College of Education

Field Services

Student Teaching T&L 415

T&L 415 is the supervised student-teaching experience. Student teachers are advised to follow the school district’s calendar and generally begin their experiences when their mentor teachers return to the classroom after the summer or winter break. Student teachers are required to be in attendance at school for the teacher contracted day. We encourage our student teachers to help set up the classroom (fall semester) and attend any before or after school activities and meetings during their experience. A university supervisor will be in the classroom to observe and provide support on an almost weekly basis for the duration of the WSUTC semester.


T&L 401

T&L 401 is a practicum with a bilingual/ESL education emphasis. Students are to be working with students (6 hours/week) from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in an educational setting implementing theoretical foundations, skills, and strategies acquired from ESL coursework. A university supervisor will observe the WSUTC student four times during the semester.


T&L 402

T&L 402 is a supervised practicum experience with a literacy emphasis. This practicum is coupled with a literacy course that emphasizes literacy instruction and methods in the K–3 classrom. The practicum (3 hours/week) provides a place for students to carry out various assignments and activities from their literacy class as well as observe mentor teachers using literacy instruction/methods and best practices in the classroom. A university supervisor will observe the WSUTC student twice during the semester.

Field Component- 45 hours, K-8 classroom experience

T&L 405

T&L 405 is a supervised practicum experience with an emphasis on math and science. This practicum is coupled with math and science courses emphasizing math and science instruction/methods. The practicum (3 hours/week) provides a place for students to carry out various math and science assignments/activities as well as observe mentor teachers using math and science instruction methods and best practices in the classroom. There is no grade level emphasized so placement requests may be K–middle school. A university supervisor will observe the WSUTC student twice during the semester.

Field Component- 45 hours, K-8 classroom experience

T&L 490

T&L 490 is a supervised practicum experience where students are required to be in their practicum 2 days/week. Unfortunately, our schedule here at WSUTC does not usually lend itself for our students to be in the classroom two consecutive days. Students will need to work out a schedule with their mentor teacher. Pullman students, however, are placed in the schools for a 4–5 week block at the beginning of the semester then return to Pullman for the remainder of the semester. I will note which students are Pullman’s. It is a nice transition into the student teaching experience is the WSU student can continue on with his/her 490 mentor teacher for the student teaching placement the following semester. However, I realize, and the students realize, this is not always possible or desirable for a variety of reasons. The 490/advanced practicum is an intensive practicum that integrates educational theory with teaching in classroom contexts. It is encouraged that the mentor teacher allows the WSU student to try, practice, and experience all that the mentor teacher feels comfortable with at this point. The Handbook will have a number of ideas and suggestions for activities, and the seminar instructor will have students working on edTPA tasks. Dialogue about pedagogy—planning, student engagement, assessment, student voice, academic language, and classroom management—would be helpful. A university supervisor will observe the WSU student twice during the semester.

The Advanced Practicum, T&L 490, is particularly important as it comes immediately before student teaching. The experience provides the following for the preservice teachers:


SpecEd 490

SpecEd 490 is a supervised practicum experience (6 hours/week) emphasizing the application of theories and practices in special education (P–12). Students can be placed anywhere from developmental preschool/EACAP to high school/transition (work experience). Placements may be in a resource room, or inclusion one semester and the next semester in a life skills/autism/self-contained classroom. Additionally, WSUTC students should have an opportunity to work in an early childhood or elementary school as well as a middle or high school/transition placement. A university supervisor will observe the WSUTC student four times during the semester.