Secondary/Subject Area

Field Study II

This field study experience is part of the discipline-specific Professional Preparation with Field Study II course. This course is equivalent to two courses and is billed as two courses. It meets on campus seven hours per week. Students also spend 6 hours per week in a non-charter public school class appropriate for the license sought, for a minimum total of 72 hours over the course of the semester. Students receive assignments in the Professional Preparation course to carry out at the field study site.

This course is offered during the fall semester only. Applications must be hand-delivered to the Education Department office in Dwight Hall 302 no later than February 15.
Secondary/Subject Area Field Study II Fall Application Packet

Student Teaching

The student teaching practicum is a full-time full-semester experience in a non-charter public school license-appropriate classroom. The student teacher is assigned to a classroom teacher who will serve as the Supervising Practitioner. The Supervising Practitioner must meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's requirements in order to serve in this capacity. Students are also supervised by a Program Supervisor, a FSU faculty member who visits the student in his or her classroom on a regular basis. The supervising practitioner and FSU faculty member provide feedback, support and evaluation of the student teacher.

The secondary/subject area student teaching practicum is offered in the spring semester onlyApplications must be hand-delivered to the Education Department office in Dwight Hall 302 no later than October 1.

Secondary/Subject Area Student Teaching Spring Application Packet
What Student Teaching Applicants Need to Know:

  1. Interviews
    Many secondary schools require interviews before making a commitment to host a student.  If one is requested for you, we will ask you to:
    • pick up an interview packet in the Education Department Office (DH 302)
    • schedule an appointment for the interview with the host school contact.
  2. 128 Belt and Other Highly Competitive Districts
    Placements at many high schools, especially near and inside Route 128, are highly competitive.  Many, including Waltham, have exclusive agreements with other colleges and universities.  Students interested in the following high schools should be prepared to furnish a resume and official transcript as well as undergo an interview upon request:  Lincoln-Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Wellesley, Newton, Needham, Franklin, Dover-Sherborn, Lexington, and Arlington.
  3. Practicum Equivalent
    If you are a PBTL candidate, are already teaching, and hope to complete your practicum where and while you are working, please make an appointment to speak with and obtain an application from Field Placement Coordinator Mrs. Shaw or PBTL coordinator Mr. Juan Rodriguez.
  4. Locations
    Please keep in mind that your choice districts must be within reasonable distance (within 30 minutes) for the FSU supervisors.  Many supervisors must observe several candidates per day and return to FSU to teach class.
  5. PDS Essays
    Please get a second pair of eyes on your essay!  As recently as last year, one of our student teachers was denied a placement as a result of a poorly written essay.

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