The field experience requirements are intended to help students become familiar with the classroom setting and make connections between their coursework and the world of the classroom. Within that framework, the requirements are very liberal. For suggested activities, please see the list below.
For each course, the faculty will determine how best to implement the field experience requirement and incorporate it into the course syllabus and course assignments. Most appropriate are activities that will supplement course requirements and content.
NOTE TO FACULTY: Passing grades will not be given to students unless the hours of field experience required for the particular course have been completed. When a passing grade has been submitted for a student, that student is considered to have completed the field experience hours.
The Field Experience Log form will be filled out and signed by the responsible faculty member. It will be accompanied by appropriate documentation of the field experience activity, in a form to be determined by the faculty member. (For example: observation report, student log, action research report, interview report, minutes of meetings attended etc.)
As far as possible, Field Experience requirements should be integrated into the course syllabus. They should be closely related to the course objectives and assignments.
Students who are engaged in classroom teaching, substitute teaching, or as a classroom aide, or are otherwise employed in the schools, do not automatically satisfy the field experience requirement by virtue of that employment. They may, instead, engage in and report on action research, tutoring, interviewing or other activities with those students at the appropriate grade levels. The same is true of students who spend time with children because they have regular baby-sitting, tutoring or nanny jobs, or children of their own. Caring for or tutoring a child in itself does not qualify for field experience. The work with children must involve a more formal activity culminating in a report.
Some students have full-time jobs that are not related to education. Finding time for field experience will be a special concern for these students. Many of the suggested activities may be carried out after school and on weekends. Students may, however, have to make carefully planned use of vacation and/or personal days to complete some of the required activities.
In addition to observation and participation in the classroom, field experience opportunities may include but are not limited to the following. They should be closely related to the course objectives.
- Tutoring a student in school work
- Interviewing a student, teacher, or administrator in a school
- Case study involving one or more students and/or teachers
- Participation in extra-curricular school activities
- Volunteer activity in school during the school day or after school
- Mentoring students
- Participating in science fairs or other school events
- Attending PTA meetings
- Attending Board of Education meetings
- Working with children's after school activities
- Scout leadership
- Teaching music or art lessons
- Coaching a sport
- Work in support of a school through an established project such as: