These frequently asked questions were compiled from students in EDU 100. If you would like to see your question here, please email our IPED advisor, Mary Jo Gdovin
Clinical Placement Questions
How do the clinical hours work?
Teacher candidates (you) work alongside a professional educator (a teacher) to support student learning at area schools. Depending upon your major, you will serve clinical hours at different developmental or grade levels.
UW-Parkside currently has two license areas: Secondary Education for grades 6-12 (middle and high school) and Elementary Education for grades 1-8. Initial EDU courses require 20 clinical hours per course, which comes out to about two hours a week that you’ll be spending time in a classroom.
How will I get to my placement?
You are required to get yourself to your placement. Most students have a car, but some students use the local bus or catch a ride with a classmate.
Do my placement hours carry over to the next semester if I put in more than what is required?
No, your hours do not carry over into the next semester, but sometimes students will choose to serve more than the required semester clinical hours.
What does the clinical placement involve?
Our Clinical Placement Coordinator, Tracy Hribar
, will set up a time within the first weeks of the semester for what we call “Pairs Training," where you will meet the teacher you’re going to spend time with for the semester. This meeting is a chance for you to share times you’re available and discuss expectations for you in their classroom. You’ll confirm the days and times you’ll be in their classroom during this meeting as well.
What is LiveText and how does it work?
LiveText is a cloud-based program for you to post your clinical placement hours on a weekly basis. You want to use it as a tool to keep track of your clinical hours in the classroom. Our Clinical Placement Coordinator provides training on how to use LiveText.
Why do I need to post weekly in LiveText?
It is an important tool to help you stay on track for completing the EDU clinical placement course requirements. You might have a lot going on in the semester, and it can be easy to forget what you need to do to complete the clinical placement requirements, but not if you establish good habits and post weekly.
Classroom Involvement Questions
What if I don’t end up liking teaching?
Don’t worry, exploring is very important to help you learn what you like or dislike about any degree program. EDU100 is a good class to introduce IPED students to the classroom experience. Working with the IPED advisor, you will find it is very easy to change your major or continue exploring your options.
Time Management Questions
How will I fit 20 hours into my semester schedule?
By learning and utilizing time management skills, you will be able to work these hours into your semester schedule. On average, 20 hours a semester works out to be about two hours per week in the classroom. This doesn’t include your travel time to and from your clinical placement. IPED recommends keeping one or two mornings a week open so you have this time to go to your school placement to help you complete the required clinical hours. The IPED advisor is available to work with you to learn time management skills.
How will I manage more than 20 clinical hours?
Typically students will have completed most of their general education classes and most of their major and/or minor requirements before they have to worry about fulfilling the increased clinical hours. Generally, the clinical hours breakdown like this:
- For 20 hours a semester, you’ll spend around two hours a week in your clinical placement
- For 40 hours a semester, you'll spend around four hours a week
- For 60 hours a semester, you'll spend around six hours a week
You have the opportunity to work out the hours with the teacher and the school you’re paired with at the beginning of the semester in your pairs training meeting. For example, if you have 60 clinical hours to complete, you might work it out to do two three-hour days per week. You will be able to work around your semester class schedule.
How can I maintain the grade point requirement to get an education degree?
- Attend all your classes; when you can’t, try to get the material/notes from the class you missed to help you get caught up and stay on track. Know that you are responsible for anything you may have missed; the professor won’t be ‘catching you up to speed.’
- Be prepared and on time for all your classes
- Read the assigned homework before class and know that all assigned material is fair game to be on a test/quiz, even if it wasn’t discussed in class
- Learn how to read and use the syllabus
- Complete all assignments. Use the syllabus to know what you need to do and when an assignment is due
- Time Management: Use a planner or Outlook calendar to help you keep track of everything. Get in the habit of checking it daily!
- Tests and Quizzes: Know when you have a test/quiz and schedule study time into your planner or Outlook calendar. Typically, you should plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours studying or homework time for every 1 hour you spend in class. Cramming doesn’t work so well in college
- Know how to calculate your GPA – the IPED advisor can help with this!
