Liberal Studies (Special Education)

You will complete two early field experiences: SPED 323, & 327. (See Field Experience Placements Handbook for specific requirements for SPED 327. You will be given a copy of this manual when you begin your practicum.) You will be evaluated by your cooperating teacher and your college supervisor. (Evaluation forms are in the Field Experience Placements Handbook) Copies of these evaluations should be requested to be placed into your portfolio. You also will be asked to evaluate your practicum site.

Field and Clinical experiences include working with elementary, middle, and secondary students who have exceptional learning needs in the general curriculum. You are required to request different placements for each experience to satisfy grade level and diversity requirements. A possible example might be SPED 323: Elementary level classroom rural setting and SPED 327: Secondary level classroom urban setting. For licensure, you must have experience in elementary, middle, and high school across your field and clinical experiences.

Deadlines for registering for field and clinical experiences are available from the Office of Professional Services.

Arts & Sciences (Secondary)


Take in First Summer School session at end of freshman or sophomore year:

  • EDUC 265 Practicum I (middle school level)/3 credits

Take in First Summer School Session at end of sophomore or junior year:

  • EDUC 370 Practicum II (secondary level)/3 credits

(All courses listed above will be taken prior to enrolling in the Professional Semester. A minimum Cumulative 2.5 GPA is required. See undergraduate catalog for other requirements).

Professional Semester:

  • EDUC 402 Directed Teaching in the Secondary School/11 credits *
  • EDUC488 Education Seminar/1 credit


* English majors take ENGL 482 instead of EDUC 402.
* Mathematics and computer science majors MATH 482 instead of EDUC 402

Health and Physical Education

Community Health Internships provide students with the ideal forum to practice and experience citizen leadership firsthand.  Through the internship, graduate students assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health and physical education promotion programs. Part-time students who are traveling to campus can have the internship set up at their place of employment or residence.  Full-time students can serve on the Piedmont Community Health Coalition in Farmville and complete their internship in town.