Education practicum placements are essential experiences in teacher preparation, while internships are an excellent opportunity to jump start your career!

All practicum and internship placements are assigned and confirmed through the CEHHS Field Placement Office.

Education Practicums

Practicums are a required part of the curriculum for all students pursuing teacher certification as well as other education majors such as Children & Families. These are typically 1 credit hour and must be taken concurrently with a methods course. Other field experiences may be shorter and built into the 3 credits of a lecture course. The following are 45-hour practicum experiences required of all majors/minors; also check out the Field Placement Handbook for a complete list:

Elementary 1-Cr Hour Practicums Include:

  • EDC 240/241- Psychology of Child Development
  • EDD 406/410- Strategies in Early Childhood (Early Childhood majors only)
  • EDD 467/471- Reading Instruction: Models and Methods
  • EDD 491/495- Social Studies in Elementary Grades

Secondary 1-Cr Hour Practicums Include:

  • EDC 302/304- Adolescent Development and Classroom Management
  • EDD 4xx/4xx- Methods Course in Content Area (course number depends on major and/or minor)

In order to be prepared for these practicums, students must have the proper clearances on file in their MBox including the Criminal Background Check form, Bloodbourne Pathogens training, and the Video Recording Consent form. More information on these clearances and how to upload documents to your MBox can be found below. 

Education Internships

Some Education majors require internships while it is optional in others. Please check with your advisor if you need assistance identifying the correct course.

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Early Childhood, Elementary Certification: 
    • EDD 411/412- Directed Teaching in Early Childhood (required)
    • Pre-requisite- EDD 406/410- Strategies in Early Childhood
  • Children & Families:
    • Social Agency Concentration, EDD 418- Children and Families Internship (required)
    • Child Studies Concentration, EDD 411/412- Directed Teaching in Early Childhood (required)
      • Pre-requisite- EDD 406/410- Strategies in Early Childhood
  • Instructional Technology
    • EDT 462- Instructional Technology Internship (optional)
    • Can be taken 2 times for up to 6 credits
    • Pre-requisites- EDT 211, EDT 402, EDT 410, EDT 414, and EDT 420

Graduate Programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
    • Early Childhood Endorsement Concentration, EDD 594- Early Childhood Education Internship (required)
      • Pre-requisite- EDD 536- Grad Seminar in Early Childhood Education
    • Special Education Inclusion Concentration, EDD 650- Internship ECSE (required)
      • Pre-requisites- EDC 645- Transdisciplinary Approach: Assessment/Collaboration and EDD 546- Intervention Strategies in EC
    • Administration and Leadership Concentration, EDD 537- Administrative Intern in EC (required)
      • Pre-requisite- EDD 536- Grad Seminar in Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership
    • EDB 720-Educational Administration Internship (required)
    • Must be taken 2 times for up to 6 credits
  • Education Specialist Program
    • Educational Leadership Concentration, EDB 721/724- Central Office Administration Internship (required)
  • Educational Technology
    • EDT 562- Educational Technology Internship (optional)
    • Can be taken 2 times for up to 6 credits
  • Special Education
    • Learning Disabilities Concentration
      • EDN 508- Internship Seminar (must be taken concurrently with first internship)
      • EDD 513- Elementary Internship
      • EDD 515- Secondary Internship
      • Pre-requisites- EDC 501, EDN 501, EDN 503, EDN 504
    • Emotional Impairments Concentration
      • EDN 522- Emotional Impairments Internship
      • Pre-requisites- EDN 520, EDN 523, EDN 525, EDN 526

In order to prepare for your internship, you must complete a CEHHS Internship Application by the posted deadline:

  • Fall Internships- July 15
  • Winter Internships- October 15
  • Summer Internships- March 15

Overrides for registration will be processed upon receipt of the application. The Field Placement Office will contact students to discuss placement options.


Required Clearances

Criminal Background Check Consent Form

In order for a background check to be conducted by the Field Placement Office, students must fill out the consent form. Livescan fingerprints are no longer needed to meet University requirements, but fingerprinting may be required by the specific site where your field experience is scheduled. Your site supervisor or other site personnel will inform you of such a requirement.

Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases Training

This training is completed through Michigan Virtual. Click the link above and enroll for the free training. You will be guided through several different modules each with a quiz at the end. Students must earn an 80% on each module quiz in order to pass. Quizzes can be taken multiple times and the modules are not timed. Once you complete the training with passing quiz scores, you will be sent an electronic certificate of completion. Please email the certificate to for processing. 

Please Note: The certificate takes up to 6 hrs to receive after completion of the training, therefore, plan accordingly if you are completing the training in order to register for classes. 

Video Recording Consent Form

Students in education practicums may be required to record themselves in the classroom during practicum experiences, student teaching, and other classes with a field placement requirement. These recordings will be used to provide feedback and help students develop as educators. 

Specific Clearances Required for Placement at the Early Childhood Education Center

The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) requires additional clearances and paperwork before students are eligible to begin their practicums on site. Students must complete the ECEC Field Placement Packet and submit it to the ECEC at 18501 Rotunda Drive. 

Additionally, practicum hours are scheduled directly through the ECEC. Students registered in courses with ECEC practicums must complete this practicum student information form.

For further information, contact the ECEC Office, 313-593-5424

For Our Education Partners

Cooperating/Mentor Teacher Information

Cooperating teachers are professional educators who choose to mentor teacher candidates. Cooperating teachers support and evaluate teacher candidates in planning and preparation, classroom management, implementation of pedagogical content knowledge, and professional development and dispositions. As professional educators, they provide feedback and engage in reflective conversations with teacher candidates to support professional growth. They fulfill an irreplaceable role in the teacher candidates’ career trajectory.


Field Experiences

 Field Experiences include the following per the Michigan Department of Education’s Clinical Experiences Requirements:

  • Intentional observation of masterful teaching with accompanying reflection and debriefing of how the activities connect to the teacher preparation curriculum,
  • Co-planning and co-teaching with a masterful mentor teacher,
  • Co-assessing and analyzing resultant student work,
  • Participating in guided and supervised teaching of individual students as well as small groups and whole classrooms, and
  • Collaboration with education professionals.
Cooperating Teacher Requirements for Early Field Experiences
  • If you have at least two to three years of experience teaching effectively, as indicated on your teaching evaluations, and you are interested in mentoring a preservice teacher, we invite you to email us at 

For any questions, please reach out to the field placement office at


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