All students seeking Initial Certification need to successfully complete fieldwork requirements. Fieldwork experiences are integrated with some courses so students can integrate theory with practice.
The intent of the fieldwork experience is to provide opportunities for students to experience classroom realities and various teaching styles. By the time an Initial Childhood student begins student teaching, a minimum of 150 hours of fieldwork placements in differing types of schools (urban, suburban, rural, and/or private) - must be completed.
An expectation of fieldwork is to provide opportunities for students to actively assist the classroom teacher, thus becoming involved with students individually and in small groups. Students are expected to use these opportunities to develop their relationships with classroom teachers and school administrators at the fieldwork sites to explore and/or deepen their passion for teaching.