Pre-Student Teaching Resources and Forms - Master of Arts in Teaching
The primary purpose of the pre-student teaching field experience is to get a broad understanding of schools, students, and the culture and context for schooling. Candidates follow the Observation Guidelines as they move from observing to participating in the classrooms.
In the MAT Full-Time program candidates attend pre-student teaching placement in the fall semester for two or more full days per week until the beginning of the practicum in mid-October. At that point, candidates typically go to their second authorization level of interest until early December, when they return to their student teaching placement for the rest of the year.
In the Part-Time MAT Aspire program students do their pre-student teaching during the entire first year of the program. Because Aspire students are typically juggling work or other responsibilities, they work out a schedule with their supervising teacher that is agreeable to both. Aspire candidates complete about 80 hours during the pre-student teaching requirement. This requirement may be fully or partly waived based upon significant, appropriate previous experience in schools.
Responsibilities during this field experience are detailed in the Observation Guidelines (Forms located to your right).