The OFE arranges opportunities for teacher licensure candidates to experience public school classrooms in a variety of grade levels and school settings. Candidates reflect on teaching and learning as they observe, assist, tutor or plan and teach lessons. The required activities associated with these experiences are assigned and evaluated by course instructors. Applications for each field experience are submitted online through TaskStream. It is the candidate's responsibility to attend to due dates and to check catamount email regularly for placement notifications, updates and announcements.
Types and Expectations of Experiences:
Early Field Experiences generally involve focused observation, interviews and assisting the classroom teacher. Courses requiring these experiences include EDCI 201, PSY 323, SPED 339, elementary and middle grades methods courses, and EDCI 617. Methods courses may also require that candidates plan and implement lessons. Candidates are required to document from 5 to 24 hours in the classroom depending on the course.
- Applications for early field experiences open the first day of each semester.
- EDCI 201, PSY 323 and SPED 339 require a contract and time sheet which are to be submitted to the TaskStream in the "Professional Education Sequence Portfolio" under "Contracts & Timesheets". Documentation of field experiences for other courses is at the discretion of the individual course instructor.
The "Block" Practicum Experience for students taking either ELMG 390 or EDMG 411 in the elementary, middle grades, and inclusive education programs and is generally completed the semester prior to Internship. This experience requires candidates to plan and implement several lessons and work in the classroom one day per week (or two half days) for 10 weeks.
- Applications for the "Block" practicum experience open at registration the preceding semester.
- Placement information is generally given to the students around the second week of the semester by the Block course instructor.
Forms for Block Placement:
- Videotaping Permission Form for Early Field Experiences & Block - please distribute and collect these from students within the first two weeks in Block placement.
Internship/Student Teaching is a one or two-semester experience depending on the licensure program. Candidates gradually assume the responsibilities of the classroom teacher for planning, implementing and assessing lessons, managing student behavior and carrying out non-instructional duties. The goal is for candidates to develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary for successful teaching. Internship I is three half days for HPE majors and two full days for all other majors. Internship II/Student Teaching is 40 hours per week following the host school calendar and continuing through the end of the WCU semester. For undergraduates, no additional classes can be taken during the final semester without prior approval. Internship/student teaching applications open the first day of the preceding semester and close the 2nd Friday of September or February as applicable. An online Clinical Practice Handbook is available with detailed expectations and is updated each summer for the following academic year.
- Health Certificate Form (PDF) - Required for all Internship applicants to complete and submit to TaskStream prior to FIRST school visit.