Getting Real World Experience as a Student
Education students gain real world experience by working in schools and with students throughout their entire Mizzou experience. As a preservice teacher your field experiences will allow you to observe techniques and strategies and to apply theory. When you are in schools and with students, you examine the problems of practice and begin the process of becoming an inquiring, reflective professional; skills that will influence and sustain your teaching career.
Introduction to Phase I:
In your field service placements, you will assist with individual students or small groups in schools and will also provide assistance to community agencies. You will complete a minimum of 16 hours at your host school and 20 hours with your Service Learning agency.
Introduction to Phase II:
Your field placements will complement your teaching methods courses. You will be expected to assist with individual students or small groups, and when appropriate, team teach with the Host Teacher or teach individual lessons. MU instructors of coinciding methods courses will communicate requirements and expectations to your Host Teacher.
You are required to complete a minimum 20-24 hours per semester at your Host School (depending on your level of certification) with preK-12 students & families.
Student Teaching Internship:
In your student teaching internship, you will gradually work from observing your partner teacher and familiarizing yourself with the students, classroom, and school to ultimately taking on the full teaching load. You are expected to be at your host school, at minimum, all day each day school is in session for the duration of the internship. A detailed description of the internship requirements and expectations can be found in the Student Teacher Intern Handbook.
The following documents provide additional information on procedures for instructors who have students assigned to field observations, to seminar leaders of student teachers and to those involved in direct supervision of student teachers.