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Field Experience

An important part of teacher preparation is field experience. As an education student, you will be placed in a variety of community and school settings throughout your education at WSU. Experiences include opportunities to observe, tutor, co-teach and work side by side with experienced teachers. The Office of Clinical Practice works with faculty to provide meaningful field experiences for our students.

Field Experience Handbook (PDF) is available to help students understand the requirements, expectations and policies regarding field experience, as well as outline the assignments students will be expected to complete.

Documentation of Your Field Experience

The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) requires Education students to obtain and document a minimum of 100 hours before they are eligible to Student Teach.

These Field Experiences are included as course assignments in specific courses in the academic programs.

Field Experience Transcript Report

The Field Experience Transcript Report is the accumulated records of these experiences. This link will display your current Field Experience Transcript Report.

  • It is preferred that you be on campus when you run this report. If you are off campus you will need to login via VPN to connect to the WSU network.

Requirements Before Entering the Classroom for a Field Experience

Background checks (PDF) are required for field experience and student teaching. You should have a background check at the following times:

  • As a freshman before you work with Pk-12 students - $25.00 (initial check)
  • Upon admission to the Teacher Education Unit - $50.00 (comprehensive check)
  • Before Student Teaching - $25.00 (refresher check)

Students will also need to purchase EMSP liability insurance (PDF) before beginning their work in the classroom.