A significant number of opportunities for field experience are built into the Childhood/Early Childhood programs. All candidates in these programs will complete a MINIMUM of 100 hours of observation in classroom and/or child care-giving settings BEFORE student teaching.
(check catalog for course description)
|Hours of Fieldwork|
|Early Childhood||ECE 270||15|
|Childhood / Early Childhood||EDU 379||50|
|MST in Childhood||EDU 510/512||30|
Course instructors coordinate the collection of Student Data Sheets the Field Placement Office uses to secure placements in appropriate classrooms. Placements are made in a variety of ways, including the Field Placement Fair and calls to individual school districts. Under no circumstances is a student to approach a principal of school administrator without prior approval from the Field Placement Office. The majority of placements are made by the end of the fifth week of public schools opening in the fall or the start of the college semester in the spring.
Course curricula indicate the assignments students are expected to complete in association with their fieldwork placements. General expectations for teacher candidates are included in the Pre-Student Teaching Handbook.
Students are required to obtain host teacher signatures to document their field experiences using the 100 Hour Log Sheet. Course instructors collect the log sheets from students and document the completion of the required hours and the associated criteria using the 100 Hour Tally Sheet provided to them by the Field Placement Office. Completed log sheets are kept in individual student's folders. It is highly recommended that students retain copies of completed log sheets for their own records.