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Early Childhood/Elementary Education Field Experiences


  • Shadow Day. Shadow Day is an observation experience in an early childhood public school setting.
  • Developmental case study. Observation of a child (birth to 8 years old) and written paper for a developmental case study.
  • Physical education lessons. Candidates observe, plan, and teach physical education lessons to 2- to 4-year old children
  • Urban/Diversity experience. Candidates participate in a directed observation that includes a desciption of the experience, connections to theory, and impact on candidates' views of teaching in urban settings.
  • Diverse populations. Candidates participate with at least two diverse populations of children and write a reflective essay.

Phase I

  • Guided fieldwork. Candidates observe and teach in a Head Start or early childhood eduational center. They complete an extensive field analysis project in which they analyze the physical, human, and curricular environment.
  • Literacy activities. Candidates participate in observation/participation activities in Head Start.

Phase II

  • Assistantship. Candidates are placed in pairs in an elementary setting in which they plan and teach lessons in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. They make contacts with parents and learn about the local community.
  • Beginning of School Year experience. Candidates observe and participate in working two full days with teachers prior to the opening of school and two days with children on their first days of schools.
  • Internship I. For 30 days candidates observe and collaborate with their mentor teachers and gradually perform all teaching responsibilities. The internship is spent in either a PK/K classroom or a primary grade classroom.

Phase III

  • Internship II. For 70 days candidates observe and assume the role of the classroom teacher, creating and teaching 5 - 10 day units and teaching at least one lesson in each of the content areas of mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science.