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Field Experiences

Field experiences are a critical component of teacher education. At OU, we get you into the field in your very first teacher education course.

In the OU teacher preparation program, students encounter a wide range field placements, including experiences in rural, urban, and suburban schools, and at a variety of grade levels.

Before being allowed into a classroom for a field placement, OU students are legally required to submit the following paperwork to JRCoE:

  • A completed application for a JRCoE background check
  • A signed Field Experience Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • A signed Supplemental Disclaimer form

Undergraduate students: This paperwork was likely completed as part of your application to the College of Education.  If you are unsure whether you have submitted all forms, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Office for assistance (phone: 405.325.2238, email: jrcoe.advising@ou.edu; location: 137 Ellsworth Collings Hall).

Graduate Students Seeking Teacher Certification:  Please contact the Undergraduate Advising Office at your earliest convenience for assistance with these forms (phone: 405.325.2238, email: jrcoe.advising@ou.edu; location: 137 Ellsworth Collings Hall).  Failure to submit these forms in a timely manner may delay your entry into a field experience. 
 

Field Experiences in the TE-PLUS Program

Field experiences are an integral part of the TE-PLUS program.  The program requires all candidates to complete four different developmentally-sequenced field experiences, as described below.  Regardless of major, candidates are required to complete these field experiences in a variety of grade levels and school settings (e.g., urban/suburban/rural; Title I schools)[1].  In addition to these four required field experiences, any instructor can require a field component within his/her class.

General guidelines for field placement:

·       The Field Experience Office or a faculty member coordinates and confirms the field placements (not the candidate).

·       Placement is made in a school district within a 40-mile radius of OU/OU-Tulsa unless otherwise approved by the instructor and/or certification area.

·       Placement cannot be made in a school where the candidate has a close relative working or attending.

·       The first three field experiences must be completed concurrently with the associated course and before the student teaching internship.

·       The field experiences must vary in setting; that is, at least one each in an urban, suburban, and rural school.  At least one field experience should be in a Title I School.

·       The Certification area program coordinator or course instructor may make exceptions to these guidelines.

Level 1 Field Experience

EIPT 3473: Learning, Development, and Assessment for Teachers; Rural Setting

Who Completes This Field Experience?  All education majors are required to take this course and complete the field experience.

What Is the Focus of This Field Experience?  The field experience focuses on teaching, learning and the learner.  Candidates will spend the bulk of their time observing in the classroom and working with individual students and small groups of students.  The field experience allows the candidate to observe and apply concepts, theories and issues discussed in EIPT3473.  Candidates write about how course concepts are applied in their field placement in the field experience paper.  The field experience paper is subsequently placed in the TE-PLUS portfolio.

How Many Clock Hours are Required?  Candidates are required to complete 20 hours of field experience associated with this course.

How Is the Placement Made?  Registration forms are completed by candidates during the first class session of the semester.  Candidates are asked to provide contact information.  They may also make general requests regarding the field experience.  The Field Experiences Office uses this information to contact principals about placing the candidates.  When placements are confirmed, candidates receive an e-mail message with their placement and contact information.  Candidates are typically placed by the fourth week of the semester.

How Is the Field Experience Evaluated?  The field experience evaluation includes three elements.  First, candidates are required to keep a log of the dates and times that they are present in the field placement classroom.  This log is to be signed by the cooperating teacher at the conclusion of each school visit.  The log is used to determine whether candidates have met the requirement of 20 hours in the field placement.  Second, as a requirement of EIPT 3473, candidates must write a field experience paper following provided guidelines.  This paper is graded by the EIPT3473 instructor.  Third, near the end of the semester, the TE-PLUS Assessment Coordinator sends an e-mail message containing a link to a secure on-line survey to cooperating teachers who are hosting our candidates.  Data from cooperating teacher surveys are used to assess candidate professional development as well as program continual improvement.

 

Level 2 Field Experience

EDS 4003: Schools in American Cultures; Urban Setting

Who Completes This Field Experience?  All education majors are required to take this course and complete the field experience.

