School and Field Services

Pawley Hall, Room 385
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3060
(248) 370-4920 fax
sfs@oakland.edu

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Field Experiences

School-Based Clinical Field Experiences

The School and Field Services (SFS) office assigns teacher candidates field placements that afford students depth, breadth, and diversity of authentic learning experiences in schools. As an integral part of the education program, all of these experiences include the opportunity to observe and teach in settings with diverse populations, students with exceptionalities, and students across the grade band. Each field experience will provide opportunities to engage with, reflect upon, and apply the knowledge, skills, professional behaviors and dispositions explored in professional coursework.

Elementary
Experiences

The following school-based clinical experience overview contains activities expected of our Oakland University teacher candidates seeking Elementary Certification. The goal is to learn through authentic experiences, facilitated student interactions and regular dialogue with an experienced mentor teacher. Oakland University students are to actively assist in helping children learn and achieve their academic goals. Education students must adhere to all district policies.

Suggested Elementary School-Based Activities may help students while working toward their goals.

School-Based Clinical Experience 1

This experience supports the introductory course designed to help education students understand the system of education and the role and responsibilities of teachers. During early school-based field experiences, students will be introduced to classroom observation, how students learn, what it means to teach, and how schools work as systems. 

  • EED 2000, EED 2001, TD 5103
  • Required Hours: 30

School-Based Clinical Experience 2

This is the education student’s second semester in a classroom, and first semester in major standing.  Education students are enrolled in coursework relevant to classroom management and instructional design.  In this term, students might assume some instructional responsibilities that are co-planned or co-taught with a mentor teacher.

  • EED 3000, EED 3001, RDG 5203
  • Required Hours: 30

School-Based Clinical Experience 3

In this service-learning, embedded course, education students design and enact learning experiences and assessments as they learn. Students will continue to build upon the learning from previous fields, seeking collaboration and feedback from the mentor teacher and course instructor. Note: This experience is for undergraduate students only.

  • RDG 3231
  • Required Hours: 30

Year-Long Internship: Student Teaching

Advanced Clinical Experience
This semester marks the beginning of the year-long student teaching internship as the students complete their methods coursework.  Interns should work to deeply engage with students and colleagues in preparation for full time teaching responsibility in the following semester.  

  • EED 4270, TD 5270
  • Required Hours: Minimum of 42 

Final Semester: Student Teaching Internship
The Student Teaching Internship is the culminating experience for the education program. Interns will work closely with their mentor teacher to take full responsibility of the classroom as they hone their pedagogical skills.

  • EED 4950,TD 5950
  • Required Schedule: Full time, in accordance with district calendars
Secondary
Experiences

The following school-based clinical experience overview contains activities expected of our Oakland University teacher candidates seeking Secondary Certification. The goal is to learn through authentic experiences, facilitated student interactions and regular dialogue with an experienced mentor teacher. Oakland University students are to actively assist in helping children learn and achieve their academic goals. Education students must adhere to all district policies.

Suggested Secondary School-Based Experiences may help students while working toward their goals.

School-Based Clinical Experience 1

This may be the education student’s initial exposure to teaching and learning from the classroom teacher’s perspective. This experience supports the introductory courses designed to help the education student understand the system of education and the role and responsibilities of a teacher.

  • SED 3000, SED 3001, TD 5000
  • Required Hours: STEP (30) and MATSE (20)

School-Based Clinical Experience 2

This is the education student’s second semester in a classroom, and they are enrolled in coursework relevant to methods in their minor concentration. In this term, education students might assume some instructional responsibilities that are co-planned or co-taught with a mentor teacher.

  • SED 4100 and SED 5110
  • Required Hours: 30 in a classroom relevant to their minor

Year-Long Internship: Student Teaching

Internship A
In their year-long placement, interns are enrolled in methods coursework in their areas of study and will have multiple opportunities to design and enact short learning experiences and assessments in collaboration with their assigned mentor teacher.

  • SED 4951 and TD 5955
  • Required Hours: 
    • STEP: Four days per week (3–4 hours per day)
    • MATSE: Two days per week (3–4 hours per day)
    • Both STEP and MATSE: Interns will teach five consecutive days, 1–2 class periods, twice in the semester.

Final Semester: Internship B
The Student Teaching Internship is the culminating experience for the education program. Interns will work closely with their mentor teacher to take full responsibility of the classroom as they hone their pedagogical skills.

  • SED 4952 and TD 5955
  • Required Schedule: Full time, in accordance with district calendars
Helpful
Links

OU Field Students 

Below is the helpful information you will need to effectively complete the requirements of any field placement.

If you have any questions about your field experience, please contact our office as soon as possible. 

Marcia Hudson, Elementary Coordinator at (248) 370-3040 or mlhudson@oakland.edu

Andrea Kennedy, Secondary Coordinator at (248) 370-2003 or andreakennedy@oakland.edu

School and Field Services at (248) 370-3060 or sfs@oakland.edu