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Field Experience

The Teacher Development Center field experience program encompasses two sequential semesters designed to deepen and enrich the in-the-field experience for students. This meticulously designed field experience program endeavors to create, to the extent possible, a year-long practicum experience for students. The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requires educator preparation programs to provide evidence of ongoing and relevant field-based experiences for their pre-service students – students who have not yet received their teacher certification – in a variety of educational settings with diverse student populations.

Field experience is a valuable learning opportunity, but it is most effective when closely related to the content of the course with which it is associated. Pre-service students receive guidance regarding their work as an instructional classroom aide as well as engage in rich discussion designed to deepen their experiential learning in the classroom. Even pre-service students already working full time in an accredited school can learn from working with other teachers and looking broadly at the structure and operation of schools.

Application for Field Experience

Students are required to attend one of several field experience sign-up meetings the semester before they plan to enroll in ED 3342: Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers or ED 4361: Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers. In the fall semester, these meetings occur prior to Oct. 1, and in the spring semester, prior to March 1. All requests for field experience placements will be made by the Teacher Development Center, no exceptions.

Fall-Spring semester sequence:

The fall semester’s experience requires the pre-service teacher to work with a host faculty as a classroom instructional aide for a minimum of 30 clock hours over the course of fall semester, one day/week. The spring semester’s experience builds on the fall semester’s experience in that the host teacher becomes the cooperating teacher for the pre-service teacher’s spring semester clinical teaching. Thus, the pre-service teacher works with the same teacher and same group of students throughout the academic year when the two-semester sequence is fall-spring.

Spring-Fall semester sequence:

The pre-service teacher will work with a host faculty as a classroom instructional aide for a minimum of 30 clock hours over the course of spring semester, one day/week. The second (fall) semester’s experience will be clinical teaching for the pre-service teacher. The host teacher from spring semester will become the cooperating teacher for the same pre-service teacher. Even though all teachers receive a new group of students each fall, the clinical/student teacher and cooperating will have already established their professional relationship during the previous semester.

Eligibility for Field Experience

All applications for field experience will be reviewed. Eligibility for field experience requires the candidate to demonstrate high ethical standards, exhibit professional maturity and meet the following requirements:

  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators as articulated by the Texas Legislature and Texas Education Agency.
  • Adhere to the TDC Fitness to Teach policy and clear discipline checks through the Dean of Students office.
  • Be officially admitted to the UT Dallas Teacher Certification Program. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 9 semester hours of professional development coursework at UT Dallas in order to register for ED 3342 or ED 4361.
  • Enroll in ED 3342 or ED 4361 as the last course to be completed in the sequence of professional education coursework for certification, and in the semester prior to clinical/student teaching.
  • Request a district and campus for early field experience where the student plans to complete their clinical/student teaching.
  • Request a district and campus where no family member works or attends.
  • Clear the district criminal background check. Some districts will require students to be fingerprinted as well as apply for substitute teacher employment.

Pre-service students in the teacher certification program are required to complete early field experiences in the following classes:

ED 3342 – Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers

Pre-service students seeking an EC-6 Generalist/Core Subjects teacher certification complete 30-clock hours of required early field experience in local, public elementary schools. Students work in classrooms of selected exemplary teachers as instructional classroom aides focused on teacher instructional behavior, and complete a series of assignments directly related to their coursework. These assignments are designed to help students understand and explore the elements of instructional design, management and implementation, in which professional educators engage daily. Students may only enroll in ED 3342: Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers the semester prior to their clinical teaching (ED 4693: Clinical Teaching, Elementary).

ED 4361 – Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers

Pre-service students seeking a teaching certificate at the secondary level (4-8 or 6-12, 7-12) in a specific content area complete 30-clock hours of required early field experience on a local, public middle or high school campus. Students work with selected exemplary teachers in their specific content area: mathematics/computer science, natural sciences, English, or history/social studies. They work as instructional classroom aides focused on teacher instructional behavior, and also complete a series of assignments related to specific coursework in Classroom Management. These assignments are designed to help students understand and explore the elements of instructional design, management and implementation in which professional educators engage daily. Students may only enroll in ED 4361: Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers the semester prior to their clinical teaching (ED 4694: Clinical Teaching, Secondary).