Field Experience

Special Education Beginning Field Experience (BFE)

The Beginning Field Experience at the University of St. Francis is an experience that gives the teacher candidate an opportunity to observe and participate at a host school for 12 weeks. This experience gives the candidate information about what is expected of teachers and should help the teacher candidate reflect on where they see themselves teaching in the future.

 

Special Education Intermediate Field Experience (IFE) – Elementary Education Setting

The Intermediate Field Experience at the University of St. Francis is a twelve-week experience. Students will be teaching and working at their school site following the school site’s calendar. The times have been established to ensure that students will have opportunities to implement and facilitate lessons in the four identified curriculum areas: math, science, social studies, and reading/language arts. During this twelve-week field experience, the teacher candidate will have the opportunity to apply theories and practice strategies learned in their method courses.

 

Special Education Intermediate Field Experience (IFE) – Special Education Setting

The Special Education Intermediate Field Experience at the University of St. Francis is a twelve-week experience in a special education setting. As with the elementary Intermediate Field Experience, students will be teaching and working at their school site following the school site’s calendar. The times have been established to ensure that students will have opportunities to implement and facilitate lessons. During this twelve-week field experience, the teacher candidate will have the opportunity to apply theories and practice strategies learned in their method courses.

 

Special Education Advanced Field Experience (AFE)

The Elementary/Special Education Advanced Field Experience at the University of St. Francis is an experience that gives the teacher candidate an opportunity to observe and participate at a host school for 15 consecutive weeks or 75 days in a special education classroom (7 weeks) and a general education classroom (8 weeks). USF realizes that today’s special education and general education children are frequently taught together in the same classroom. The dual practicum strengthens the preparation of teacher candidates to instruct both special education and general education children who will be assigned to their classrooms. The teacher candidate is responsible for guiding and directing the learning of a group of pupils under the guidance and supervision of professionally certified and competent members of the elementary and special education teaching profession and university supervisors qualified in special education and/or general education.

 

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