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University Park Campus Field Experiences in Curriculum & Instruction

Brief Description of Field Experiences

All Penn State candidates for teacher certification (PK-4, 4-8, 7-12, and P-12) are required to observe and teach in settings that include diverse populations, students with special needs, and students of different ages as an integral part of the undergraduate education major. This page provides a general overview of field experiences. Detailed information about the various field experiences can be found on the web page that is specific to that field experience.

Penn State students who are engaged with minors through field experiences for coursework must have all required clearances and will be supervised by Penn State Faculty or Staff.

General Timeline for Field Experience Courses

Early Field Experience (C I 295 and 295 A/B)

Early field experience (C I 295 and 295 A/B) occurs typically during semesters 3 or 4. Early field experience does not require a preliminary application, unless exceptions occur due to schedule conflicts.

Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience (C I 495 A/B/C)

Pre-Student Teaching field experience (C I 495 A/B/C) occurs typically during semesters 6 or 7.

Student Teaching Practicum (C I 495D/F or E)

Student teaching practicum (C I 495D/F or E) occurs typically during semesters 7 or 8. Online applications must be submitted by the beginning of the semester one year in advance of the academic year desired for a student teaching assignment.