Pre-student teaching experience

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Prerequisites

Teacher candidates must meet all prerequisites specified by their program prior to the field experience semester. Most field experiences require admission to the School of Education and designated courses. Please consult your advisor to determine the best timing of field experiences in your respective program.

Field Experience Application Process

A separate electronic field experience application must be completed for each clinical field experience or school experience. The application includes the mandatory forms related to conduct for that particular experience and the electronic signature indicates understanding and agreement to follow the policies.

Early in the semester, you will receive information on pre-student teaching field experiences, including a link to the pre-student teaching electronic application by email. You must complete the electronic application, complete appropriate course/program pre-requisites, and be in good standing in order to be eligible for pre-student teaching field experiences. 

PETE and SHE teacher candidates will receive field experience information from their advisors and program faculty.

Criminal Background Checks

Teacher candidates who are registered for clinical field experience courses will receive an email with the criminal background check instructions prior to the field experience semester. Teacher candidates must complete the designated national criminal background check within the specified time and be cleared by the Office of Field Experience before entering the schools or field experience site. Please see the criminal background check policy for more information.

Clinical Field Experience Placement Procedures

All clinical field experience placements are arranged through the Office of Field Experience in collaboration with course instructors. Placements will be made with our contracted schools in a 50-mile radius of La Crosse based on school needs and requests each semester. The School of Education has developed partnerships with several local schools and placements for these sites will be honored first. Teacher candidates may not attempt to arrange a placement or contact schools, principals, and teachers to discuss placements according to the agreements between UW-La Crosse School of Education and school districts. Prior to the field experience semester, teacher candidates are encouraged to provide preferences and requests on the field experience application, which will be considered along with other factors in meeting program requirements for certification. Every effort will be made to provide a neutral setting for teacher candidates and placements will generally not be made in schools that teacher candidates attended, or where relatives have worked or attended. More information about placements will be provided on or before the first day of the field experience course each semester. Any questions regarding field experiences or any other school experience should be directed to the Office of Field Experience.

Name Badges

Teacher candidates must wear UW-La Crosse name badges at all times while at schools and clinical field experience sites. Name badges are available here to those who are registered for clinical field experiences and other approved experiences. Teacher candidates may be expected to pay for name badges.

Transportation

Teacher candidates are responsible for providing their own means of transportation to and from schools. Carpooling is encouraged.

Absences

Excused absences include personal illness, illness in the family, or death in the family. Absences due to work schedules and student schedules are not acceptable. In rare instances when teacher candidates need to miss an assigned placement time, they must communicate with both the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor immediately to make alternative arrangements. Excessive or repeated absences in either the field experience or related courses may result in removal from the program.

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Criminal Background Check Policy

All teacher candidates must complete the designated national criminal background check process prior to entering the schools for their first clinical field experience or any other school experience at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. This is a requirement of the school placement sites, and it is the teacher candidate’s responsibility to follow the instructions and complete the process by the dates specified. Teacher candidates are responsible for all costs associated with the criminal background checks. Policies and procedures must be followed for teacher candidates to receive a placement. Prior to student teaching, teacher candidates must complete a second designated national criminal background check if more than one year has passed since their last criminal background check. The Office of Field Experience will record the criminal background checks conducted each semester.

