Practicum Students, Staff

Student practicum experience

Practicum students are assigned to teachers throughout the semester to participate, observe, and interact with Lab School children. Each practicum student will have the opportunity to practice assessing, planning, and implementing individualized activities with each child in order to meet individual needs.

In this way practicum students learn from exceptional teachers who are also skilled at providing constructive feedback and modeling. Practicum students experience continuity and primary care-giving models that are rarely used in other settings due to high staff turnover. Students develop effective skills in behavior management and guidance, and they directly relate course content to their interactions with the children.

Practicum students typically come from the following ISU programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Child, Adult, and Family Services
  • Other programs in the Human Development and Family Studies department

Student employees

The Lab School hires ISU undergraduate students as childcare assistants to the licensed teachers.