EIS 303 and 304: Field Work in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

EIS 303/304 Prerequisites
  • Students enrolled in EIS 303 must have completed EIS 301 with a grade of C or higher and have a cumulative GPA and major GPA of 2.5 or higher - depending on major.
  • Students enrolled in EIS 304 must be fully accepted to the Teacher Education Program and must have successfully completed EIS 303 with a grade of C or higher. A grade of C- or below does NOT satisfy this requirement.
  • Teacher education candidates are expected to comply with the Illinois State Police and FBI fingerprint background investigation requirements as set forth by the University Teacher Education Program.  Prior to any field work in schools/agencies, candidates are to supply verification of having completed both an Illinois State Police and FBI fingerprint background investigation through the Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals.  Candidates may be prohibited from completing field work if background investigations disclose arrests and/or convictions deemed problematic.   Information may be obtained in Horrabin Hall 91; questions may be directed to Melissa (Missy) Phillips, Director of Advising -- 298-2117.

Western Online: Given that WesternOnline is your primary means of communication and access to coursework, you are expected to login to WesternOnline at least every other day.

EIS 303/304 Goals

EIS 303 & 304 will contribute to the ability of students to practice and apply Illinois Professional Teaching Standards by completing at least 35 or more hours and no less than 5 weeks of on-site field experience. Refer to the following pages for specific directions. A grade of C or higher is required to satisfactorily complete the course. A grade of C- or below does NOT satisfy this requirement.

EIS 303/304 Course Objectives
  • Correctly construct lesson plans that address Illinois Learning Standards.
  • Teach lesson plans effectively.
  • Devise and utilize appropriate, original instructional materials to facilitate learning.
  • Construct, administer, and evaluate tests and other assessment tools.
  • Respond to classroom situations, students, and mentor teacher in a constructive, positive and professional manner.
  • Reflectively analyze and apply course content and theory to the planning, teaching, and learning process.

Q:  Does the class meet prior to my going to an area school?

A:   WesternOnline Field Work in Education Course will become active before classes begin.  Class information (dates, rooms, meeting times, etc.) will be available there. Classes are mandatory and will be held before your placement in an area school begins.  No placement will be given until classes are completed.  Classes are held during the first two weeks of the semester during your EIS 303 or 304 section times.

Sections 1, 2, and 3 will meet at 9:00 – 9:50 a.m.  Sections 4 and 5 will meet at 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.


Q: Is the Illinois State Police and FBI fingerprint background investigation required prior to my field work in EIS 303/304? 

A: Yes, you will need to make sure you have an up to date fingerprint/background check on file with CPEP.


Q:  How will I find out where I will be doing my field work?

A:  You will be assigned a supervisor and will meet with your field supervisor to find out the specifics of your field placement. Information will be given at the classes held at the beginning of the semester.


Q:  Do I get to choose the school where I do my fieldwork?

A:  No, students are placed in area schools by the university field supervisors.  Placement depends upon mentor teacher availability and the schedules of both the student and the participating schools.


Q:  How do I get to and from area schools?

A:  All students are required to have a vehicle available to them throughout the semester.  When possible, we try to arrange car pools to help with the cost of traveling to and from area schools.


Q:  What do I do when I’m in the classroom?

A:  You will begin by observing and participating with short tasks such as handing out papers, taking attendance, reading announcements, and working with individuals or small groups.


Q:  How often will I be teaching?

A:  303 students are required to teach a minimum of 5 lessons with complete lesson plans.  304 students are required to teach as minimum of 8 lessons with complete lesson plans.


Q:  How often will I be observed by my field supervisor?

A:  Your Field Supervisor will observe you teaching on two occasions. These observations are scheduled by the teacher candidate working with their mentor setting a time for the field supervisor to observe. 


Q:  Are there other additional assignments required for EIS 303 and 304?

A:  There are written assignments due throughout the semester. A two reflective papers, and a contextual factors paper will be assigned with specific guidelines.  Each student will be required to writte reflective analysis of lessons taught.  A weekly journal is also required once field begins.


Q: What should I wear?

A:  Professional dress is required at all times while attending your school placement. 


Mr. David DeVries

Mr. David DeVries, Field Supervisor, discusses an
assignment with a student.




Virginia Kessler

Virginia Kessler, Field Experiences Supervisor reviews the results of her observation of student's presentation  lesson from yesterday.

Students Learning EIS 303 and 304: Field Work in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

As a Secondary Education Teacher Candidate you will now have the opportunity to teach in an area classroom while being mentored by an experienced teacher. You will find this course to be both exciting and crucial as you put the methods and theories you have learned into practice.