Fairmont State University adheres to the requirements of WV State Policy 5100. This policy mandates that each teacher candidate:

  • Is required to have clinical practice at both the elementary and middle or secondary levels.
  • Field based experiences and/or clinical practice must be completed at a minimum of three different programmatic levels.
  • The third programmatic level will be determined by the institution of higher education.

This sequence is required for all teacher education candidates. At the present time, placements are made at the Professional Development Schools (PDS), which encompass public schools in a six county area. These schools are sites of “best practice” and are schools who work collaboratively with Fairmont State University to ensure quality teacher education and professional development for practicing teachers. All such experiences are cooperatively arranged by university and public school personnel. All assessments are aligned with the new West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).

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Field Experience Handbook

Early Field Experience Overview

Candidates must complete 50 hours of field experience prior to applying to the Teacher Certification Program as described below, please download or view the complete Early Field Experience handbook for more detailed information:

EFE Community/After-School Settings (Formerly EFE 1 & 2) 

  • 30 hours spaced over a minimum of five visits
  • Site is selected by the candidate from a list of organizations provided by the FSU School of Education.  Additional sites and/or previously completed work may be accepted but requires approval by the Destination Education Program Director.
  • Can be completed at home, over breaks, or during the summer

EFE Public School (Professional Development School)(Formerly EFE 3)
(PDS sites are schools that have established a formal partnership with Fairmont State.)

  • 20 hours spaced over a minimum of five visits
  • Candidates are placed in a school by the Fairmont State Office of Clinical Experiences
  • May be completed during semester of application to the Teacher Education program

EDUC 2265 Field Experience 2 (30 hr)

This one-credit-hour lab must be completed as a field placement in the public school setting. Field experiences are a vital component of the process for becoming a certified teacher from Fairmont State University. Once a teacher candidate has filled out a field placement form, the PDS Partnership office will make contact with one of the 40 schools in our Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership. Students will then report to their assigned school to complete the requirements of the course over a 10 week period.

The requirements of this course  must be completed in a Professional Development School (PDS)/public school setting. This second field experience allows the teacher candidate the opportunity to apply and reflect on his/her content knowledge, as well as pedagogical knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions in a classroom setting with a certified teacher. Candidates complete EDUC 2265 Field Experience 2 during the same semester as EDUC 2260 Instructional Design I. The field experience provides teacher candidates with opportunities to complete requirements for both courses. Activities include focused observations and reflection on classroom practice; providing assistance to professionals in the school setting, tutoring and delivering instruction to small groups of students, and using assessment data to understand the teaching process and learner needs.

 

 

 

EDUC 3365 Field Experience 3 (75 hr)

This two-credit-hour lab must be completed as a field placement in the public school setting. Field experiences are a vital component of the process for becoming a certified teacher from Fairmont State University. Once a teacher candidate has filled out a field placement form, the PDS Partnership office will make contact with one of the 40 schools in our Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership. Students will then report to their assigned school to complete the requirements of the course over a 10 week period.

This course builds on cumulative experiences in previous field-based practica and is a semester-long experience which must be completed in a Professional Development School (PDS)/public school setting.  This third field experience allows the teacher candidate the opportunity to apply and reflect on his/her content knowledge, as well as pedagogical knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions in a classroom setting with a certified teacher.  Candidates complete EDUC 3365 Field Experience 3 during the same semester as EDUC 3340 Instructional Design II and EDUC 3351 Inclusive Classroom Practices. This field experience provides teacher candidates with opportunities to complete requirements for all three courses. Activities include immersion in the learning community, assuming the role of a professional in the school setting, designing and delivering instruction, classroom management, and collection and analysis of assessment data.  Candidates will begin to develop their action research projects by identifying and researching the learning need that will be the focus of the project they will implement during the student teaching clinical experience. 

 

 

Student Teaching (16 wks)

Student teaching is required in all programs. Students must complete student teaching or comparable experience at state required developmental levels and in all of the teaching specializations for which they expect to be licensed. Placements are made at the Professional Development Schools (PDS), which encompass public schools in a six county area.  All such experiences are cooperatively supervised by FSU and PDS/public school faculty. Due to the uniqueness of the off-campus student teaching experience, a candidate may be administratively removed if there is cause.

During the student teaching semester, candidates are simultaneously enrolled in EDUC 4491 Elementary Student Teaching - OR - EDUC 4496 Secondary Student Teaching and EDUC 4485 Action Research and EDUC 4486 Portfolio. Student teaching is a comprehensive immersion into the public school setting at two developmental levels and/or content areas. Teacher candidates demonstrate proficiency in their fields while applying and reflecting on their content and pedagogical knowledge, and the professional skills and dispositions required of  teachers. During this experience, teacher candidates will design and implement an action research project to demonstrate the impact of their teaching on student learning. In addition, they develop an electronic showcase portfolio and present it to an audience of PDS and university faculty/personnel and peers.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT TEACHING

In order to enroll in Student Teaching, a teacher candidate must complete the Application packet and meet the requirements listed below:

  • All general studies requirements of the University as well as the minimum requirements of the teaching specialization must be completed before Clinical III/Student Teaching can be scheduled.
  • Be officially admitted to teacher education.
  • Complete all required hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall in education foundation and professional education courses, and each teaching specialization. All courses in the teaching specialization must be completed prior to admission to Student Teaching.
  • Be screened through the FBI Sex Offender Registry as per WV State Code 18-5-15C.
  • Provide evidence of good moral character and professional dispositions as reflected by positive evaluations from previous field experience evaluations, faculty, advisors, students, and the community.
  • Have a grade of “C” or better in all EDUC classes.