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 office of licensure and field placement (OLFP) office 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 another setting that meets state and national standards for appropriate practica. Practicum candidates have completed all program requirements; including coursework, pre-practicum field experiences, and 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 clock 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

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 are available online or in the OLFP Practicum Placement Policy [PDF] (please read and review)

 Fall 2014 Important Academic Advising Information

  • Deadline for application for a fall 2014 practicum is April 30, 2014 for undergraduate programs and May 15, 2014 for graduate programs. Practicum applications will not be accepted after the due date. This policy is strictly enforced and is due to school district site requirements for CORI and classroom placement. Please submit your practicum application as early as possible.
  • Applications are accepted pending the May 2, 2014 (paper-based) or May 24, 2014 (computer-based) Test MTEL only. All score reporting must be received by June 13, 2014 for fall placement. Please be aware of  the restrictions and limitations associated with retaking the computer-based Test MTEL and plan accordingly. We regret that summer or after score reporting deadline testing is not allowed. Answers to many of your MTEL questions can be found here.

Q and A Sessions Announcement:

Practicum application informational question and answer sessions are held every spring and fall. Please come to an information session and get your questions answered. Don't put it off! 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.

Our next practicum information sessions are scheduled for:

  • Monday, March 17 at 11AM, Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room
  • Thursday, March 20 at 4PM, Ellison Campus Center, Veteran's Hall
  • Tuesday,  March 25 3pm, Ellison Campus Center, Veteran's Hall

All practicum applications require you to provide your MEPID number. MEPID stands for "Massachusetts Education Personnel Identifier" If you do not have or know your MEPID number please obtain the information from your DESE ELAR (Educator Licensure and Recruitment) 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 (6) credits toward the reduction of undergraduate student teaching and three (3) 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

Practicum Evaluation Forms

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