At any time before, during or after the Practicum you are welcome (and encouraged!) to direct any inquiries, thoughts, and questions to one of Sound Circle Center’s Program Directors.
Grades Teacher Training Practicum and Observation Guidelines & Documentation
Practicum Preparation for Preservice Teachers
Grades Practicum Guidelines
Appendix of Documents and Guidelines:
A. Guidelines for Observing Children
B. Guidelines for Lesson Plans
C. Guidelines for Daily Journal
D. Guidelines for Observing Non-classroom Work
E. Guidelines for Letter to Supervising Teacher
F. Practicum Activities Form
J. Supervising Teacher Responsibilities
K. AWSNA Principles for Waldorf Schools - See the main page
L. Research Project Assignment - Part 1
M. Research Project Assignment - Part 2
Sound Circle Center
Research Assignment Part II
Teacher Training Program
EC Teacher Training Practicum Guidelines & Documentation
1 - Introduction
Practical experience in an early childhood classroom is one of the most important aspects of Waldorf Early Childhood teacher education. Hands-on experience in one’s own classroom or in that of an experienced teacher are equally valuable. In-service students will be visited by Mentors, by either a SCC faculty member or an experienced EC educator in their local area chosen by the SCC EC faculty, in their own classrooms. In-service students are also expected to do Observations and a short Practicum in a trained and experienced Waldorf EC teacher (See WECAN expectations below). Pre-service students will complete several days of observation and a minimum of two three-week Practicums. Students who are working as Assistant Teachers will complete at least one week of lead teaching in their home classroom and one week of Practicum in an experienced teacher’s classroom.
2 - WECAN Early Childhood Practicum Expectations
• Pre-service students (those not yet working at least three days a week in a Waldorf Early Childhood setting) must have a minimum of two weeks of observation and six weeks of practicum with experienced Waldorf EC teachers and will be visited during a practicum by an institute-approved advisor at least once during their training.