J-Term EDUC 185 & EDUC 215

Exploratory Practicum in Area Schools

This introductory practicum is early in the program so you have the opportunity to “try on teaching.” In this practicum, you work with one teacher during January Term.

The experience focuses on observation and reflection, and offers opportunities for beginning teaching practice. Students journal with their professors regularly during the practicum and meet in seminars on campus to share their experiences.

Online Application is due no later than October 2, 2016


What to Expect

There will be a one day orientation on the first Monday in January. That first week you will be in the classroom Tuesday–Thursday. The following weeks, you will be in the classroom Monday–Thursday. You will observe, assist, tutor, teach small groups, and perhaps even teach a few whole group lessons.

On Fridays, the students will be at Luther in a seminar to process their experiences with the guidance of their seminar leader, a faculty member in the education department. 

Students taking this course in January must complete the online application above by October 2, 2016.

There is a $125 course fee assessed to all students registered for EDUC 185 and EDUC 215. This course fee covers transportation, background checks, and other administrative fees associated with this course. 

Background Check

More and more schools are requiring all adults who work in their schools, in any capacity, to prove that they have been screened for any history of criminal behavior. This background check will need to be completed on a yearly basis.

To begin this process please visit the Luther on-line candidate verification center website provided to start the process.

The fee for this background check is included in the $125 course fee.

Luther College is not responsible for students who are denied access to agencies requiring proof of a background check prior to working with their children.

Post-Practicum Forms

J-Term Evaluation of Student (to be completed by cooperating teacher)

EDUC 185/215 Student Feedback for Cooperating Teacher Placement (to be completed by student)