Pre-Student Teacher Information

The WSU College of Education is proud to collaborate with various school districts in the Metro Detroit Area in the education of future teachers. We take our urban mission seriously and know that our teacher candidates choose our programs because of a desire to make an impact in the lives of children in our urban communities in the Metro Detroit Area.

Pre-student teaching or practicum prepares you to build your confidence in the classroom by pairing you with a mentor teacher where you will have opportunities to learn to plan for instruction and teach collaboratively. You will reflect on and practice a variety of management and instructional methods effectively with individuals, small groups, and a whole class of learners.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at OCE@wayne.edu, by phone at 313-577-9880 or stop by and see us! We are located in the College of Education, Room 221.

When should I enroll?

You should plan to complete 2-full days per week in an urban classroom for pre-student teaching. You should enroll for pre-student teaching or practicum in the semester before student teaching, when you are close to completing other academic and professional education requirements.

Pre-Student Teaching Application

Application - Winter 2020

Course registration information

TED 5150 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience for Elementary Teaching Majors

Prerequisite: admission to College of Education. Mandatory orientation is held prior to beginning of each semester; refer to Schedule of Classes for date, time and location.
Course Description: Organization and management of classrooms. Lesson planning, teaching strategies and testing procedures. Work in classroom assigned by both an experienced public school teacher and a University faculty member.  Clinical experience in elementary school settings prior to full-time student teaching.

TED 5650 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience for Secondary Teaching Majors

Prerequisite: admission to College of Education. Mandatory orientation is held prior to beginning of each semester; refer to Schedule of Classes for date, time and location.
Course Description: Organization and management of classrooms. Lesson planning, teaching strategies and testing procedures. Work in classroom assigned by both an experienced public school teacher and a University faculty member. Clinical experience in secondary school settings prior to full-time student teaching.

Placement/Policies

No student shall contact a school district, school administrator, teacher or other staff member concerning a request for his/her placement for pre-student teaching. Arrangements for pre-student teaching placement are made only by WSU Educational Partnerships and Experiences and with the central administration or human resource division of the local school district.

Restrictions - Conflict of Interest

WSU students may not seek placement in districts/schools in which a potential for conflict of interest exists. Potential conflicts may pertain to but are not limited to the following:

  • A family member works for the school or district in which placement is secured
  • Currently working for the school or district in which placement is secured