Initial licensure for undergraduate and graduate programs typically culminate in a full-time field practicum. The practicum is a full-time teaching experience of at least 300 hours in the role of the license sought, supported by a cooperating practitioner and a Salem State supervisor.

The lead faculty for school and community partnerships is responsible for working with program coordinators and students to optimize a student's placement in a practicum. Student teaching practica can be completed in one of our four laboratory schools or in a partner school that meets state and national standards for appropriate practica. Practicum candidates have completed all program requirements including coursework, pre-practicum field experiences, MTEL tests, meet the grade point average requirement, and have been recommended for the practicum by their program coordinators.

General Practicum Requirements  

  • Matriculation into an undergraduate initial licensure program with a major in one of the disciplines required by the program, or into an approved post-baccalaureate/graduate initial licensure program 
  • Passing score on the communication and literacy portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • Passing score on all appropriate MTEL subject matter test(s) for the license sought
  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses
  • Minimum of 75 hours of field-based experiences prior to the practicum
  • 2.75 or better cumulative grade point average
  • 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average in the major(s)
  • Faculty/program coordinator recommendation for admission to student teaching
  • Fingerprinting Requirement 

No exceptions are made to this policy. Students who have not passed all relevant MTEL tests will not be allowed to enter into a practicum. There are many resources on campus to assist you in preparing for the MTEL, including the MTEL Test Prep Center  which offers study materials and diagnostic testing to help you prepare.

Practicum Applications will be available by the end of September. Please review the Practicum Placement Policy [PDF].

 Important Academic Advising Information

  • Deadline for application for Spring 2016 is October 30, 2015.  
  • Practicum applications cannot be accepted after the due date. This policy is strictly enforced and is due to school district requirements of CORI, fingerprinting, and classroom placement. Please submit your practicum application as soon as possible.
  • Applications are accepted with pending MTEL Score Reporting no later than November 13, 2015.  Please see the 2015-2016 MTEL Test Schedule with testing deadlines for detailed information.
  • Answers to many of your MTEL questions can be found here.


Q and A Sessions

Practicum application informational question and answer sessions are held every spring and fall. Please come to an information session and get your questions answered. The sessions are very informative and held so that you understand the expectations and the procedures. We want you to succeed and to be prepared.

All practicum applications require you to provide your Massachusetts Education Personnel Identifier (MEPID). If you do not have or know your MEPID number please obtain the information from your Educator Licensure and Recruitment (ELAR) account profile or create your MEPID number here.

Practicum Application Attachments 

Reduction in Student Teaching (KWaiver)

Reduction in student teaching applications can be found here. Reduction applications and portfolios must be submitted with the practicum application on the due date.

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to submit a portfolio for a reduction in student teaching:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above, GPA in major of 3.0 or above
  • Pass all appropriate portions of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • Have had at least two full years of teaching experience

The student teaching/practicum requirement cannot be reduced beyond one-half of the requirement set forth by the Regulations for Educator Licensure by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Therefore, students will receive no more than six credits toward the reduction of undergraduate student teaching and three credits toward the reduction of graduate practica. All students must attend the practicum seminar for the full semester.


Practicum policies and requirements are contained in the student teaching, educational leadership and guidance counseling handbooks and are listed below. In order to ensure endorsement for licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, all parties (practicum student, cooperating practitioner and faculty supervisor) must complete the necessary paperwork outlined on this page.

Practicum Handbooks

Please Note: These are in the process of being updated. Please check back.

Practicum Evaluation Forms

The university supervisor is responsible for distribution and return of forms to the licensure and field placement office.