Office of Field Experiences
Welcome to the Office of Field Experiences website. Our office is committed to providing the College of Education students with positive, professional and practical field experiences throughout their program. Elementary students begin their field experience during their TLS 300 class and continue with field work throughout their program, with field work culminating in a student teaching setting which takes place the semester before graduation. Early childhood students begin their field experience during their first semester in the program as well, in TLS 394E. This program , referred to as CREATE, differs from the elementary program in that it requires two semesters of student teaching during the program.
Our office is staffed with a director, Maggie Shafer, an administrative assistant, Virginia Gonzalez, and from time to time, a student worker. Staff members work with students to ensure successful field experiences. These experiences will enable students to enter the education profession as enthusiastic and effective teachers.
If you are registered to student teach this spring (2017), you will want to click on the appropriate red link below to review your course syllabus. Your course instructor/supervisor's contact information appears at the top of the syllabus.
Be sure to click on the correct course. Your course number was also provided to you on your folder at the student teacher business meeting on January 9, 2017.
All TLS courses listed below share a common social justice position statement which is embraced by our TLS faculty members. A hard copy of this statement was provided to all teacher candidates at our "Business" meeting on May 6, 2016. Click here for online access.
TLS 493 A - This course is for students who are elementary majors.
TLS 493D - This course is for students who are early childhood majors student teaching in either their junior or senior year.
TLS 493E - This course is for students who are elementary majors who are also earning an bilingual or English as a second language endorsement..
SERP 493 - This course is for our students who are special education majors (Mild Moderate K-12 Teacher Prep Program). Your syllabus will be provided to you by your supervisor. It is not provided as an attachment below.
IMPORTANT! Please get your fingerprint clearance packets from the College of Education Student Services Office.
Fingerprint clearance is required for College of Education Admission and fingerprint clearance cards are routinely checked by the Office of Field Experiences. To be clear, in order for any University of Arizona student to participate in field experience related to university coursework of any kind, the student must possess a valid Arizona State IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card, and present that card to the Office of Field Experiences so that a copy can be placed in the student's file. The Arizona Department of Public Safety provides information about this clearance within the following link DPS Fingerprint Link. For the convenience of our students, we arrange for opportunities for students to apply for fingerprint clearance on campus in the fall and spring semesters. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD AND PLAN TO TAKE A COURSE WITH A PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE next spring(2017), WHICH INCLUDES TLS 3OO Classroom Processes and Instruction, follow the steps in the link above this fall (2016) . If you have lost your card, follow the steps to apply for a duplicate right away. You cannot begin your field work until you have received your clearance card in the mail and we have seen the card. It can take 4 to 6 weeks after applying to receive clearance, longer if research is required, so do not delay in applying. Fingerprinting will be done in the
College of Education, Room 257 during the Spring 2017 term, dates as follows:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
Thursday, February 23, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
Thursday, March 23, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
Thursday, April 27, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Students need to bring a state or federal issued photo ID (not your CATCARD), with your address and signature displayed, along with $10.00 cash, personal check, cashier's check or money order for fingerprints. Students will ALSO need to bring a Cashier's Check or Money Order made payable to Arizona Department of Public Safety. No cash or personal checks will be accepted for this portion of the payment.
Applications for student teaching for Spring 2017 are now closed. There will be a meeting held in the Student Union Ballroom on Monday, January 9th, 2017, from 8:30 - 11:30 am to review student teaching expectations and for students to apply for their UA institutional recommendation. Students will also meet with their assigned supervisors at that time. This is a required meeting and all student teachers must attend. That afternoon, student teachers will report to their placements.
Students apply to student teach the semester before they are placed in a classroom as a student teacher. The application process involves an online application, which requires that each student upload a current photo. The application asks for the names of school sites, grades and teacher names of previous classroom placements, so have those on hand when you begin the application. You may be required to meet with the Director of Field Experiences and your site coordinator before your placement is made.
You are also required to create a resumé the semester before student teaching for your Field Experiences file. A hard copy of this document should be submitted to your site coordinator by November 30th for Spring 2017 student teachers. First year CREATE program students, student teaching in their junior year, are exempt from this requirement. A sample resumé was created for your use and can be found here. UA Career Services provides support for resumes and may be contacted at Career Services Website. A complete guide to writing a resumé can be found at UA Career Services Resume Guide.
Students must meet all academic prerequisites and have a 3.0 GPA to student teach. Academic advisors confirm eligibility for all student teachers. Students must also have a current, valid, Arizona Department of Public Safety IVP fingerprint clearance card.
Student teachers in the elementary program are required to student teach for a minimum of 75 days and have full responsibility or fully shared responsibility using the co-teaching model, for all planning, and instruction for four weeks, Early Childhood program students are required to student teach for 60 days during two separate Spring semesters within their program. Their first student teaching experience with be in a birth-preschool setting and their second student teaching assignment will be in a kindergarten through 2nd grade classroom. Students report to their schools when their cooperating/mentor teachers report for the semester and follow the school district calendar during their student teaching experience(s). Student teachers do not follow the University of Arizona calendar while student teaching.
A university supervisor, with teaching and content expertise, is assigned to each student teacher. University supervisors and cooperating teachers work together to form a valuable support system designed to ensure a successful student teaching experience.
More information regarding the application process will be brought to you during regular class time late in the semester before you student teach.
The Elementary Student Teaching Guidebook 2016-17, with the red cover, is for Elementary/ Middle School & Student Teachers in the Mild/Moderate Special Education program, their supervising practitioners and their program supervisors. It contains important information about the student teaching experience and is meant to serve as a resource for those involved in this portion of the student's field work. All students are responsible for the information contained within this guidebook before the student teaching experience.
2016-2017 Elementary & Cross Categorical Student Teacher Guidebook is now available.
CREATE (Early Childhood Program) Guidebook for 2016-2017 is now available.
The second guidebook, the CREATE (Communities as Resources in Early Childhood Teacher Education) Program Guidebook 2016-7, with its blue cover, is for all those involved in the Early Childhood Program. This guidebook provides information about the entire two year CREATE program. It includes information for Early Childhood Program Students, Mentor Teachers, University Supervisors, Site Coordinators and other interested school personnel. Early Childhood Program Students are responsible for the information contained within this guidebook before their first student teaching experience.
Access to PDF versions of either the guidebook or handbook may be found at the links above, or if you prefer to have a hard copy, one can be purchased at a nominal cost through U of A Fast Copy in August 2017. Here's the link to order one:
The University of Arizona School District Partnership Recruitment Event for Teacher Candidates Graduating in December 2016 AND for those graduating in May 2017 is the first event!
This is an excellent opportunity to see what job opportunities our local partners have to offer. Last year's event was highly successful and teacher candidates reported great satisfaction with the connections and opportunities that arose from their attendance at this fair.
2:00-3:00 pm U of A Partner District Recruitment Event for our local school district partners.
Where: Tucson & Catalina Rooms in the Student Union
This venue will allow for private conversations with our local partners and may include interviews as well. The following teacher candidates from across the campus should plan to attend: Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, Special Education Candidates and Fine Arts Candidates!
3:00 - 6:00 pm Career Fair -
Where: Student Union Main Ballroom
Representatives from local, state, and national school districts will be in attendance as well as non-profit agencies. This is an excellent time for you to learn what is available to you job market-wise beyond Tucson. Plan to attend!