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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Field Experiences

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Field experiences are a vital component in the teacher preparation program. Future teachers in MSU's Elementary Education programs will complete several field experiences as part of their preparation. The most intense of these experiences are:

Elementary Education Students
  1. A 30-hour school observation completed as part of EEC 215 - Introduction to Elementary Education.
  2. A 4-week, half day experience completed near the end of the Block 1 semester.
  3. A 4-week, full-day experience completed near the end of the Block 2 semester.
  4. Block 3 field experience is currently under development.

The Block field experiences are designed to prepare the future teacher for student teaching, and are in fact in the nature of a mini-student teaching experience.

EEC candidates are being recognized as extremely well-prepared as we have redesigned our program to provide extensive scaffolding for the edTPA process. EEC candidates benefit from 600 plus hours of field experience prior to student teaching. This is several times more than that which is required by the Board of Teaching.

We take pride in recruiting and retaining effective supervisors for these field experiences. Mentor teachers and principals have commented on how well-prepared they find our teacher candidates. Because they are being so effectively taught through the EEC program, they are ready to hit the ground running once they start their field experience or student teaching.