Early Field Experiences

What is early field experience?

Field experiences involve activities done outside of class time to enhance the content being taught in that course.   It can include observing in a classroom setting, tutoring students, reading to students, attending a school board meeting, interviewing teachers, volunteering in a community agency such as a Boys and Girls Club, or working with special needs children in a supervised setting.  Field experiences also include Internship I and Internship II.  If a course has a required field experience component, it will be listed clearly in the course syllabus.

What’s the purpose of field experience?

Field experiences are designed to deliberately expand and challenge personal and professional attitudes while providing personal and professional growth opportunities for prospective teachers.  Observation and first-hand experience within community agencies and P-12 settings provide prospective teachers with information and tools that complement classroom study and assist in the development of pedagogical skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary for effective teaching.

Resources

Early Field Handbook

Background Checks

Early Field Experience Attendance and Evaluation Form

Internship I Attendance and Evaluation Form

Internship I Absence Form

ELL Field Experience for Internship I