EDN 409-203 Practicum in Music

Fall 2008

Supervisor: John Rack, Ph.D. Office: CA1053 Phone 962-3729

email: rackj@uncw.edu




Students are assigned full-time to practicum sites in music. The setting is selected from elementary general music, middle or high school chorus, band or orchestra, with consideration for the student's performance concentration and career goals. During the course students will engage in a variety of instructional activities supervised by the partnership teacher and a university supervisor. Responsibilities will increase until a full-time teaching load is assumed by the student.




        Maintain high ethical and professional standards for a teacher in the public schools of North Carolina

        Demonstrate content knowledge and align instruction with the NC Standard Course of Study

        Develop and implement lesson plans with appropriate objectives, strategies, sequences, and evaluation procedures

        Demonstrate the ability to achieve educational objectives with all learners by differentiating instruction

        Demonstrate an effective practice of reflection and adjustment in teaching practices

        Demonstrate appropriate and effective classroom management procedures, including encouraging an environment that is supportive, respectful, inclusive, and flexible

        Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers and school staff




At the conclusion of the practicum semester the following grading criteria will be applied:


A = Teaching skills are often at a high level for a beginning teacher. Intern is rated as proficient in all 5 of the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards on the UNCW Intern Performance Scale. Intern frequently demonstrates initiative and independence in teaching and in expanding the scope of his/her teaching competencies.


B = Teaching skills are sometimes at a high level for a beginning teacher. Intern is rated as proficient in 4 of the 5 standards, including 2, 3 and 4, and as emerging competence on one standard, either 1 or 5 on the Intern Performance Scale. Intern demonstrates clear evidence of growth in teaching and understanding of the learning process.


C = Teaching skills are just adequate for a beginning teacher. Intern is rated as proficient in 3 of the 5 standards on the Intern Performance Scale. To receive a C and be recommended for licensure the intern must be rated as proficient on standards 2, 3 and 4. Intern demonstrates some evidence of growth in teaching and understanding of the learning process.


D = Performance is unacceptable. Intern receives one or more ratings below proficient on standards 2, 3 and 4. The intern requires considerable supervision and assistance, beyond that designed into the program, to maintain an adequate scope of competencies. Initial licensure will not be recommended.


The grade of W is assigned if the student is withdrawn from the internship during the semester. Withdrawal may be required in situations where there is clear evidence that pupils are not learning, or when the relationship between the intern and the partnership teacher is irreconcilably impaired. Other serious circumstances may also lead to withdrawal from the internship.


A grade of I may be assigned if performance is satisfactory during practicum, but the student is unable to complete the semester due to personal health or family circumstances, or when it is determined that a student requires additional time for development of his or her teaching competencies.




The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is committed to the proposition that the pursuit of truth requires the presence of honesty among all involved. It is therefore this institution's stated policy that no form of dishonesty among its faculty or students will be tolerated. Although members of the university community are encouraged to report occurrences of dishonesty, each individual is principally responsible for his or her own honesty.


All students are encouraged to read section V "Academic Honor Code", in the UNCW Student Handbook, for definitions of plagiarism, bribery, and cheating, and the procedures for reporting and adjudication of any activities involving student dishonesty.


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