Field Experience Program

The Field Experience Program (FEP) is an integral part of the Teacher Education Program at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. It provides candidates with opportunities to become familiar with and participate in a variety of instructional settings. From one semester to the next, candidates are provided with opportunities to become more actively involved in classroom settings. As they gain more knowledge of learners, content, and methodology, they participate in a set of sequential and systematic experiences that enable them to connect the knowledge and skills acquired in campus-based coursework with what they observe and do in public school settings.

The FEP is designed to provide a continuum of experiences that enables candidates acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to their growth as professionals. Candidates are expected to complete a minimum of 200 hours of field experiences prior to the internship. Each semester candidates will complete a minimum of 50-60 hours in a school setting, as they move from simply observing, participating and tutoring students during Block 1 experiences, to teaching small group and whole class lessons during Blocks 3, 4 experiences and finally assuming full responsibility for the classroom during their student teaching.

Each level of field experiences addresses competencies integral to the UAH Teacher as Leader model. As candidates progress through the program and become more actively engaged in instructional responsibilities during each level of field experiences, they will be expected to demonstrate novice, then intermediate, and finally expert abilities in each competency area.

Candidates enrolled in Blocks 1 and 2 field experiences will focus primarily on Diversity and Professionalism. Candidates enrolled in Blocks III and IV field experiences will focus on developing as Content and Pedagogy; they will refine their competencies in the area of Diversity. Candidates enrolled in the internship—will demonstrate their abilities in all competencies as a high level. At all levels, candidates will demonstrate increasing competency in the areas of Communications, Critical Thinking, and Professionalism.

Field experiences are an integral component of the course requirements and curricula. Failure to successfully complete field experiences will result in incomplete grades and/or course failure and will delay and/or prevent the candidate's admission to the Teacher Education Program or the internship.

Information

Undergraduate Field Experiences Guidelines

Alternative Master's Field Experiences Guidelines


Level of Field Experiences

Block 1 - ED 301, 305, 308

Competency Focus: Diversity, Professionalism

Setting: Urban Title I Schools - Huntsville City Schools

Grade Level: Elementary (Grades K-2), Secondary & P-12 (Middle Schools) for Undergraduate and Alternative Master's Candidates


Block 2 - ED 309, EDC 301, 311, 430

Competency Focus: Diversity

Setting: Rural Schools - Madison County Schools

Grade Level: Elementary (Grades K-2), Secondary & P-12 (Middle Schools) for Undergraduate and Alternative Master's Candidates


Fall Methods Block

Elementary: ED 315, 373, 374, 375, EDC 321

Secondary: ED 408, 421, 422, 423, or 424

Competency Focus: Content, Pedagogy, Teaching, Assessing, Managing the Learning Environment

Setting: EED: Huntsville City / Madison City Schools (Schools with high ELL populations), SED: Suburban Schools (High SES) - Madison City or Huntsville City, ARI & AMSTI Schools (Elementary education majors should plan to spend the equivalent of one full day in schools each week.)

Grade Level: Elementary - ED 375 – (Grades K-2), ED 405 – (Grades 3-5), Secondary & P-12 (Middle Schools) for Undergraduate and Alternative Master's Candidates


Spring Methods Block

Elementary: ED 371, 372, 405, EDC 331, 351

Secondary: ED 410 and 421, 422, 423, or 424

Competency Focus: Content, Pedagogy, Teaching, Assessing, Managing the Learning Environment

Setting: EED: Huntsville City / Madison City Schools (Schools with high ELL populations), SED: Suburban Schools (High SES) - Madison City or Huntsville City, ARI & AMSTI Schools (Elementary education majors should plan to spend the equivalent of one full day in schools each week.)

Grade Level: Elementary - ED 375 – (Grades K-2), ED 405 – (Grades 3-5), Secondary & P-12 (Middle Schools) for Undergraduate and Alternative Master's Candidates