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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 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.

Utilizing U-M Box to Submit Required Documentation for CEHHS Programs

U-M Box is an electronic document sharing and filing tool provided by the University of Michigan-Dearborn to all students, faculty, and staff.  The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) is utilizing this tool to streamline the process of collecting required clearances for field experiences. Please watch the video below for instructions on how to utilize U-M Box. If you have not received an invitation to your personal U-M Box from CEHHS, please contact the Office of Student Success at or 313-593-5090.


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 and quiz can only be completed at the Curriculum Knowledge Center (CKC) in FCS 267, 313-593-5329 (If the CKC is not open when you need to complete the training, please stop into the CEHHS Office of Student Success in FCS 262 for assistance). 

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

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