Students complete a variety of field experiences in their licensure and endorsement area. These observational and participatory field experiences range from 10-20 hours per course and are taken concurrently with a specific education course. Candidates must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program prior to taking any 300-level field experience. All candidates will have spent more than 150 hours in PreK-12 classrooms prior to their semester of student teaching.
The practicum is a three-week, full-day placement taken immediately before student teaching. Candidates teach in a grade-level range different from their student teaching placement, but within their range of licensure. They teach a minimum of two lessons, participate in all professional activities of their classroom cooperating teacher and engage in reflective seminars back on campus or online.
The student teaching placement is a semester-long final field experience involving instructional planning, observation and teaching. Candidates are supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a College supervisor. During the placement, they are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom and to engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community.