What Is the Focus of This Field Experience?  This course focuses on the institution of school in American society and social justice issues related to schools and schooling.  The field experience introduces the OU candidate to the whole school from the perspective of an adult, with the candidate’s observations and experiences relating to what he or she has learned in class about the historical, philosophical and sociological context of today’s schools.  Candidates write about how course concepts are applied in their field placement in the field experience paper.  The field experience paper is subsequently placed in the TE-PLUS portfolio.

How Many Clock Hours are Required?  Candidates are required to complete 30 hours of field experience divided among three settings: the classroom, the school (i.e., at the building-level), and the surrounding community.

How Is the Placement Made?  The lead instructor for the EDS4003 program coordinates the placements with Oklahoma City Public Schools.

How Is the Field Experience Evaluated?  The field experience evaluation includes three elements.  First, candidates are required to keep a week by week log of the dates, times, and locations of the field experience hours.   The log is used by the course instructor to determine whether candidates have met the requirement of 30 hours in the field placement, and whether the time included observations in the three required settings: classroom, school, and community.  Second, each placement site keeps a folder for each section of EDS4003 in the main office.  Candidates sign in and out when they visit the school for a school or class visit. Those logs remain at the school and are collected by the EDS4003 instructor at the end of the semester.  Third, as a requirement of EDS4003, candidates must write a field experience paper following provided guidelines.  This paper is graded by the EDS4003 instructor.

 

Level 3 Field Experience

Pre-internship; Suburban Setting

Who Completes This Field Experience?  All education majors are required to complete this field experience.

What Is the Focus of This Field Experience?  These experiences are associated with methods courses, which are designed to teach lesson and unit design and presentation.  Candidates are required to plan lessons under the supervision of a certified teacher and present those lessons to a class of learners.

How Many Clock Hours are Required?  Candidates are required to complete 30 hours of field experience or more depending on their major.  The requirement varies across program areas.

How Is the Placement Made?  Placements are made by each individual program area.

How Is the Field Experience Evaluated?  As a requirement of the associated methods course, candidates must write lesson and/or unit plans following provided guidelines.  They are also required to write associated reflections on their teaching experiences.  These products are graded by the instructor of the methods course.  Additionally, near the end of the semester, the TE-PLUS Assessment Coordinator sends an e-mail message containing a link to a secure on-line survey to cooperating teachers who are hosting our candidates.  Data from cooperating teacher surveys are used to assess candidate professional development as well as program continual improvement.

Program Area

Corresponding Course Number

Early Childhood

EDEC 4123

Elementary

EDLT 4313

Language Arts

EDEN 4913

Mathematics

EDMA 4242

Modern Languages

MLLL 4813

Science Education

EDSC 4513

Social Studies

EDSS 4563

Special Education

EDSP 4890

 

Level 4 Field Experience

Internship; various setting

Who Completes This Field Experience?  All education majors are required to complete this field experience.

What Is the Focus of This Field Experience?  Full time classroom teaching, in preparation for certification and licensure.

How Many Clock Hours are Required?  Interns will be in their assigned classrooms full-time for 16 weeks, or full-time in two different classrooms for 8 weeks each.

How Is the Placement Made?  Placements are made by each individual program area.

How Is the Field Experience Evaluated?  The internship evaluation includes three elements.  First, candidates are enrolled in an associated seminar during the internship semester.  Assignments for this seminar are completed in the internship setting and graded by the seminar instructor.  Second, all candidates are assessed with two different performance rubrics at mid-semester and again at the end of the semester.  One of these performance rubrics is a required assessment for national recognition by the relevant Specialized Professional Association (SPA).  The other is a required assessment for national recognition by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  Third, near the end of the semester, the TE-PLUS Assessment Coordinator sends an e-mail message containing a link to a secure on-line survey to cooperating teachers who are hosting our candidates.  Data from cooperating teacher surveys are used to assess candidate professional development as well as program continual improvement.


[1] The Early Childhood Education program on the OU-Tulsa campus is built around an emphasis on serving urban communities.  Candidates at OU-Tulsa experience a variety of field experience placements while in the program, but the most common setting is an urban one.