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Norfolk State University Preschool Academy provides field and clinical based, practicum and intern experiences to senior-level students. The program also provides observation and participation experiences for students enrolled in Early Childhood, Elementary,  Special Education, and other departments. The students must complete all forms required by the Office of Clinical Experiences and Student Services and receive approval before participating at the Preschool Academy. Students in other discipline areas must complete the required intern and participation hours per their course guidelines. 

The program aims to provide a high standard of learning and teaching experience for students and enhance their professional growth.

Practicum Students

Practicum students will receive an initial program and classroom-related orientation from the program director of the Preschool Academy.

Observation Level I and Observation/Participation Level II students:

Students enrolled in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education courses are required to complete observation and observation/participation hours. Students will have an opportunity to observe effective teaching strategies, classroom management skills, teacher-child interactions, and technology used in the classroom.

Observation Level I students must complete 10 hours of observation hours. Level II students must complete 20 hours of observation/participation hours and plan and implement one classroom lesson. All observation students must contact the Preschool Academy's office within three days to schedule the observation hours once they receive confirmation from the Center for the Professional Development office.

Work-Study StudentS

Students must receive a Federal Work-Study Award for employment at the Preschool Academy. Work-study students will perform as Teacher’s Aid to assist administrator, teachers, and children. Work-study students must submit all required forms, complete orientation, and receive Work-Study office's work contract before working at the Preschool Academy. Students can work up to 20 hours per week until they have completed hours for the award amount for each semester.

Student Handbook

All students must read the Student Handbook and agree to adhere to the Preschool Academy's policies and procedures. All students are required to receive orientation prior to their participation at the Preschool Academy.

Preschool Academy Forms for ECE Practicum and Work-Study Students