- When should I participate in Practicum?
Generally speaking, you should plan to participate in Practicum I after your freshman year, and Practicum II following your sophomore year (after admission to the Teacher Prep Program). You must complete both placements before you participate in Partnership and/or Student Teaching unless your program states otherwise.
- Can I study abroad during any Practicum or Student Teaching experience?
Yes, but only for Practicum II in an approved program sponsored by a Longwood faculty member. These opportunities are announced at Practicum Orientation and publicized on the OPS website. You can only complete placements at schools in partnership with the university that have the appropriate documentation.
What meetings are required for Practicum and Student Teaching?
Generally, you will need to attend information meetings for Practicum and Student Teaching. This is just to make sure that you and OPS are on the same page. For Practicum placements, you will also meet with your University Supervisor prior to the start of your placement. For student teaching, you must also attend the Mock Interview, Seminar Day and Wrap-Up Day. Failure to attend required meetings/sessions can adversely affect your grade and/or result in cancellation of placement.
- What if I attended a previous orientation session? Do I still need to attend this year?
Yes, you will still need to attend the orientation pertaining to this year's offering (be it Practicum or Student Teaching). Information, including some requirements, change from year to year or even from one semester to the next. In order for us to guarantee that you got the correct information firsthand, we require attendance at the orientation event. Some information may be a repeat of what you heard before, but it is a good reinforcement too. Too much knowledge never hurt anyone!
- I missed a deadline. What should I do?
You should schedule a meeting with the Assistant Director of OPS to determine a new plan of action if the deadline had to do with Teacher Prep or placements. OPS cannot make exceptions to deadlines since school divisions count on us to be prompt and accurate with our requests for placements. You will need to work with your advisor to revise your course plan if applicable. Remember, lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency for OPS. Plan ahead. Ask OPS questions-even if you think you know the answers. Check with OPS to confirm all requirements are met before it is too late for you to take corrective action if needed.
- Where do I find a list of requirements for Practicum?
- I am currently a first year student but cannot complete Practicum I this year. Will I be behind?
You will not be behind as long as you complete Practicum I before the start of your junior year.
- Can I complete a placement in a school where a relative attends or is employed?
Not if they are in your immediate family. Teacher candidates must notify OPS if they are assigned to a school where a family member attends or is employed. The placement may be cancelled or you may be assigned an "Incomplete." Failure to report this conflict is also a violation of the Longwood University Honor Code and may result in additional disciplinary action.
- How will I receive my placement details?
OPS will email you the placement notification. If you have confirmed that all placement requirements have been met by the deadline, then rest assured, you will receive a placement. Some take longer than others to arrange, so please be patient if you do not receive an email notification when some of your classmates/peers are getting theirs. Also, make sure emails from OPS are not going to your junk mail or spam folder by mistake.