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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Field Experiences

Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/eec/fieldexperience.html
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  • The Block I Field Experience
  • Block I teacher candidates complete a four-week field experience typically from about 7:30 am to 12:00 Monday through Friday. Teacher candidates work in pairs in K-2 classrooms where they actively engage in all classroom activities, teach at least eight small group literacy lessons, and participate in regular Professional Learning Communities before school.

  • The Block II Field Experience
  • Block II teacher candidates complete a four-week field experience typically from about 7:30 am to 4:00 Monday through Friday. Teacher candidates work in pairs in K-6 classrooms where they actively engage in all classroom activities, teach at least eight whole group lessons, and participate in regular seminars.

  • The Block III Field Experience (Student Teaching 1)
  • Teacher candidates begin their experience with a weekly school visit while completing intensive coursework on campus during the first five weeks of the semester. At that time, candidates begin their full-time first semester student teaching, working in a co-teaching environment with their mentor teacher.

    Teacher candidates work collaboratively with the mentor teacher, who will also serve as the mentor teacher during Student Teaching 2 (Block IV). Candidates are clustered in partner schools, and in similar grade levels to facilitate cooperative planning, support, and supervision. MSU Teacher candidates actively engage in all classroom activities, teach large and small group lessons in all subject areas, and participate in regular professional development.

  • All field experiences begin with regular weekly visits to the classroom prior to the beginning of the full-time field experience. University supervisors works with teacher candidates throughout the field experiences by: supporting lesson planning, conducting formal observations and follow up conferences, facilitating Professional Learning Communities, and assisting with the edTPA requirements.
  • The classroom teachers mentor their assigned MSU teacher candidates and complete final evaluations of each MSU student.