Middle Childhood Education field experiences begin in the sophomore year with Block I (Field Experience I) in which students are placed in the Akron Public Schools to tutor individuals or small groups of students in settings with a diversity of students (varying by ethnicity, race, religion, ability, socio-economics and special needs). School mentors complete written evaluations used to determine student entrance into advanced study in MCED.
Students complete a semester long field experience in grades 4-5. Mentors observe, team teach with, and evaluate MCED students. Mentors also function as guest speakers on topics such as teaching special needs students, discipline in the classroom, etc.
Students complete a semester long field experience in selected local districts. Teachers act as mentors and also guest speakers in MCED classes.
- Interviews for Admission to Advanced Study: Teachers from local schools, who are also doctoral students, participate in interviewing applicants for admission to advanced study in MCED.
- Mentor teachers are solicited from students in the graduate courses in MCED.
- Grants Received: A PT3 grant provides professional development for MCED university-based and school-based faculty in developing WebQuests.
- Graduate courses: Guest speakers from local schools/districts present on topics such as teacher leadership, scheduling, advisory programs, etc.
- MCED teacher candidates plan a family math and English/Language Arts night
MCED faculty provide professional development for our field experience sites in areas such as literacy, preparation for proficiency, instructional technology, and mathematics.