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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Elementary & Early Childhood Education

Practicum Information

Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/eec/practicum.html

Assessing and Tutoring

 Students in the program will demonstrate the ability to administer, score and interpret selected assessments (e.g., Qualitative Reading Inventory, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Test of Reading Comprehension, and Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests) and use the data to develop an instructional plan for two learners. The learners should be identified by a classroom teacher as struggling readers. For those working on reading licensure, the level of the learners should be elementary, middle, or high school. During the reading licensure program students will need to work with struggling readers at all three levels. Generally, students meet the requirement for one level during EEC 619. Students should select the two learners for the practicum experience so that all three levels are addressed.

 
A Diagnostic Report, which will include an Instructional Plan along with a Report for the Parents, will be developed for each learner. Students in the practicum will tutor each learner for a total of 5 hours implementing the Instructional Plan. A summary report of the tutoring experiences will be prepared by the student to be shared with parents. A sampling of audio recordings from the testing and tutoring sessions is included as part of the requirements.

 

Personal Professional Development Plan

Students identify an area for further professional growth within the reading field. Based on this goal, students will develop a personal professional development plan that includes identifying resources, planning implementation, and setting an accompanying timeline. The plan will be shared and reviewed by a peer from the class.

 

Discussion

A discussion forum focusing on the primary issues and concerns related to the assessment and tutoring experience along with the Personal Professional Development Plan will assist in creating a community of reading colleagues.

 

When should the practicum be taken?

Ideally, the practicum should be the last course in the graduate certificate coursework (reading teacher licensure). In your application, we will look to see that you have all or most of your reading licensure coursework completed.

Note: For some students, taking EEC 625 and EEC 661 at the same time will work well. However, the practicum should be done late in the program. That may mean that students take the practicum during the semester after EEC 625. 

 

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Graduate Certificate Completion Application

To receive the evidence of completion of the graduate certificate program in reading, complete the Application for Graduation form. Send to your advisor. There is no fee involved.