Updated January 2016 

NPTT students must successfully complete the practicum, or supervised teaching experience, to receive recommendation for teacher licensure and successfully complete the NPTT program. 

Option 1:  The program is designed around the expectation that students obtain a contracted paid teaching position in their major area of endorsement to complete the practicum requirement.  This is the preferred option to complete the NPTT practicum:  the paid internship option (EDCI 598, 4 credits).

Option 2:  For those students who meet eligibility requirements, there is the option of student teaching (not a paid position) to complete the practicum requirements. Prior approval must be secured before a placement can be made.  Student teaching placements are entirely dependent on a school district who is willing to host a student teacher and who has a teacher who willingly volunteers to work with a student teacher.  Therefore, NPTT can make no guarantee of a student teaching placement even if a NPTT student is approved to student teach.  Additionally there is the added cost to student teaching—enrollment in 6 credits of EDCI 598.

Paid Internship Option

Eligibility:

  • successful completion of EDCI 552, 553, and 554
  • passing score on the Praxis II Content Area Exam(s) for each intended area of licensure
  • teaching full (1 FTE) or half time (.5 FTE or 15 periods a week or 750 minutes a week) in the student’s major area of endorsement in a regionally or state accredited school
  • employment verification for paid internship received from school districts before the beginning of EDCI 598 MSU Fall Semester.
  • Consecutive enrollment in EDCI 598 NPTT Internship (1 credit MSU Fall Semester, 3 credits MSU Spring Semester).
  • Students may not be accepted into practicum without enrollment in (or completion of) EDCI 558 and 559.

Completing the Paid Internship Option:

  • Students may not be accepted into practicum without enrollment in (or completion of) EDCI 558 and 559.
  • The NPTT practicum (EDCI 598) for the paid internship spans two semesters in the same teaching placement. In the Fall students successfully complete 1 credit, and then are eligible to complete 3 credits in the Spring of the same academic year. These credits must be taken consecutively.  Failure to pass the fall 1 credit of EDCI 598, removes the student from the practicum opportunity for the academic year.  If Fall EDCI 598 is failed, the student must petition to the NPTT Steering Committee to reengage the following academic year.   
  • Students are expected to complete all NPTT courses sequentially while completing EDCI 598, and earn a minimum grade of B.
  • Failure to successfully complete any NPTT courses will require repeating the course(s) and will result in academic review.  Doing so will delay the graduation and licensure timeline.
  • A student who breaks or resigns their contract while completing EDCI 598 will be removed from the NPTT program, unless prior approval is granted from NPTT.

Student Teaching Option

Eligibility:

  • successful completion of EDCI 552, 553, 554, 558 and 559
  • passing score on the Praxis II Content Area Exam(s)
  • passing grades on all course deficiencies identified by NPTT upon admission
  • application to student teach and necessary documents received prior to deadline (July 1st for consideration for Fall student teaching, November 1st for consideration for Spring student teaching)
  • acceptance of student teaching placement received from sponsoring school prior to deadline (August 1st for Fall student teaching, or December 1st for Spring student teaching)
  • student teaching placement is secured in the student’s major area of teaching endorsement at a regionally or state accredited school
  • enrollment in EDCI 598 NPTT Internship (6 credits)

Student Teaching Time Frames:

Application Deadline for Student Teaching:

  • application to student teach and all required documents must be submitted to the NPTT practicum director by July 1st for consideration for a Fall student teaching placement, by November 1st for consideration of a Spring student teaching placement 

Completing Student Teaching:

  • Students may not be considered eligible to student teach without successful completion of EDCI 558 and 559.
  • Students are expected to complete all NPTT courses sequentially during EDCI 598, and earn a minimum grade of B.
  • Failure to successfully complete any NPTT courses will require repeating the course(s) and will result in academic review.  Doing so will delay the graduation and licensure timeline.

 

Contact: Annette Chvilicek Carson, NPTT Practicum Director, annette.carson@montana.edu