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Elementary Education Field Experiences

Pre-Phase

  • Shadow Day. Prior to acceptance into the Elementary program, prospective candidates complete a 6 hour “Shadow Day” experience in which each student visits an elementary or middle school classroom and “shadows” the teacher for the day.
  • Diversity Experience. Prospective candidates complete a 6 hour “Diversity Experience”, which involves travel to a neighboring county for observation and interaction in a more urban elementary school setting.

Phase I

  • Early childhood setting. Elementary students complete a total of 20 hours in an early childhood setting. In this experience, candidates complete a variety of observational and interactive literacy activities with students. 
  • Students with special needs. Candidates also document observational evidence for working with students with special needs.

Phase II

  • Assistantship. The Assistantship experience is completed during the Block I semester. During this field experience, candidates complete 15 days for a total of 90 hours in the classroom, working with a partner and their mentor teacher. Candidates are expected to observe and collaborate with their partner and the mentor teacher in the design and teaching of a week-long instructional module. Candidates will also be expected to design and teach several content lessons.
  • Internship I. The internship I experience is completed during the Block II semester. Candidates complete a 6 week internship in a PDS school, working with an assigned mentor teacher and university supervisor, for a minimum of 30 days/ 180 hours. Prior to the internship, candidates make a pre-practice visit to the school and complete an induction experience (Fall) or several preparation days (Spring). Candidates are expected to observe and collaborate with the Mentor Teacher, gradually performing all professional and teaching responsibilities in the classroom, culminating in 5 full days of planning and teaching, 3 of which must be consecutive.

Phase III

  • Internship II. The Internship II experience is completed in the final semester of the program. Candidates complete a 14 week internship in a PDS school, working with an assigned mentor teacher and university supervisor for a minimum of 70 days/420 hours. Prior to the internship, candidates make a pre-practice visit to the school and complete an induction experience (Fall). Candidates are expected to observe and collaborate with the Mentor Teacher, gradually performing all professional and teaching responsibilities in the classroom for minimum of 10 full days of planning and teaching. Candidates also develop and teach a 10 day or two 5 day units.