Practicum Experiences

The Early Intervention Practicums provide students with opportunities to learn and practice the various roles of the early interventionist in a variety of different settings and demonstrate competence as a beginning early interventionist.

Practicum I will focus on children birth to 36 months and Practicum II will focus on children 3 to 5 years old. Each student will work closely with an assigned university supervisor and a cooperating professional from their individual placement site.

The Practicum placement site should be determined one semester prior to registering for the practicum, as an affiliation agreement must be finalized prior to the beginning of the practicum experience. Practicum students will spend 8 – 10 hours a week at the practicum site for a full semester. Practicums may be available fall, spring, or summer semesters, depending on the student's schedule.

Other Requirements for Practicum Students:

All practicums require the student to spend time with children in natural, community, or school environments. To be eligible for participation in the practicum courses, the student must complete a Federal Background Check and Child Abuse Registry. The student will be provided with the necessary paperwork and instructions indicating how to complete the both required clearances.

These clearances must be finalized by the second semester of the student's program. If not finalized by the indicated dates, as per the academic advisor, the student will not be allowed to participate as a practicum student.

Furthermore, if a criminal infraction is identified on either of these clearances, the student will not be allowed to participate in the practicum courses. Additionally, if a student has an infraction on either or both of the required clearances (Federal Background Check and Child Abuse Registry), he or she should consult the Program Coordinator as early as possible for advice on whether he or she will be able to successfully complete the degree program. The University cannot guarantee that a person with criminal infractions on their clearances will be permitted to register for the practicum courses, thus not allowing the student to finish the program requirements.