About the Practicum



The practicum is a supervised teaching experience, and is a required part of the NPTT program. There are two options to completing the practicum—the paid internship or student teaching.

Please note: 

NPTT will sign off on a Provisional Teaching License after students have completed EDCI 552 and 553.  These courses are designed to teach the minimal requirement of knowledge and skills necessary for the novice teacher.  NPTT strongly recommends that students not pursue a provisional teaching license until they have secured a teaching position that qualifies for the paid internship (cannot be starting until the second academic year engaged in NPTT).  A request for variance from this timeline must come a school administrator who has hired the NPTT student, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Practicum Options

Read about the practicum tracks to complete NPTT

  • Paid Interns (EDCI 598, 4 credits) NPTT paid internship requires an application, due by August 1st prior to the beginning of the academic year. Read the NPTT Practicum Policy for important information prior to applying. The paid internship is an academic yearlong contracted teaching position in an accredited public or private school.  To qualify, the teaching position must be in the NPTT student’s major area of teaching endorsement and a Montana Class 5 teaching license (or appropriate license to the state in which the teaching takes place) once a contract has been signed.  The paid internship requires consecutive enrollment in 1 credit of EDCI 598 fall semester and 3 credits of EDCI 598 spring semester, spanning the academic year. 
 Once the NPTT student is hired to teach, an application for the paid internship can be obtained by contacting annette.carson@montana.edu.   

  • Student Teachers (EDCI 598, 6 credits) NPTT student teaching requires an application and necessary documents (detailed below) submitted prior to the deadline. Read the NPTT Practicum Policy for important information prior to applying.  NPTT student teaching requires enrollment in 6 credits of EDCI 598 during MSU fall or spring semester, for approximately 14 weeks.  
NPTT embraces the co-teaching model because of the benefits to the student teaching, cooperating teacher and ultimately the K-12 student. 
Required documents to student teach due before application will be considered:
  • Fingerprinting Packet:  A cleared current criminal background check on file at NPTT (completed within 12 months prior to the start of student teaching; requires approximately 6 weeks to obtain; packet can be mailed to you upon request
  • First Aid/CPR certification
  • A current resume (PDF) tailored for a student teaching position
  • A one page teaching philosophy (PDF)

                        a brief (no more than one page) document written in first person that allows the reader to better understand your beliefs about teaching and learning in your classroom. When writing a teaching philosophy, consider the following: How will I facilitate learning? Why do I teach the way that I do? What does this look like in practice? How do I evaluate learning?

The application can be obtained by contacting annette.carson@montana.edu