Field Experiences

Field Experiences

Education: Field Experiences

We at Lourdes believe that "real life" experience in actual classrooms is one of the most important aspects of our teacher preparation program.  Field-based experiences provide our teacher candidates  with meaningful classroom opportunities where they are able to put theory and knowledge into “action”.

Lourdes teacher candidates participate in diverse experiences relative to demographic locations, cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and diversity of child abilities and needs.

The progression of field experiences culminates with Student Teaching, which is designed to be the most valuable and intense learning experience prior to graduation.

Each Program EDE (Early), EDM (Middle), and AYA (Adolescence to Young Adult) has four structured experiences.


EDU 100
EDA/M/E 250 SL
General Methods
EDA 351-5/ EDM/EDE 350
EDA/M/E 450
Student Teaching
(2) One day experiences (Min. 30 hours) 6 day experience (5) Week experience (15) Week experience
Teacher candidates observe teachers, in two separate settings, to determine if teaching is their appropriate career choice, to reflect upon the level at which they may prefer to teach, and to determine what professional development would be most useful to becoming the teacher they desire to be.  Teacher candidates examine various instructional methods and complete focused, classroom observations.  Candidates interact with individual and small groups of students and co-teach lessons. This course requires 10 hours of Service Learning to be conducted at the placement site. Teacher candidates learn and practice content specific methods in their licensure area (s).  Candidates observe, interact with students, and co-teach lessons.  Candidates complete a modified Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA). Teacher candidates participate in an intensive field experience in which they put into practice the skills and competencies of effective teaching. Candidates observe, interact with students, co-teach lessons, and complete a full Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA).

Students are to refer to the Department of Education Field Experience Handbook (PDF) for all policies, requirements, and procedures related to field experiences.

Gayle Burrer, Coordinator of Field Experiences
Department of Education
Assisi Hall, Room 287

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Student Teaching Applications: For Fall 2014 – Thursday, February 20 , 2014
  • Cooperating Teacher/Student Teacher Meeting: Tuesday, January 6 from 2–6 p.m.
  • Student teaching seminars: 9–4 p.m. on February 7, March 28 (Mock Interviews), and May 2
  • edTPA Work Sessions: 3:30–5:30 pm January 23, February 20, March 6