. For other details on the redesign of the DESE Educator Licensure office, read the update from Commissioner Chester.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Call Center Hours:
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Licensure Office will only be accepting phone calls at the Call Center (781.338.6600) Monday – Friday. Please note, much of the information available through the Call Center can be found on the Department’s website.