Field experiences are a central component of the preparation of teachers and other school personnel, including school counselors. The Office of Teacher Education and Professional Services (OTEPS) collaborates with School of Education faculty and with partners in the K-12 schools to arrange and support appropriate placements with qualified field supervisors for teachers and school counseling candidates.
As a reminder, students in the teacher preparation programs must pass Praxis I as a pre-requisite to student teaching. Also, teacher and school counseling candidates are responsible for complying with the policies of their respective school division placements regarding background checks and TB testing.
Additional information about the policies and procedures that govern field experiences can be found in the Handbook for Practica and Student Teaching Experiences and in the Internship Handbook for School Counseling. Teacher candidates can also access electronic versions of most of the forms associated with field experiences, as well as OTEPS' calendar of important dates and deadlines, on the OTEPS website.
The systematic evaluation of teacher and school counselor candidates' performance in clinical experiences is critical to the effective preparation of professional educators. Pre-professional candidates and their supervisors regularly complete evaluations using the School of Education's online assessment system.