Professional Semester II (PS II) is the second professional semester and is only offered in the Spring (January- April). It may be taken directly after PS I if a student has 25 or more courses (75 credit hours) completed at the point of admission. (If less than 25 courses have been completed, the remaining courses in the first degree and/or remaining education course electives should be completed.)
Once students have successfully completed the four on-campus courses for the PS II (which last approximately 7 weeks), they are assigned to a classroom full-time in a subject specific practicum (approximately 6 weeks). Here students plan, develop and deliver units of instruction. (This practicum carries a 1.5 course equivalvent credit.)
Education 3600 constitutes the field experience component of Professional Semester II and carries a 1.5 course equivalent credit. During this practicum you spend a minimum of six weeks in a school focusing on teaching in your subject major (Language Arts majors are together, Science majors are together, etc). It is an opportunity to integrate theory and practice under expert guidance. You'll begin teaching within the first few days, usually with approximatley one-half of your Teacher Associate's workload, progressing to 2/3 and then a likelihood of a full teaching load for no more than 3-5 days!
Your PS II Teacher Associate will provide daily verbal feedback and at regular intervals throughout the practicum will complete the PS II Formative Assessment Form to assist you with your growth and devlopment. This form is yours and is not submitted to the Field Experience office.
For a complete list of PS II resources, please visit our Forms and Guidelines page.