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Field Experiences for Undergraduate Programs

Opportunities for teacher candidates to experience student-teacher interactions within the P-Grade 6 classroom form the bridge between theory and practice. Within the ECU and Elementary Education programs a variety of field experiences are required. Each experience offers insights into the ‘real world’ of the classroom and provides hands-on involvement through practical application of methods and materials presented within the program coursework.


Early Childhood Unified, Birth – Grade 3 General and Special Education

EDUC 261 Explorations in Education – 33 hours in a K-3 classroom observing and teaching small groups and individual students

FCS 390 Interacting with Children and FCS 391Practicum in Early Childhood

FCS 490 Developmental Planning: Preschool and Kindergarten and FCS 491 Preschool Laboratory - 30 hours in preschool and/or kindergarten

FCS 591 Supervised Teaching in the Early Childhood Lab 300 hour in Early Childhood setting

SPED 511 Overview of Special Education (Birth through 6th Grade) 10 hours working in a diverse setting

EDUC 361 Elementary School Mathematics – Family Math Night

EDUC 366 Primary Reading and Language Arts – weekly supervised activities at a local elementary school – primary grades.

EDUC 345 Internship (optional) 8-10 hours per week observing and then teaching in a K-3 classroom under supervision of the on-site mentor and university faculty member.

Professional Semester – 16 weeks of observing and then teaching in a K-3 classroom under supervision of the cooperating teacher and a university supervisor.


Early/Late Childhood (Elementary Education K-6)

EDUC 261 Explorations in Education – 33 hours in a K-6 classroom (primary or intermediate) observing and teaching small groups and individual students

EDUC 307 Clinical Experiences – 33 hours in a K-6 classroom (primary or intermediate) observing, teaching two whole class lessons and teaching small groups and individual students

SPED 511 Overview of Special Education (Birth through 6th Grade) 10 hours working in a diverse setting

EDUC 361 Elementary School Mathematics – Family Math Night

EDUC 362 Elementary School Science – Teach lesson in classroom and/or science event at a local elementary site by special arrangement

EDUC 366 Primary Reading and Language Arts – weekly supervised activities at a local elementary school – primary grades.

EDUC 345 Internship 8-10 hours per week observing and then teaching in a K-3 classroom under supervision of the on-site mentor and university faculty member.

Professional Semester – 16 weeks of teaching in a K-3 classroom under supervision of the cooperating teacher and a university supervisor. (May be in the same classroom as Internship)


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