- Utilize campus resources when you need help (check out Parkside's tutoring website for guidance)
- Use the time between classes to do homework or study
- View college as your full time job, working 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and overtime as needed
- Be comfortable asking for help!
What is the Praxis Core?
The Praxis Core
is required by the DPI (the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction) for any student who hasn’t met the admission requirements. The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests consist of three separate tests:
- Reading Test: The Core Reading test includes sets of questions that require the integration and analysis of multiple documents, as well as some alternate response types, e.g., select-in-passage.
- Writing Test: The Core Writing test assesses both argumentative writing and informative/explanatory writing, and will contain one writing task for each writing type. In addition, multiple-choice questions will be added to address the importance of research strategies and assess strategies for revising and improving text.
- Mathematics Test: The Core Mathematics test includes numeric entry and multiple choice questions, and will also offer an on-screen calculator to help ensure that questions are testing mathematical reasoning by reducing the chance that a candidate’s wrong response comes from a simple arithmetic error.
Praxis Core Test Structure: Praxis Core tests include objective response questions, such as single-selection multiple-choice questions, multiple-selection multiple-choice questions, and numeric entry questions. The Praxis Core Writing test also includes two essay sections. The Praxis Core tests are delivered on computer and may be taken either as three separate tests on separate days or as one combined test. Individual scores will be reported for reading, mathematics and writing on both the individual and the combined tests. If you take the Praxis Core tests separately, each session lasts two hours. If you take the combined test, the entire session lasts five hours. Each session includes time for tutorials and the collection of background information.
The actual testing time and number of questions for each Praxis Core test is shown below:
How hard is the Praxis Core?
- Reading: 56 questions, 85 mins.
- Mathematics: 56 questions, 85 mins. (30% number and quantity; 30% algebra and functions; 20% geometry; 20% statistics and probability)
- Writing (2 sections): 40 questions (40 mins.) and two essays (60 mins.)
The Praxis Core is like any other test, if you study and are well prepared, it shouldn’t be any harder than any other test you’ve taken. IPED has a copy of the Kaplan Praxis Core prep book on reserve in our library for IPED students to use.
How do I know if I need to take the Praxis Core exam?
First, check out the UW-Parkside Teacher Education admission requirements
If you took the ACT and received a composite score of a 23 with minimum score of 20 on English, Math, and Reading and the score is within the previous 10 years, you are exempt from needing to take the Praxis Core.
If you took the SAT and received a minimum score of 510 on Critical Reading, 480 on Writing, and 520 on Math and the score is within the previous 10 years, you are exempt from needing to the take the Praxis Core.
If you took the GRE Revised General Test and received a minimum score of 450 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 540 on Quantitative Reasoning (prior to August 1, 2011) or a minimum score of 150 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 145 on Quantitative Reasoning (after August 1, 2011) AND the score is within the previous 10 years, you are exempt from needing to take the Praxis Core.
When do I need to complete the Praxis Core?
You need to either be in the process, or have successfully completed the Praxis Core in the semester you will be applying for admission to the degree, or before you can start the EDU 300 level credits. Its recommended students try to complete the Praxis Core ASAP, especially if you are fresh out of high school. The testing material may be more familiar to you.
Where do I take the Praxis Core?
UWP students typically go to:
Prometric Testing Center, 19435 West Capital Drive, Brookfield, WI 53405 (262) 373-1270. There are testing sites located in IL as well. You want to make sure you use our school code 1860 so we receive your scores.
CORE Reading: test #5712, passing score: 156
CORE Writing: test #5722, passing score: 162
CORE Math: test #5732, passing score: 150
It is the student's responsibility to schedule and pay for the Praxis Core test.
Advice from IPED students:
“Really work on time management; you’ll need to not only juggle everything in class (reading, writing, clinical hours), but you still have other courses and life to handle as well.”
“Getting to be in the classroom right away gives you a chance to see if it is the career you really want!”
“It is much less difficult being in the teacher mentor program than it is intimidating.”
“Schedule your observations right away!”
“Get to know the classroom that you’re placed in (the students and the surrounding area). Keep in contact often with your mentor teachers and advisor.”
“Stay on track with your classwork and placement time.”
“Post weekly in LiveText.”