Procedure

  1. The Office of Field Experience will e-mail the criminal background check instructions and electronic forms to those teacher candidates registered for clinical field experience courses and other approved school experiences prior to the semester.
  2. The mandatory electronic forms related to conduct, including the Questionnaire for Admission to Student Teaching, Internship, Practicum, and Clinical Field Experiences self-disclosure form, must be completed by teacher candidates each semester they participate in any field or school experience. The electronic signature indicates understanding and agreement of the policies and teacher candidates are encouraged to read each form carefully before signing.
  3. Teacher candidates who have ever been charged for any criminal conduct must mark “yes” and indicate the charge and date in the space on the questionnaire.
  4. Teacher candidates must notify the Office of Field Experience of any new offenses as soon as possible, according to the terms stated on the Authorization, Acknowledgement, and Release Form.
  5. In the event the background check discloses criminal activity or information the teacher candidate has failed to report, the teacher candidate may be required to meet with the Director and/or Assistant Director of Field Experience to discuss the discrepancy. The result of this discussion may alter or terminate the teacher candidate's participation in a field experience or student teaching assignment.
  6. Students who have criminal charges that would prohibit them from obtaining teacher certification will not be allowed to participate in field experiences.
  7. Course instructors will discuss the criminal background check process at the beginning of the course. Before students enter the field, instructors will confirm with the Office of Field Experience that all students have completed the required electronic forms and criminal background check process.
  8. The Office of Field Experience staff will notify course instructors when teacher candidates have been cleared to enter the schools. Students may not participate in a clinical field experience or any other school experience before the Office of Field Experience confirms that they have completed the required procedures.
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Teacher Candidates

  • Write a letter of introduction to cooperating teacher using formal, professional language
  • Dress appropriately and professionally
  • Wear UW-La Crosse name badge
  • Turn off cell phone and/or leave in car
  • Arrive on time
  • Demonstrate courtesy, kindness, and respect to all
  • Sign in and out at the main office, recording times on the UWL form
  • Follow school policies and procedures
  • Participate in building orientation, tour, and other professional opportunities
  • Meet with cooperating teacher/team leaders to exchange contact information and discuss expectations
  • Establish consistent schedule for the semester of 3-4 half days each week
  • Communicate any rare changes in schedule, following the procedure designated by the supervisor
  • Assist with Response to Intervention (RtI) Program
  • Collaborate with cooperating teacher/team leaders to plan and assess lessons and activities to meet district curricular expectations, as well as individual modifications
  • Submit lesson plans to cooperating teacher/team leaders at least two days prior to date of implementation
  • Receive approval of lesson plans from cooperating teacher/team leaders
  • Demonstrate evidence of preparation and prepare materials in advance
  • Teach a minimum of 3-5 lessons with large or small group
  • Reflect on lessons and refine for future instruction, with emphasis on student learning
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor and maintain confidentiality

University Supervisor

  • Establish what each guideline “looks like” for his/her course
  • Ensure that all teacher candidates have name badges (more information here)
  • Reinforce completion of electronic application and criminal background check
  • Communicate with Office of Field Experience to ensure that students have completed all criminal background check requirements before they receive placements
  • Review and approve student letters to cooperating teachers before letters are sent
  • Provide explicit instructions for professionalism, dispositions, courtesies, and procedures
  • Distribute and monitor Student Sign-in Sheets (to be kept in the binder at each placement site)
  • Write and send supervisor letter/email message to cooperating teachers
  • Communicate clinical field experience course expectations and requirements with students and cooperating teachers
  • Maintain frequent communication with cooperating teacher (minimum of three emails)
  • Face-to-face conversations with cooperating teachers
  • Provide guidance for cooperating teachers with training modules, SIPS forms, and procedures
  • Monitor student progress through observations, videos, journals, emails, and provide oral and written feedback
  • Address issues and concerns immediately and directly with teacher candidate and cooperating teacher
  • Communicate concerns to Office of Field Experience and complete the Teacher Candidate Progress Review (TCPR) form at: www.uwlax.edu/soe/facultystaff/tcpr/index.html
  • Meet with teacher candidate and Office of Field Experience as concerns arise
  • Facilitate completion of SIPS form through three-way conference
  • Write remediation plans/interventions for students not meeting proficiency on standards
  • Submit university supervisor observations, final SIPS forms, and action plans electronically to SoE Assessment Coordinator, Katie Hosley-Frieden
  • Collect completed student sign-in sheets, review for signatures, and return to the Office of Field Experience before the date grades are due
  • Complete Travel Expense Report (TER) forms online, print copy, sign, and return to the School of Education. /budgetandfinance/travel/TER.htm
  • After all requirements are met, enter grades on Wings, following instructions provided by Records and Registration

