Field experience students must complete a required number of hours in the field experience classroom for each course. The number of classroom hours varies for each experience. The CSS student is expected to contact the cooperating teacher as soon as they have been placed in the teacher's classroom to arrange a schedule for classroom visits. The CSS student is expected to communicate any course requirements for the field experience to the cooperating teacher at the beginning of the experience and arrange with the cooperating teacher when these activities will be completed.
The field experience student is expected to:
The purpose of student teaching is to provide a significant, practical teaching experience in an elementary, middle school, and/or high school, under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Student teaching is a minimum of 10 weeks (at least 50 student contact days) of continuous full time teaching for graduate licensure students and 13 weeks for undergraduate students. Student teachers are expected to make up absences. This experience can be extended by CSS faculty depending on the student teacher's skill and proficiency. The experience includes formal observation, planning of teaching units, participation in school activities, working with students with diverse learning needs, communicating effectively with parents/guardians, and working with school support personnel. Student teachers are supervised and observed by college faculty. In addition to the actual student teaching experience, students must also register for and attend student teaching seminars . The purposes of the seminars are; (1) to help students reflect on and deal with situations encountered in their student teaching experience, (2) to help students prepare for a job search and apply for their Minnesota teaching license.