Office of Partnerships, Professional Experiences, & Outreach
Field experiences are the application side of preparation for teacher certification. Teacher candidates advance through three levels of field experiences, each becoming more intense. Field experiences provide actual settings in which to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn.
“All” implies the possibility of diverse learning needs. Such needs may surface with (a) students having exceptionalities; (b) students from varying geographical areas, ethnicities, races, religions or socioeconomic status; or (c) students with gender, sexual orientation, and linguistic differences. Shippensburg University Standards for Those Preparing to Teach, Lead, or Counsel in Public Schools includes the following expected outcomes:
- Knowledge: Teacher candidates demonstrate an understanding of the differences in how students learn and know how to accommodate diverse learning needs.
- Skills: Teacher candidates accommodate diverse learning needs through informed decision-making that supports academic success for all students.
- Dispositions: Teacher candidates show respect for the diverse needs and talents of all learners and demonstrate a commitment to helping them develop self-efficacy and achieve academic success.
Field experiences, too, are diverse. Interaction with students in a variety of settings helps teacher candidates confront issues of diversity that affect teaching and student learning. Strengthening teacher effectiveness in all contexts and with all students is the intended outcome.
- Required Clearances for Education Field Experiences
- Process for Submitting Education Clearances
- Clearance Submission Cover Sheet
- Act 24 and Act 82 Arrest and Conviction Report Form
- Act 34 - Pennsylvania Criminal History Background Check - PowerPoint Step-by-Step Directions
- Act 114 - FBI Clearance - PowerPoint Step-by-Step Directions
- Act 151 - Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance - PowerPoint Step-by-Step Directions
- National Sex Offender Registry Clearance
- Child Care Staff Health Assessment Form - ECH 415 or ESC 415
- PDE Basic Skills Requirements
- PDE Certification Testing Requirements and Passing Scores
- Certification Example Video - for TIMS Certification
- Field Experiences - Stage I
- Field Experiences - Stage II
- Field Experiences - Stage III
- Clearance Information
- Required Testing for Teacher Certification
- Request for Registering for 12 or More Credits
- Request for Registering over 8 Credits
- Student Teaching Calendar