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Field experience information

What is a field experience?

Many of the education courses on the certification checklists include field experience hours. A field experience is when a teacher certification student spends time observing, helping the cooperating teacher with administrative tasks, working one-on-one with students, and ultimately teaching in a public school classroom setting.

What you need to do...

Refer to your certification checklist to see which courses include field experience. Any course that includes field experience requires a current background clearance - this is done through the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) and it will be good for one year. As long as your field experience course is during that year, you should be approved to register for field experience courses. If the clearance has expired (or will expire) during your field experience session/semester, just contact the Education department (EducatorPrep@ccis.edu) to run an updated screening.

Students in field experience courses should also have personal liability insurance. Although this is not a requirement, it is highly recommended. Personal liability insurance helps to protect a student while observing/volunteering in the public schools. Membership in Student-MSTA (Missouri State Teacher's Association) includes personal liability insurance as a benefit. Join MSTA.

Self-placement

Students who work in a public school (or accredited private school) as a paraprofessional, instructional aide or are working in a long-term substitute teacher position may request to arrange a self-placement. Those wishing to arrange a self-placement must indicate that request to the field experience coordinator at their campus and obtain the required signatures on a self-placement form. The form must be turned in to the Education office at your campus no later than one week before the start of the field experience course. All self-placements must be approved by the field experience coordinator.

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