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.
View the PowerPoint for more information, directions and procedures of the Field Experience process.
Field Experience Handbook
A 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.
Arranging Your Field Experience
Requirements Before Entering the Classroom for a Field Experience
Criminal Background Check – you will be background checked three different times throughout your Education program.
Each level of background check is associated with a pre-determined course. When you enroll in this course, you are flagged in our system to be notified to complete the next level of background check. The notification will come to you as an email “evite” from our background check vendor Castle Branch. Unless you receive a notification, your current background check is valid.
Students will also need to purchase EMSP Liability Insurance (PDF) before beginning their work in the classroom.
Documenting 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.
The Field Experience Transcript Report is the accumulated records of your Field Experience 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.