Welcome to the Office of Field Experiences. Our office arranges placement opportunities
for WCU teacher education students to complete course assignments in public schools.
We administer the application process, criminal background check reporting, time logs,
diversity experiences and university supervision of internships/student teaching.
We update the Internship/Student Teaching Handbook and work with WCU and P-12 faculty
and administrators to resolve placement issues.
|ALL Early Field Experience Placement Applications OPEN||Monday, January 9th|
|ALL EFX Applications DUE||Friday, January 27th|
|Fall 2017 Internship Applications DUE||Friday, February 17th|
|Block Applications OPEN||Monday, February 20th|
|Block Applications DUE||Friday, March 24th|
|Early Field Experience Time Sheets Need to be Approved by Host Teacher||Friday, April 21st|
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 Tk20. It is the candidate's responsibility to attend to due dates and to check catamount email regularly for placement notifications, updates and announcements.
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.
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.
Internship is a two-semester experience. 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.
The College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University subscribes to a definition of diversity inclusive of the following attributes: age, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, geographic region, giftedness, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and school performance. WCU candidates should experience a range of school settings and interact with a variety of students. Candidates who have not been placed in a diverse setting prior to the Internship experience will be placed in a diverse setting for Internship (as allowable). If a diverse placement in a public-school setting cannot be arranged, candidates will be allowed to complete an experience of at least 15 hours (one hour per week across a full semester) with an after-school or community program that provides academic services in a structured environment for diverse students. Diverse experiences are approved by the Office of Field Experiences. The following factors are used to determine the diversity of a school setting.
In order to ensure that candidates experience a range of school settings and interact with a variety of students, the following attributes must be met in one or more placements over the course of the teacher education program.
Required: Placement in a diverse setting with student populations of color greater than or equal to 20%.
In addition, the following attributes must also be met upon completion of internship:
Either: 5% or more of the student population identified as ELs Or 60% or more of the student population identified as low SES
One of the following: Low-performing school Or Urban or suburban school setting Or Alternative Class Type (e.g., early college, charter, AIG, child care center)
Candidate A – Elementary Education – diverse placement requirement met with the following:
• EDCI 201 Placement – Vance Elementary (Asheville City Schools) - suburban school with an EL population greater than 5%
• Block Placement – Cherokee Central Elementary (Cherokee Central) - rural school with a student population of color greater than 20%
Candidate B – English Education - diverse placement requirement met with the following:
• Internship Placement – Asheville High School (Asheville City Schools) – suburban school AND student population of color greater than 20% AND student population greater than 60% identified as low SES
Candidate C – Middle Grades Education - diverse placement requirement met with the
• Block placement – Shining Rock Charter School
• Internship Placement – Smokey Mountain Elementary School - rural school with a student population of color greater than 20% AND student population greater than 60% identified as low SES AND [currently identified as] a low performing school
Candidate D – Music OR Math Education - diverse placement requirement met with the
• EDCI 201 Placement – Franklin High School (Macon County Schools) – [most of the time] no criteria met
• Internship Placement – Smoky Mountain High School (Jackson County Schools) – [most of the time] no criteria met
• Additional Diverse Placement – 15 hours with LEAP - EL population of 100% AND student population greater than 60% identified as low SES AND 100% of student population is of color AND most students are not performing at grade level
For Elementary, Middle Grades, & Inclusive Education students.
For our “Block” placement, students are required to be with their host teacher one day per week (or 8 hours if their class schedule requires that they split between 2 days) over 10 weeks for observation. During their time with the host teacher they will be conducting observations, assisting the teacher, and teaching several mini-lessons.
More detailed explanation of requirements and expectations are provided by the course instructor(s).
Specific Licensure Program Information - Contact programs directly for more information
The university supervisor is responsible for communicating university expectations to the WCU student and cooperating teacher. The university supervisor supports the development of the student by observing, providing feedback, and maintaining open communication with the student, cooperating teacher, academic supervisor, liaison, principal, and Director of Field Experiences as needed.
University supervisors generally visit students three times during Internship I and five times during Internship II or student teaching. When considered necessary, additional visits must be preapproved by the Director of Field Experiences.
For distance and online candidates, these observations are conducted via the streaming of live video or other technology-mediated instruction from the placement site while the intern is engaged in teaching. Interactions between the university supervisor and the cooperating teacher are accomplished via telephone, email, and/or video conference.
Travel Reimbursement Template (submitted monthly)
If you are interested in supervising interns or student teachers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.