The purpose of the special education minor practicum is for UVM students to gain experience working with students with exceptional needs in a school-based or human service setting. The practicum will allow UVM students to become familiar with the role of special educator, ELL teacher or Human Service provider. In addition students may learn about the special education process, ELL services, and social service delivery. Through observation, students will also gain additional insight into service delivery models and inclusion. Learning Objectives include: *Gain practical experience working with students with disabilities in field sites *Collaborate with professional service providers to learn instructional strategies and interventions related to working with individuals with exceptionalities *Conduct inquiry into a topic of interest related to field placement *Review a special education file and become familiar with contents through documentation of key information *Observe pedagogical strategies and approaches in learning contexts and document through reflection
Placements should be in a school-based or human service setting b.
Placements require consent of the school or agency administrator c.
Mentor teachers can be a: special educator, title 1 teacher, ELL teacher or speech language pathologist social worker or human service provider. However, practicum students must have access to students with exceptionalities. Additionally, sites must facilitate access to files for record reviews as well as provide opportunities to conduct interviews with colleagues and observe meetings. d.
Sites must afford practicum students the opportunity to provide classroom based support and/or instruction. Placements should not rely or plan on curriculum being implemented by the practicum student. Instructional support offered by the student sho
uld be considered “add
If a practicum student is a “no
show” on the first day of their placement, they will be
automatically dropped from the practicum.