Undergraduate licensure candidates complete this experience as part of EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I. Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure (PBTL) candidates complete this experience by enrolling in EDIL 800 Field Study I. PBTL candidates typically take EDIL 800 Field Study I while enrolled in or following EDIL 910 Education Foundations or EDIL 920 Learning and Human Development. The Field Study I experience is completed in a non-charter public school classroom appropriate for the license which the candidate is seeking. Candidates spend a minimum of three hours per week at the placement site for a total of 36 or more hours over the course of the semester.
The Elementary Field Study II experience, part of EDUC 322 The Child and Literacy, is completed in a non-charter public school grade 1-6 classroom. Candidates spend a minimum of three hours per week at the placement site, for a total of 36 or more hours over the course of the semester. Candidates receive assignments in the course to carry out at the field study site.
The Elementary Field Study III experience is completed with two courses taken concurrently: EDUC 341 Elementary Curriculum: Mathematics and EDUC 346 Elementary Curriculum: Science, Social Studies and Special Needs. Candidates spend a minimum of six hours per week in a non-charter public school grade 1-6 classroom for a total of 72 or more hours over the course of the semester. Candidates receive assignments in their courses to carry out at the field study site.
The student teaching practicum is a full-time, full-semester experience in a non-charter public school first through sixth grade classroom. The student teacher is assigned to an elementary 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. Candidates are also supervised by a program supervisor, a FSU Education Department faculty member, who visits the candidate in his or her classroom on a regular basis. The supervising practitioner and program supervisor provide feedback, support and evaluation of the student teacher.