Cooperating Teacher

  • Provide opportunities for teacher candidates to collaborate in planning, implementing, and assessing lessons
  • Include teacher candidates in Response to Intervention Program
  • Communicate clear expectations and share knowledge and expertise
  • Observe instruction and provide feedback including strengths and areas for growth
  • Provide oral and written feedback regarding interactions with students and staff, and other aspects of professionalism
  • Support teacher candidate in developing an accurate and comprehensive understanding of a classroom teacher’s workday, including instructional and non-instructional activities
  • Provide opportunities for teacher candidate to observe other aspects of the teaching profession, including professional learning communities, special education meetings, staff meetings, team meetings, parent conferences, and other experiences as appropriate
  • Communicate and collaborate with university supervisor in addressing concerns and completing final Standards in Practice document
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Early in the semester, you will receive information on pre-student teaching field experiences, including a link to the pre-student teaching electronic application by email. You must complete the electronic application, complete appropriate course/program pre-requisites, and be in good standing in order to be eligible for pre-student teaching field experiences. 

PETE and SHE teacher candidates will receive field experience information from their advisors and program faculty.

 

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Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (EC-MC)

Field Experience Courses

  • ECE 213
  • ECE 327/425
  • EDS 402 (Field I)
  • EDS 445 (Field II)

Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA)

Field Experience Courses

  • EDS 402 (Field I)
  • EDS 445 (Field II)
  • SPE 461/561 (Special Education Minors)

Early Adolescence-Adolescence (EA-A) - STEP

English
Field Experience Courses

  • EDS 351 (Field I)
  • ENG 405 Teaching and Learning (Field II)

Math
Field Experience Courses

  • EDS 351 (Field I)
  • MTH 421 Teaching and Learning (Field II)

Science
Field Experience Courses

  • EDS 351 (Field I)
  • BIO 469 / CHEM 469 / PHY 469 Teaching and Learning (Field II)

Social Studies
Field Experience Courses

  • EDS 351 (Field I)
  • HIS 408 / GEO 408 / POL 408 / SOC 408 / PSY 408 Teaching and Learning (Field II)

Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A)

Art
Field Experience Courses

  • EDS 351 (Field I)
  • EDS 450 (Field II)

Music
Field Experience Courses

  • EDS 351 (Field I)
  • EDS 450 (Field II)

Modern Language
Field Experience Courses

  • EDS 351 (Field I)
  • EDS 450 (Field II)

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
Field Experience Courses

  • ESS 225
  • ESS 322
  • ESS 325

School Health Education (SHE)
Field Experience Courses

  • SHE 310
  • SHE 410
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Teacher Candidate Progress Review (TCPR)

The Teacher Candidate Progress Review (TCPR) Committee is charged with overseeing the development and assessment of knowledge, skills, and dispositions among teacher candidates as assessed by the multiple measures of the established teacher education assessment system.

The faculty and staff (including clinical and student teaching personnel) of the School of Education recognize that all individuals seeking certification may not meet certain minimal professional standards; therefore, a procedure has been established to identify and to counsel candidates in need of directed guidance. Additional measures may be taken if deemed necessary. The referral process may lead to the candidate's removal from the teacher education program(s).

Academic and non-academic misconduct (plagiarism, cheating, etc.) are referred directly to the Office of Student Life as outlined in the university's student handbook.

Student teaching

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Exemplary teacher candidates may apply for out-of-area experiences with the Milwaukee Immersion Experience, Arizona Student Teaching, Educators Abroad, or Wisconsin Improvement Program (WIP) internship experiences. Applications for these programs are part of the student teaching application.  Candidates should indicate their interest in any of these programs when submitting their electronic application. These are all selective / competitive programs, and applicants will be carefully screened and reviewed before being approved. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • References from School of Education faculty
  • Completion of application specific to program of choice (applicants must select one)
  • Signed agreements with the Office of Field Experience and specific program (EA, WIP, Arizona, Milwaukee)
  • Attendance at UW-La Crosse Student Teaching Orientation, edTPA Support Days, and Teacher Employment Seminar

