Norfolk State University Child Development Lab provides field and clinical based, practicum and intern experiences to senior level students. The program also provides observation and participation experiences to students enrolled in Early Childhood/Elementary and Special Education and other departments. The students must complete all forms required by the Center for the Professional Development office and receive approval prior to participating at the Child Development Lab. Students in other discipline areas complete required intern or participation hours in accordance with their course guidelines. All Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education students must complete required forms by the Center for the Professional Development office to receive the placement at the Child Development Lab.

It is the program’s goal to provide high standard learning and teaching experience for students and enhance their professional growth.

Practicum Students:

Practicum students receive initial program and classroom related orientation from the administrator of the CDL program.

Observation Level I and Observation/Participation Level II students:

Students who are 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 use of technology 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 must plan and implement one lesson in the classroom. All observation students must contact the CDL 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 Federal Work Study award for employment in the Child Development Lab. Work study students will perform as Teacher’s Aid to assist administrator, teachers and children. Work study students must submit all required forms by the Work Study office and receive the work contract from the Work Study office prior to work at the CDL. Students can work up to 20 hours per week until they have completed hours for the award amount for each semester.

  • Work-Study forms

Student Handbook

All students must read the Student Handbook and agree to adhere to the CDL program’s policies and procedures. Students are required to receive orientation prior to their participation at the CDL.