Fieldwork and Student Teaching
In the first semester of the sophomore year, Childhood Education students are assigned to do fieldwork for one half-day per week in a local public elementary school. Fieldwork is limited to observation of good teaching, with course assignments in TCH 201 linked to the public school fieldwork. Once candidates have progressed to the Teach phase of the program, they are assigned to a specific elementary school, called the Center for Professional Development (CPD), where they will remain throughout the completion of the B.A. degree, and sometimes the MSEd, if they opt for the combined degree program. As candidates progress through the program, they spend an increasing amount of time each semester in their CPD, culminating in a full-time student teaching experience at the end of their program.
All candidates must successfully complete a portfolio as part of the teacher preparation program. The portfolio requirements will be introduced to candidates early in the program, and the portfolio itself will be due prior to graduation.