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Office of Field Experiences
Black Hall 214-21
(509) 963-1751
placements@cwu.edu

Elementary Practicum Application Deadlines

  • Fall: Apply by May 17th
  • Winter: Apply October 15th
  • Spring: Apply by January 15th

Application Checklist

  1. Review our placement processes and policy carefully. Failure to adhere to our policies may put your placement in jeopardy.

  2. Work with your instructor and review the information below to identify which courses you need to take - and what quarters you need to take them.

  3. Choose your placement preferences.

  4. Prepare your resume for submission with your application using this template preferred by K-12 principals.

  5. Submit your application.

Spring 2023 applications are closed. To appeal, fill out the placement appeals form. Fall 2023 applications will open April 1, 2023.


Lab and Practicum Progression

The Office of Field Experiences partners with the Education, Development, Teaching and Learning Department to manage placements for lab and practicum courses. We have created a multi-quarter placement progression that allows teacher candidates to be mentored by a variety of teachers throughout their education experience.

Most Elementary Education students will apply for four total placements over the course of their degree. If you relocate to a new location during your program, you will need to submit a new placement request. If you are unsure when to apply for a placement, please contact us at placements@cwu.edu. Although your instructors will be asked to remind you to complete placement applications, you are responsible for requesting placements.

  • Lab I: Intro to the Teaching Profession (ELEM 292) - Placement is arranged by instructor. You do not need to apply for placement in this course.
  • Lab II: Culture and Society (ELEM 392) - Placement is arranged by instructor. You do not need to apply for placement in this course.
  • Practicum I: Instructional Design (ELEM 341) - Placement is arranged by instructor. You do not need to apply for placement in this course.
  • Practicum III: Differentiation (ELEF 493) - No placement will be arranged for this course.
  • Practicum III: Inquiry-Based Learning (ELEM 494) - Apply above
  • Practicum IV: Professional Engagement (ELEF 495) - Apply above
  • Student Teaching (EFC 480) - Apply for Student Teaching
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