Field Placement

Field-based experiences are integral components of the education course work in Framingham State University's educator preparation programs. These experiences provide students with opportunities to observe and practice their teaching skills. Please refer to the following documents for additional information regarding placements and placement applications:

2023-2024 Application Deadlines

September 29 for spring 2024

February 15 for fall 2024

Withdrawal of Application
Change of Plans

We are accepting

Fall 2024 Field Experience Applications

January 23 - February 15. 

Essay Guidelines for one-page essay

Please be sure to plan ahead:

  1. MAKE A PLAN to have your  one-page essay carefully reviewed (with a CASA Writing Tutor, if at all possible)

    If you wait too long to schedule, there may not be any appointments remaining.

  2. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT for application submission/drop-off
    with Ms. Sandy Shaw or Ms. Margaret Hagemeister. 

    If you wait too long to schedule, there may not be any appointments remaining.

    • Log into Starfish via: 
    • Select Application Drop Off.
    • Use the mini calendar on the left to select a range of dates;
      we are accepting applications between January 23 and February 15.
    • Follow the prompts. Once completed, you will receive an email confirmation from Starfish.

    according to the Essay Guidelines at no later than the evening prior to your appointment with the writing tutor.

    via the Fall 2024 online application survey,
    no later than 24 hours prior to your application submission/drop-off appointment.

    in a Microsoft Word .docx document (so we can copy & paste, please) attached to an email to Mrs. Shaw ( or Ms. Hagemeister (, whomever your appointment is with, no later than 24 hours prior to to your appointment.
    NOTE:  If you are unable to convert to MS Word or attach to email, please copy and paste your essay into the body of the email, with extra lines between each paragraph.


MTEL Preparation MaterialsMTEL and Massachusetts Educator Personnel IDMTEL Results DeadlinesRequired MTEL by License

Placement Dates and Orientation Meeting Dates


Evaluations, Forms, and Logs:

  1. We are using shared, online time/activity logs.  You will be sent a link at the start of the semester.
  2. Dispositions Assessment Rubric

Application Deadlines

  1. Application submissions require a brief (10-minute) conversation. Be sure to schedule your appointment via Starfish.
  2. Applications for fall placements are due no later than February 15.
  3. Applications for spring placements are due no later than September 29 (for spring 2024). 
    [Since October 1, 2023 falls on a Sunday, applications must be due on September 29.]

 MTEL and Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID (MEPID)

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure are a series of qualifying exams. All licensure candidates must pass all required tests.

  1. When registering for any portion of the MTEL, please have all results sent to Framingham State University.

  2. A Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID (MEPID) is required to register for an MTEL. 

  3. Save (both electronic and hardcopy) score reports for all exams you have passed.

Create and Identify your MEPID

MTEL Results Deadlines

  1. MTEL policies and deadlines may vary by program.  Please consult your academic advisor for guidance.

  2. Regardless of policies and deadlines, please plan ahead, and allow at least two attempts to pass each required exam prior to completion of your program, so that you will be hirable upon completion of your program.
  3. Please refer to the MTEL Test and Score Dates to determine:
    • the last score report date prior to the deadline
    • the last date to take the test to meet the results deadline

  4. MTEL requires 45 days between test sessions for an individual exam.  For example, if you take MTEL 001 Reading on February 1, you must wait until March 17 to retake that test.  You may register anytime after the previous session, i.e. February 1.

MTEL Preparation and Resources: 

Withdrawal of Application and Change of Plans:

Once submitted, all field experience applications are active until:

  1. candidate directly notifies the FSU Field Placement Office of withdrawal
  2. all opportunities to meet requirements have expired
  3. candidate completes the placement.

Candidates must notify the Field Placement Office of any changes or withdrawals.


Educator Licensure and Placement Office

O'Connor Hall 125
Ms. Sandra Shaw, Director
Educator Placement and Licensure
Phone:   508 626 4573