Shared Standards for Education Practicum Placements

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These standards apply only to Education site placements. They were approved by GPP Faculty 11-9-16.

Baseline Standards

Baseline standards will allow us to determine the minimum conditions for a practicum placement, and are critical for deciding whether self-placements in job settings or internship sites (i.e., ones that we do not choose ourselves) can be approved for use as a practicum placement. They will also enable us to recognize when a current site needs to be considered for disengagement (i.e., no longer used).

  • Qualified and willing mentor
  • Classroom where candidates can obtain the needed experience and practice to demonstrate competence related to practicum requirements
  • Required population of children present (to be determined by program for specific practicum)
  • Feasible in terms of logistics
  • Program of high enough quality to indicate a positive practicum experience for candidates

Aspirational Standards*

Aspirational standards help us to determine when current site partners are approaching our ideal goals and values, so that we might seek to deepen our relationship and foster a greater sense of reciprocity between them and the College. In addition, the Aspirational standards will guide us when approached by potential partners. Criteria will be developed to evaluate sites in keeping with these standards and will be used on an ongoing basis with field site partners.

School Conditions

  • Diverse children, families, and faculty in program
  • School culture of professionalism and collaboration
  • Supportive administration and structures that allow mentors to engage with candidates (e.g. Release or relief for observation or meetings with candidate)
  • Openness to creating shared protocols and processes (e.g. for conflict resolution and ethical dilemmas)

Classroom Conditions

  • Anti-bias** and multicultural curriculum approach
  • Curriculum and instructional approaches that provide high quality and meaningful learning in all relevant curriculum areas for a range of learners
  • Warm and supportive classroom culture with positive approach to management and discipline

Mentoring Conditions

  • High-quality mentoring (regular meetings, involves candidate in meaningful way in teaching and non-teaching activities, seeks to orient candidate and provides ongoing formative feedback)
  • Classroom does not include more practicum students than can assume leadership role needed for success (teaching time, planning role)

*These standards are for the use of Wheelock College in the assessment of Education practicum placement sites, they are not meant to replace or supersede State
requirements or standards for practicum placements.

**Programs go beyond just exploring diverse cultures by directly teaching advocacy for equality and social justice.

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