FLC students in the Teacher Education Licensure Program complete a state mandated minimum of 800 hours of field experience activities throughout their program. Some K-12 and Secondary programs exceed this minimum. Students in the Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education programs will spend close to 1000 hours in a field experience.
300 Level Education courses: Students in all programs except K-12 Music will take 300 level education courses that include field experience components. The number of 300 level courses differs for students in various programs. Students in the K-12 Music, K-12 Physical Education, and Secondary English programs also will take 300 and/or 400 level courses in their major that include a field experience component.
400 Level Education courses: Students in all programs will take courses that include field experience components with the focus on planning, teaching and assessing lessons under the direction of veteran classroom teachers.
Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education students will be involved in a three term immersion program that combines teaching methodology courses with practical application in field experiences. During the second and third immersion terms, students will either be in a school setting or taking education courses all day Monday through Friday. Therefore, students must have completed all other coursework before entering the second immersion term.
- Students in the Secondary and K-12 licensure programs complete a full term of student teaching.
- The third immersion term is the official student teaching term for students in the Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education licensure programs.
- All students must meet several requirements to be admitted to the student teaching/third immersion term.