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Field Experiences

M.S. in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Teacher Certification

The School of Education takes great pride in the level of extensive clinical and field-based experiences that its pre-service teacher candidates have prior to certification. Students in teacher certification programs have many opportunities to experience the classroom setting and gain ample exposure and experience necessary for a career in education.

Theory in Practice

Nearly every pedagogy-based course (EDUC 540, 542, 544. 546, and 565) will have at least one clinical, field-based experience requiring up to 20 hours in a PreK-12 classroom, depending on the course requirements.

In addition, students are required to complete up to 40 hours of Pre-Student Teaching immediately prior to Student Teaching. This allows candidates the opportunity to put into practice their learned pedagogical skills, in preparation for their student teaching experiences.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a full-time, 12-week field placement in a carefully selected public or charter school* under the immediate supervision of a highly competent cooperating teacher. It approximates full-time teaching and is viewed as a culminating experience that provides opportunity to demonstrate what was learned in the professional education courses.

Forty (40) hours of pre-student teaching and 12 weeks devoted to student teaching are full-time commitments. Student teachers are encouraged to be free from outside responsibilities as if they are a full-time member of the staff in the school to which they have been assigned.

The required seminar component, which is linked to the school-based field experience, is conducted under the course EDUC 540: Student Teaching/Graduate Field Experience.

Student Teaching Field Placement Application Requirements

  • Prerequisite: EDUC 520 and EDUC 542. Minimum Grade: B.
  • Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in graduate coursework.
  • Successfully complete all UG content courses listed in RED on Graduate Advisement Sheet with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 with no course lower than a “C”. Students must also submit a Plan of Study to advisor indicating their plan to complete appropriate methods, remaining core pedagogy, and undergraduate content courses prior to student teaching.
  • Completed field placement application by the appropriate deadline that includes, required clearances, introductory letter, resume, and recommendation from School of Education Professor
  • Once a field placement is confirmed by the School of Education’s Field Placement Office, the student will register for EDUC 540: Student Teaching/Graduate Field Experience (3 credits).

International Field Placements

Students who are contemplating completing the field experience requirement outside of the U.S. must contact Drexel’s Field Placement Office to be aware of the international deadlines and procedures to submit their field placement application. Students must student teach in an approved U.S.-accredited school*. The cooperating teacher assigned must be certified in the U.S. with a minimum of three years teaching experience in the area of the certification the candidate is pursuing.

*Please note: American public/charter school, or an approved international school whereby English is the language spoken in all classrooms and the school is following PA Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education guidelines.