OPTIONS:

UW-Milwaukee Guest Student Teaching/Intern Program

  • One placement for a full semester in an urban setting in the Milwaukee area – Milwaukee Public Schools, Brown Deer, Racine, Waukesha, and West Allis
  • UW-L candidates complete UWL student teaching application and selection process for the Milwaukee candidate pool
  • Culturally diverse, urban teaching experience with evening seminars twice each month
  • Participants are responsible for additional housing and travel costs
  • Participants pay additional program fee of $850 for seminar, supervision, and other costs
  • Candidates must complete a physical, TB, and criminal background check through UWM
  • Limited internships available in some districts – candidates indicate interest and if an internship is not secured, a student teaching placement will be provided in the Milwaukee area
  • Interns pay a $200 course fee, and then are paid a $4500 stipend with $500 professional development funds
  • Interns must hold intern licenses issued by DPI after receiving an offer from a school or district, and interns pay the $75 intern license application fee

WIP-Wisconsin Improvement Program (full semester internship)

  • Full semester, one placement and sites vary each semester
  • UW-L candidates UW-L candidates complete UWL student teaching application and selection process for the internship pool
  • Selected candidates may apply for competitive internships throughout the state, and districts often require a resume, three letters of recommendation, and a cover letter
  • Candidates often need to relocate for the semester
  • Interns pay a $200 course fee, and then are paid a $4500 stipend with $500 professional development funds
  • Interns must hold intern licenses issued by DPI after receiving an offer from a school or district, and interns pay the $75 intern license application fee

Educators Abroad (10-week placement during the second half of the semester)

  • Teacher candidates complete 10-11 weeks of the student teaching semester abroad
  • Placements made in English-speaking schools, following successful completion of first placement stateside
  • Countries and locations vary depending on placement availability, calendars, and other conditions
  • UW-L candidates complete UWL student teaching application and selection process for the Educators Abroad candidate pool
  • Selected participants complete additional applications for Study Abroad and Educators Abroad
  • Selected participants submit required documentation including resume, autobiography, three letters of recommendation, passport, and the $500 placement fee
  • Educators Abroad Student Teaching Program fee - approximately $3,750
  • Additional participant costs for travel, passport, visa, meals, accommodations, insurance, and personal expenses
  • Participants are responsible for additional costs and cancellation fees

Spanish Immersion in Milwaukee Schools (nine-week placement during the second half of the semester)

  • Teacher candidates complete the last nine weeks of the semester in Milwaukee, following successful completion of first placement
  • UW-L candidates complete UWL student teaching application and selection process for the Spanish Immersion Experience candidate pool
  • Primarily for EC-A and MC-EA teacher candidates seeking certification in Spanish
  • Piloted placements at Notre Dame School of Milwaukee
  • Participants are responsible for additional housing and travel costs

Arizona-Fowler School District (nine-week placement during the second half of the semester-usually fall)

  • Teacher candidates complete the last nine weeks of the student teaching semester with Fowler Elementary School District in Phoenix, following successful completion of first placement
  • Placements made in elementary or middle school, depending upon certification needs of teacher candidate
  • UW-L candidates complete UWL student teaching application and selection process for the Arizona Student Teaching candidate pool
  • Participants are responsible for additional housing and travel costs
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Teacher Candidate Progress Review (TCPR)

The Teacher Candidate Progress Review (TCPR) Committee is charged with overseeing the development and assessment of knowledge, skills, and dispositions among teacher candidates as assessed by the multiple measures of the established teacher education assessment system. The faculty and staff (including clinical and student teaching personnel) of the School of Education recognize that all individuals seeking certification may not meet certain minimal professional standards; therefore, a procedure has been established to identify and to counsel candidates in need of directed guidance. Additional measures may be taken if deemed necessary. The referral process may lead to the candidate's removal from the teacher education program(s).

Academic and non-academic misconduct (plagiarism, cheating, etc.) are referred directly to the Office of Student Life as outlined in the university's student handbook.

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