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School practicums begin the third Friday of the semester. There is a requirement of a minimum of 60 hours in the practicum. Block 1 candidates create a schedule with their cooperating teacher to meet this minimum requirement.

Candidates schedule approximately 10 hours in their classrooms after Professional Day (second Friday of the semester). There is a 4 week period during the semester when education classes do not meet so candidates can spend more time in the classroom (approximately 50 hours).

Practicum candidates are expected to do the following in their Block 1 classroom(s):

  • Teach 2 lessons (that fall in the scope and sequence of the classroom curriculum)
  • Assist student's learning
  • Assist in classroom management
  • General classroom tasks (attendance, grading, after school activities, lunch room, hallway monitor)
  • Whatever other tasks the cooperating teacher sees fit to request
  • Complete the Observation Tool: Domains A and B

Mentor teachers complete all required feedback and evaluation forms, and discuss them with the candidates:

  • STEP Midpoint Check-in Form
  • Final Teaching Evaluation Form
  • Final Disposition Evaluation Form
  • Rubrics for Domains A and B Forms
  • Sign and verify the Hours Log Form

STEP Block 1 practicums are placed in a middle or high school setting, and the placements will be made locally, in northern Wisconsin, or on the Iron Range.

School practicums begin the third Friday of the semester. There is a requirement of a minimum of 60 hours in the practicum. Block 2 candidates create a schedule with their cooperating teacher to meet this minimum requirement.


Candidates schedule approximately 10 hours in their classrooms after Professional Day (second Friday of the semester). There is a 4 week period during the semester when education classes do not meet so candidates can spend more time in the classroom (approximately 50 hours).

Practicum candidates are expected to do the following in their Block 2 classroom(s):

  • Teach 3-4 lessons (that fall in the scope and sequence of the classroom curriculum)
  • Assist student's learning
  • Assist in classroom management
  • General classroom tasks (attendance, grading, after school activities, lunch room, hallway monitor)
  • Whatever other tasks the cooperating teacher sees fit to request
  • Complete the Observation Tool: Domains Cand E

Mentor teachers complete all required feedback and evaluation forms, and discuss them with the candidates:

  • STEP Midpoint Check-in Form
  • Final Teaching Evaluation Form
  • Final Disposition Evaluation Form
  • Rubrics for Domains C, D, and E
  • Sign and verify the Hours Log Form 

    STEP Block 2 practicums are placed in a middle or high school setting, and the placements will be made locally, in northern Wisconsin, or on the Iron Range.