Teacher candidates in the Educator Preparation Program in the College of Education at Sam Houston State are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. During the student teaching semester, Sam Houston teacher candidates are placed in a SHIPPS school district for two 7-week placements. Some EC-6 student teachers may have one 14-week placement.
Candidates have the following field/clinical requirements:
The teaching candidates in Level I Field Experience are to engage in passive observation while completing field experience on campuses. Teacher candidates are required to complete and document ten (10) hours of public school field experience while enrolled in the following courses:
- CIEE 2333 - Becoming a Teacher
- CIEE 3374 - Human Growth & Learning
- CIEE 3385 - Creating an Environment for Learning in the Classroom
- CISE 3374 - Human Growth & Learning
- SPED 2301 - Introduction to Special Education
Field experiences in Level II provide "hands-on" opportunities for SHSU teacher candidates to connect and apply their university coursework to public school classroom environments. Level II field experiences emphasize lesson planning, and the application of acquired pedagogical knowledge and skills in public school classrooms.
Field experience is the final step of the teacher preparation program for SHSU pre-service teachers. During the student teaching semester, Sam Houston teacher candidates are placed in a SHIPS school district for two 7-week placements. Some EC-6 student teachers may have one 14-week placement. Candidates will gradually increase their involvement during each placement to full teaching responsibility, literally making a transition from student to teacher. Classroom mentor teachers and university supervisors share the responsibility of assessing and evaluating the student teacher's instructional and classroom management skills. Student teaching is completed during the final semester prior to graduation.