Observation and Student Teaching

Sophomore Year

  • EDU 201-202
  • During the sophomore year, students observe and participate in the classroom setting for one morning each week. Students are placed in a different setting each semester. 

Junior Year

  • EDU 203-204
  • During the junior year, students observe and participate in the classroom setting for one morning a week during the first semester.
  • During the second semester, students spend one day a week in the same classroom setting in which they will have their student teaching experience in the fall term of the senior year. This preliminary experience is guided and directed by the University's staff in conjunction with the principals and teachers of the cooperating schools. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Senior Year

  • EDU 325 or EDU 346 Student Teaching Experience
  • First semester of senior year: full-time, daily experience for the students in the College of Undergraduate Studies.  Students in the College of LifeLong Learning may student teach either in the fall or spring.  Students are responsible for their own transportation.
  • Students work full-time in the schools during the time of Student Teaching.  During this time, the student teachers participate in a weekly seminar conducted by members of the University staff. Through lectures and discussions led by local school personnel, the prospective teachers are given the opportunity to become familiar with their professional obligations and benefits. Current trends in curricula and methods are considered and explained.
  • A fee is charged for student teaching. No refund is made to anyone who withdraws from student teaching after pre-registration has been completed for this assignment.
  • Applications for student teaching must be made by the date designated prior to student teaching, which is during fall semester of junior year for College of Undergraduate Studies students. Students in the College of LifeLong Learning must make their application for spring student teaching in early January and in early September for fall student teaching. 
  • Special Education:  Students are required to complete a 30-hour field experience during EDU 383 or a 40-hour field experience during SPED 389 (ordinarily, second semester of senior year).
  • A fee is charged for EDU 201, EDU 202, and EDU 203.  No refund is made to anyone who withdraws from a field experience after pre-registration has been completed.
  • Students must obtain clearances to participate in any field experiences: FBI Criminal Record, current Act 34, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History and validation of successful PPD or tine (tuberculin) test.

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