Practicum Experiences

Practicum Experiences

Practicum I: Education Courses

The initial phase of the Doane Teacher Education Program includes:

Committed elementary, secondary, and special education teachers have always given special attention to children representing diverse groups in their classrooms. As a professional, you must exhibit a commitment to providing the best opportunities and learning environment for every child. Designing a curriculum based on inclusion is a decision to build to diverse strengths of students to meet the greater group goal. Teachers and students alike can reach and include the children and youth in their classrooms who are of a different gender, class, race, religion, sexual orientation or culture. The professional teacher views every child or youth as someone with potential and makes every effort to provide educational experiences to meet the needs of all students.

Multicultural Fair

Each Spring the CADRE students help to organize a Multicultural Fair. The fair provides valuable information to educators, students and members of the community interested in promoting multicultural education in our schools and communities. Previous fair activities include:

  • Story Performances
  • Booths on Multicultural topics
  • Art Activities
  • Writing Contests
  • Book Displays
  • Multicultural Dancing Groups

Practicum II: Method Courses

Each of the DTEP method courses in Practicum II relates specifically to the development of teaching skills in a specified subject matter area - Methods. There are special competencies in elementary education, special education, middle school, early childhood and secondary education which are offered in selected courses in each of these areas. All courses design instructional methods to facilitate growth in the areas of the Doane University Teacher Education Standards.

Practicum III: Student Teaching

Practicum III is more commonly referred to as student teaching. This is an extended ten to fourteen-week experience in K-12 settings where each student is given complete responsibility for a classroom. This is taken in the senior year after completion of Practicum I & II. Student teachers are expected to reflect upon their experiences from the perspective of the Doane University Teacher Standards. They are further encouraged to construct their own understandings that encompass the process of teaching and learning.

Practicum IV: Graduate Coursework

Practicum IV is a series of graduate courses (12 credits) taken in the Doane graduate program. These courses are required for certification. Courses will be taken in the summer following graduation.  

Summer Coursework

Practicum V: First Year Teaching

  • The request by Doane University to the employing school for the appointment of a mentor teacher.
  • An area meeting for first-year teachers to gather to talk and share their experiences with other first-year teachers and Doane faculty.