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Field Experiences

Students will complete a variety of field experiences, which are taken concurrently with education courses. These observational and participatory field experiences range from 10-20 hours per experience and are done in a candidate’s licensure and certification area. Candidates must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program prior to taking any 300-level field experience. All candidates will have been in PreK-12 classrooms in excess of 150 hours prior to their 15-week student teaching experience.

Practicum

Three-week, full-day, field practicum taken immediately before student teaching. Candidates teach in a grade-level range different from their student teaching placement, but within their range of licensure and certification. Candidates teach a minimum of two times, participate in all professional activities of their classroom cooperating teacher and engage in reflective seminars back on campus or through online delivery.

Student Teaching

Fifteen-week final field experience involving instructional planning, observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Candidates are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community.