FIELD EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT All South Carolina candidates must complete at minimum of 100 hours of field experience prior to clinical practice (student teaching) Each education program at CSU has a specific number of practicum hours to be completed prior to clinical practice
GOALS OF A FIELD EXPERIENCE Personal and professional growth Observe and experience the process of teaching Verify the desire to become a teacher Develop professional dispositions to become a teacher
INTRODUCTION TO FIELD EXPERIENCES Field experiences provide the opportunity for candidates to continue to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the real world of classrooms as they work with diverse learners in a variety of settings appropriate to the content and level of their program of study. Field experiences are integrated into courses to represent a variety of early and ongoing school-based opportunities in which candidates observe, reflect, assist, tutor, manage, instruct, and assess learning in the PreK-12 classrooms.
Field Experiences Largely through structured observations and interviews candidates are introduced to or initiated in the knowledge base of theory and practice during practicum experiences. Candidates put knowledge into practice by assisting in school faculty-directed instructional situations with individuals, small groups, and whole group instruction.
Structured Field Experiences Candidates put knowledge into practice by participating in specially designated instructional situations under careful supervision with individuals, small groups, and whole group instruction. Candidates engage in subsequent reflection and self-assessment. Candidates apply knowledge and demonstrate performance growth in periodically scheduled teaching situations where they plan, implement, analyze, and modify instructional practices directed toward identified student needs.
Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) Clinical Practice is defined as providing candidates with an intensive and extensive culminating student teaching experience. Candidates are immersed in the learning community and are provided opportunities to further develop and demonstrate their competence in the professional role for which they are preparing. The lengthy clinical experience, which is linked with the senior methods practicum, gives candidates an opportunity to practice both competent and caring behaviors toward a group of diverse learners. During clinical practice, candidates work with their school faculty member to develop a long-range plan and unit work sample, based on the individual needs of students, which helps to develop insights toward both caring and competency.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF CANDIDATESCandidates participating in field experiences must comply with all of the academic regulations outlined in the Field Experience Handbook, and satisfy all course requirements outlined in syllabi. It is the candidate’s responsibility to read and abide by the policies of the University and the public schools.
COURTESY Be courteous and provide the most accessible point of contact, cell phone, email, parent’s home number, so that School Faculty can easily find you. Be sure that your email address and/or voice mail message is professional and worthy of a future teacher. Crude, silly, or unprofessional email addresses or voice mail recordings send the wrong message and one that can harm your reputation as a new teacher. Upon entering the building candidates must always report in the office and sign in and wear CSU ID to facilitate the sign-in process. Candidates are reminded that they are guests of the school/school district and should conduct themselves as such at all times.
DRESS CODE FOR FIELD EXPERIENCES ANDCLINICAL PRACTICEStatement of PolicyIn order to provide a professional atmosphere that enhances learning, instillsdiscipline, prevents disruption, avoids safety hazards, sets an example forcandidates and improves candidate behavior, Charleston Southern UniversitysSchool of Education requires all of our future teachers to dress in a professionalmanner.Candidates in the School of Education represent the Christian Mission ofCharleston Southern University. Therefore, their professional appearanceshould be consistent with modest, appropriate dress, and groomingincluding appropriate necklines. This includes no visible tattoos and nopiercing other than one or two on the ear. Dress for future teachers shouldcover the mid-riff and skirts should be at a length consistent with the dresscodes of the public school teachers’
DRESS CODE FOR FIELD EXPERIENCES ANDCLINICAL PRACTICE CONTINUED Statement of PurposeThe School of Education expects candidates to dressappropriately to model success. Adhering to theestablished dress code will aid in: presenting a professional appearance to the schools faculty/staff, students, parents and community, establishing and maintaining an effective learning environment, establishing a candidate as an authority figure, and instilling a sense of integrity with each student and school faculty member
DRESS CODE FOR FIELD EXPERIENCES ANDCLINICAL PRACTICE CONTINUED Requirements Men Dress shirts, sport shirts with collars, polo shirts and sweaters may be worn Dress or casual slacks may be worn. Shorts may be worn if working with the athletic department. Shoes worn may be casual, business, boat shoes, sport shoes, or dress sandals Shirts will be tucked in as appropriate
REQUIREMENTS Women Slacks, skirts of modest length, dresses, jumpers, Capri or cropped pants may be worn. Shorts may be worn if working with the athletic department. Sweaters, polo shirts, shirts or tops with or without collars are acceptable Shoes worn may be casual, business, dress sandal, open toe heels or flats
INAPPROPRIATE DRESS Inappropriate dress or personal grooming includes, but is not limited to: Denim jeans of all colors (except for specified spirit days as determined by the school) Leggings, tights (except under skirts, dresses, jumpers Warm up pants or suits or overalls Sweat shirts/tee-shirts (except for specified spirit days as designated by the school) Clothing or accessories with slogans that are suggestive of drugs, alcohol, sex, or obscenities Provocative clothing (thin straps, tube tops, low necklines, strapless, too tight, too short, midriff revealing, etc) Display of controversial tattoos and body piercings that are disruptive to the teaching/learning process On spirit days and teacher workdays, candidates should follow the lead of their school faculty.
MAKE CONTACT Make every effort to contact School Faculty as soon as you receive your assignment. Please do not wait until the end of the semester to make arrangements for observations. School Faculty have every right to decline a practicum student who waits until the last minute to fulfill requirements. Remember the end of the semester is usually a very busy time for School Faculty. Do not try to cram all of your practicum hours in 3 or 4 days.
EVALUATION Your School Faculty will evaluate you with our online evaluation instrument in LiveText. The Director of Field Services and Assessment will send the LiveText link to your School Faculty via email. The evaluations will be given to your education professor. Ifyour assignment should change, please be sure to notify the Director of Field Services and Assessment, so the evaluation links are sent to the proper teacher.
FIELD EXPERIENCE E-PORTFOLIO Allteacher candidates will need to purchase LiveText from the bookstore in order to create your Field Experience E-Portfolio. Once you login, create your e-portfolio in LiveText by choosing a CSU portfolio and the template that describes your major. Title your portfolio with your name. You will add all of the required artifacts in the classes listed on the left column. Remember to click edit to add or change any submissions.
AGREEMENT Please click on the link below to verify that you have seen this PowerPoint and understand the policies and procedures for completing your field experience.http://c1.livetext.com/misk5/formz/public/54750/H2GU fd4on2
QUESTIONS CONCERNING PLACEMENTS AND FIELD EXPERIENCESPlease contact:Brenda G MarquesDirector of Field Services and Assessment863firstname.lastname@example.org