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Following the submission of a Field Experience Request Form, the specified school district is contacted. Each school district has a designated contact person with whom we work.

The contact person makes the necessary arrangements for field placement through school personnel and notifies VOSS of approval or denial of the request. VOSS, in turn, informs the instructor or candidate of the status of his/her request.

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Candidates apply for individual placements by submitting a Field Experience Request Form which is distributed by the Instructor of Record of a course. Instructors initiate group requests by submitting a form to Debbie Dotson (304 White Hall) regarding the field experience course requirements and placement criteria. Please allow at least 2-3 weeks for processing and confirmation from schools.

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Field experiences (integrated with teacher education courses) provide teacher candidates with opportunities to observe and/or participate in a variety of diverse educational settings prior to student teaching. Placements for field experiences are developed from course objectives within the College of Education, Health, and Human Services curriculum. Candidates must complete established clock hours of field/clinical experiences before they are eligible to student teach.

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All coursework, GPA, dispositional standards, and other criteria as specified by program area and college need to be successfully met prior to the final student teaching semester. See faculty advisors and/or academic advisors in the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, for clarification.

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For most candidates, completing the "application" for Student Teaching should be done approximately one calendar year in advance (2-3 semesters) of when you anticipate your eligibility for participating in your Student Teaching experience. You are not expected to have completed all of the pre-requisite requirements at the time of your application. However, you should monitor your course pathway with your advisor, and make sure that all your course requirements are on-track.

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All day, each and every school day and more! If you discuss the time commitment with your peers who are presently student teaching, you will discover that student teaching involves teaching a full school day and then working evenings and weekends to plan, reflect, and prepare.

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Student teaching is considered the culminating experience in a candidate's teacher education program. Candidates are provided opportunities to observe teachers, to apply educational theory, to demonstrate their disposition for teaching and to practice the knowledge and skills deemed essential for effective, professional practice within a supportive learning environment for all children.

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