As Division III athletes we have the opportunity to be involved in many activities off the field. We are students first, athletes second, and have the ability to become involved in other extracurricular activities that can be beneficial to our futures. We are able to pursue our career paths in the classroom while also playing the sport that we love. Randolph College offers an exceptional teaching program. One thing Randolph takes great pride in is its practicum experience for its teaching candidates at the elementary, middle and high school levels. A practicum is essentially working as a student teacher in a public school classroom. As a teaching candidate, you have the ability to be enrolled in field experiences every semester of your college career.
Practicum classes allow us to become involved in the community. For several hours, at least one day a week we are working with students from the area and getting college credit for our work. We get to know students on a personal level while practicing our teaching skills. This allows us to gain a better connection with the Lynchburg community. We are able to build relationships with the students, which enables us to talk to them outside the classroom when we see them on campus, at the store, or in a restaurant.
|Addie Moore '17 reading during practicum classroom experience|
Randolph’s practicum program provides us with hands on experience in the profession we hope to pursue. We are able to observe expert teachers in a classroom setting, create lesson plans, and be critiqued by a faculty advisor when we work with students. The experience is invaluable because it gives us a window into the occupation we hope to someday have. Practicum teachers have the chance to work independently with students as well as in small groups and whole group instruction under the supervision of a Lynchburg City teacher. We are able to build relationships with teachers and administrators in the Lynchburg School system. Initially, just a class we have to register for, a practicum can easily become a networking tool that will help us obtain jobs later on as a result of the connections made. We become close with our practicum teachers and sit in on faculty meetings with administrators and school officials. The practicum mentors have even been known to advocate on college students’ behalf for teaching positions.
Another facet of the Randolph Teaching Program is its one year Masters program. The program takes place after your four years undergraduate studies at Randolph. The Graduate program is on a May to May schedule with intense classes in order to complete all of the course work in that time frame. Upon completion students can obtain a graduate degree in curriculum and instruction. Many teaching candidates choose to take this path to make them selves more marketable and multiple Randolph Lacrosse players have completed or plan to be enrolled in this wonderful program. The Master’s program accommodates teachers hoping to pursue licenses in both elementary and secondary education as well as special education. Practicum classes prepare students for the full semester intern teaching experience they will be required to participate in during the Masters program.
We are very fortunate to have such a vast array of opportunities available to us at Randolph College. Lacrosse is our passion but we have the ability to become scholars actively involved in our subject matter. The Education Department practicum classes is just one of many examples of the endless possibilities Randolph has to offer in addition to sports.
Written By: Carrie McCane ’16 and Addy Moore ’17 **Carrie McCane ’16 is studying Elementary Education with an endorsement in Social Studies and Addy Moore ’17 is studying Curricular Studies with an endorsement in Math**