Field Experiences

Field experience, a requirement of the Alabama State Department of Education, is an invaluable opportunity to observe and be involved in real life teaching situations.  During P-12 school visits students will learn pedagogy and management strategies and, in some instances, be allowed to practice their teaching skills.

Field experience is a requirement for all students that complete a program of study that leads to teacher certification in the College of Education or in the College of Arts and Sciences with a minor in Education.

Throughout the teacher education program, field experiences are connected to specific courses. These courses will integrate assignments (known as Critical Assignments) that align with state standards and prepare teacher candidates to become proficient educators.  As part of the course, faculty will teach and model the tasks required; during field experience, teacher candidates will perform the tasks as part of the course grade.  Successful completion of all four critical assignments prepares teacher candidates for the expectations that accompany Internship.

 

The Field Experience Overview:

Courses Containing Critical Assignments/ FE Days

Before

Requirements:  The following requirements must be met prior to applying for Field Experience placements.

Enrollment in Courses

Candidates are required to be enrolled in courses during the semester in which field experience placements are completed.  Review the Overview Chart on the Field Experience webpage to see a list of courses that require Field Experience.

LiveText

LiveText is an online web-based learning assessment.  Candidates seeking a degree that leads to certification in a College of Education program, or in a College of Arts and Sciences program with a minor in Education are required to purchase LiveText.     Teach for America students, Provisional Certification students and recertification/ renewal students are not required to purchase LiveText

Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test

Candidates seeking a degree that leads to certification in a College of Education program, or in a College of Arts and Sciences program with a minor in Education are required to submit a current negative tuberculosis skin (TB) test to the Teacher Education Department upon admission to ASU.  (Negative TB Skin tests are current for 3 years effective from the date read.)

Read More at: www.athens.edu/education/field-experiences/tb-skin-test-information/

ABI/FBI Fingerprinting Background Clearance

Candidates seeking a degree that leads to certification in a College of Education program, or in a College of Arts and Sciences program with a minor in Education are required to complete an ABI/FBI Background Clearance upon admission to ASU and prior to applying for Field Experience.

Read More at:  www.athens.edu/education/fingerprinting-background-clearance/

Application Process:  After enrolling in a course tied to Field Experience, candidates must apply online in order to receive a placement by the Field Experience and Internship Office.

Application

  1. Go To ASU Online. Enter Username and Password.
  2. Go To Student Tab / College of Education Field Experience Application.
  3. Select Critical Areas 1-5 (refer to the Overview Chart at  www.athens.edu/education/field-experiences/ .
  4. Select the Term.
  5. Select school preferences (if applicable).
  6. Confirm the course you are enrolled in.
  7. Click Continue.  Review your application.  Submit.

Verification Forms:  During each semester in which field experience placements are completed, students are required to submit a completed Verification Form into Blackboard and LiveText by the due date set by the Field Experience Office.

Form Completion

The form must be handwritten and completed in full.   The Athens State candidate must complete the Student, Course, & School Information sections.   The Cooperating Teacher must complete the attendance section – dates, times, signature.

Locate & Print the Form

  1. Go To Blackboard
  2. Click on My Organizations / Field Experience / Verification Forms
  3. Download/Print a copy of the form for each placement

During

Teacher Candidate Expectations:  Field experiences broaden the teacher candidate’s understanding of effective classroom instruction and establish a platform for the transfer of theory and translation of research into practice.

Critical Assignments

Each course tied to field experience requires the candidate submit for grading an assignment that models a portion of the culminating edTPA portfolio (which is completed during Internship).  This assignment AND the completion of all FE days will determine a Pass or Fail for the course.

Teaching and Learning Conference

All teacher candidates enrolled in ED 302 are required to attend this conference on the Athens State main campus.  Registration information will be provided by your instructor.  The purpose of this conference is to provide teacher candidates an initial solid foundation of pedagogical and managerial understanding on which to build subsequent P-12 classroom teaching.   Topics will include: Classroom Environment, Learner Diversity, Instructional Delivery, Student Assessment, Self-Reflection, and Professional Conduct.

Professionalism

  • Candidates should be polite when calling schools to schedule their days. Find out what time school begins and where to park.
  • Candidates are required to wear their ASU ID badge at all times during field experience placements. Badges are obtained through the Athens State University Security Office
    • Location: ASU Campus Security
    • Hours 8:00 – 4:00 PM
    • Information: 256-233-8222
  • Sign in at the front office immediately upon entering the school each day. Candidates are also required to sign out at the end of each day.
  • Dress and act in a professional manner.
  • Arrive promptly. Be on time or early.
  • Exhibit a positive, courteous attitude. (Field Experience students are guests in the school.)
  • Abide by all school rules. (especially those dealing with food, beverages, and cell phones)
  • Be positive, refrain from any negative comments, derogatory remarks or comments toward or about the school, its personnel, or its students either verbally or nonverbally (such as Facebook).
  • Candidates are to contact the school office and classroom teacher immediately if they must miss a scheduled day.
  • Check Athens State email regularly during Field Experience. (This is a MUST! Important information is often sent during the 2 week course release time-frame.)

Cooperating Teacher Expectations:   Although the first responsibility of the cooperating teacher is to his/her own students, cooperating teachers also fulfill one of the most important roles in the education of student teachers.

CAN

  • Orient the teacher candidate to the school setting, organizational policies, and duties of the faculty or other professionals
  • Serve as a model and information source, helping each teacher candidate improve professional skills, strategies, and understanding of both cognitive and affective aspects of teaching
  • Offer constructive feedback to the teacher candidate in regards to teaching and student management

CANNOT

  • Edit a candidate’s official material prior to submission for grading
  • Instruct candidate on which video clips to select (when applicable)

Professional Dispositions

All Athens State candidate field experience placements require the completion of the professional dispositions assessment in Live Text by the hosting classroom teacher.

Professional Review Board

The Professional Review Board is comprised of a committee selected to review cases of unprofessional behavior.  Should a teacher candidate exhibit unsatisfactory behavior and/or performance during Field Experiences, the cooperating teacher will notify the Field Experience and Internship Office Coordinator.

The Field Experience and Internship Office Coordinator will then notify the teacher candidate of the course of action to be taken.  If the case is of a serious matter, the teacher candidate will be required to appear before the Professional Review Board (PRB).

After

Submitting Verification Forms:  At the end of each field experience placement, completed Verification Forms must be submitted into Blackboard and LiveText by the due date set by the Field Experience Office.

Live Text Submission

Scan a copy of the completed Verification Form into Live Text and attach to the Field Experience area within the teacher candidate portfolio.

Blackboard Submission

  1. Go To Blackboard
  2. Click on My Organizations / Field Experience / Verification Forms
  3. Choose the Link for the Semester and Critical Area you are enrolled in
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