A: As part of your Initial License M.Ed. program (e.g., Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities, English as a Second Language), you must complete a 15-week practicum under the supervision of a teacher who is currently licensed in that area. Ideally, the practicum is completed in a public school; however, if you work in a private school and have access to a teacher holding a current license in the area in which you are studying for your M.Ed. program, please let us know and we will help you confirm that this arrangement will work for your practicum. Prior to starting your practicum, you must have completed your M.Ed. course work in good academic standing, passed all of your required MTEL exams, and completed two pre-practicum field-based experiences (30 to 55 hours in a classroom; number of hours depends on how much teaching experience you have had prior to enrolling in the program). Your practicum consists of 15-weeks of student teaching in the grade level and area of concentration that applies to your program. For example, if you are currently teaching or are a paraprofessional in a middle school and you are seeking your Elementary Education Initial License, your practicum must be completed in a school with grades 1-6. You will be the classroom teacher each day for 15 weeks. Practicums in other concentrations may have different student teaching requirements and contexts so please contact us for an individual advising appointment as soon as possible. We can help you identify placements and discuss practicum requirements with your current supervisors.