Field Experiences - Stage II
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 include 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.
Level II field experiences occur during junior and/or senior years in conjunction with methods and strategies courses.
Settings and Activities
Teacher candidates are assigned to school district classrooms to engage in work required by the strategies and methods courses. This field experience will be monitored by the faculty who teach the companion methods/strategies courses. Teacher candidates are often re-assigned to the same Level II placements for the semester-long Level III Field Experience (Student Teaching) which follows. Exceptions: Early childhood majors have additional placements in pre-school settings and community service agencies.
Number of Hours of Experience
The required number is determined by each certification program. Discuss with your academic advisor.
- Prior to beginning Level II Field Experiences, you must apply for Professional Standing. For more information, read “ Questions Frequently Asked” in the Office of Field Services Handbook.
- Clearances Schools, agencies and organizations require background and TB clearances.
Documentation of Field Experience Hours
Hours are documented by methods/strategies course instructors and course grades.