Undergraduate Field Experiences
Teacher education students complete a variety of field experiences in conjunction with coursework. Field experiences range from tutoring students in EDUC 3003 Introduction to Teaching to observing special education students in SPED 3103 to student teaching. Field experiences must be completed in a variety of diverse settings. All field placements are initiated during classes and are assigned through the Field Experiences Office.
A list of courses with the required number of field hours along with a description of the field experience can be found in the Teacher Education Undergraduate Handbook.
Beginning in spring 2014, all undergraduate candidates must pass an initial background check during EDUC 3003: Introduction to Teaching, prior to beginning the required field experience for that class. All undergraduate candidates must pass a re-check prior to EDUC 4313: Practicum in Assessment and Instruction or after two years has elapsed, whichever comes first. Should a candidate reach the re-check point prior to EDUC 4313, the candidate will be allowed to use their re-check for EDUC 4313 provided that re-check occurred within the same academic year. In the event that a candidate is enrolled in the teacher education program for more than four years, additional re-checks will be required.
Candidates who hold full-time jobs in accredited schools can submit a School Employment Verification Form in lieu of a background check. The Verification form is good for the academic year.
Mentor Training Presentation
If you are a student teaching mentor and had to miss training, this presentation should help you with policies and procedures until you meet with your university supervisor.