Academics

Pre-Practicum Field Experience

General Education

The regulations stipulate 75 hours of documented fieldwork in a variety of educational settings (but restricted to contexts involving K-12 students). Thus, in addition to 75 hours of observations in a school classroom, it is acceptable for pre-practicum fieldwork to be done at sites like schoolyards, museums, daycare centers, camps, and after-school programs. Candidates must apply for a pre-practicum/field experience placement by filling out the form below.

Because UMass Boston has commitment to urban education, a candidate’s pre-practicum hours must take place in one of our partner schools. UMass Boston values its urban mission, and the College of Education and Human Development and Department of Curriculum & Instruction help further that mission by requiring students to become familiar, through the urban pre-practicum requirement, with the opportunities and challenges facing students and staff in urban schools. While the definition of "urban" triggers debate in many settings, including our own college, the following are some of the urban districts with which we partner: the public schools of Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, Chelsea, Revere, Lynn, Lowell, Malden, Randolph, Brockton and Quincy.

Many instructors integrate assignments for fieldwork into their courses, thus grounding the theoretical work of their courses in the practical realities of schools and children's learning. Some instructors require a journal that connects the issues raised in the course to field observations; others assign specific research projects.

Pre-Practicum/Field Experience Placement Application

 

Logging Pre-Practicum Hours

 

Special Education

For Initial Licensure, students complete 75 hours of monitored pre-practicum field-based experiences which are attached to individual courses. These field experiences include classroom-based observations, interviews with educational professionals, individualized diagnostic assessments, and design and implementation of lesson plans. Because UMass Boston has commitment to urban education, a substantial portion of a candidate’s pre-practicum hours must take place in an urban setting. UMass Boston values its urban mission, and the College of Education and Human Development and Department of Curriculum & Instruction help further that mission by requiring students to become familiar, through the urban pre-practicum requirement, with the opportunities and challenges facing students and staff in urban schools.