Q: Does the class meet prior to my going to an area school?
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 4 lessons with complete lesson plans. 304 students are required to teach as minimum of 7 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.
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.