Student teaching expanding section
When should I student teach? expanding section

Please keep in frequent communication with your academic advisor to plan your program completion. Student teaching occurs during the final semester of study. All course, program, and testing requirements must be successfully completed before candidates are eligible for student teaching.. Student Teaching/Intern Information Meetings will be held each semester, prior to Application Day. Candidates are required to attend the information meeting one year (two semesters) before the expected student teaching semester.  Attendance at the information meeting qualifies a candidate to submit an application for student teaching.

How do I apply for student teaching? expanding section

Candidates are expected to attend the Student Teaching/Intern Information Meeting one year (two semesters) prior to student teaching to receive the most current information regarding the application procedure. All candidates must complete the application and agree to comply with the terms stated in the application in order to be placed for student teaching. All course, program, and testing requirements must be successfully completed prior to student teaching. 

What if I want to take an evening class during student teaching? expanding section

Candidates are expected to have all course, program, and testing requirements successfully completed prior to student teaching. While permission may be granted under extenuating circumstances to take a course concurrent with student teaching, it is in your best interest to successfully complete all coursework prior to student teaching due to the rigors of the full-time student teaching experience. Candidates will have meetings and other responsibilities after school hours. In addition, placement locations vary and are made within a 50-mile radius of UWL, which may make it difficult to meet the attendance requirements for b

What if I have an underage drinking citation or a criminal charge? expanding section

Candidates who have received citations or charges are required to disclose this information even if they think the charges were dismissed. This information is often reported on the online national criminal background check candidates are required to complete prior to participating in a field experience. Candidates are expected to report citations and charges consistently when completing the forms as required throughout the program of study.

What if I don't disclose a criminal charge and something shows up on the national criminal background check? expanding section

In the event the background check discloses criminal activity or information the candidate has failed to report, the candidate may be required to meet with the Director and/or Assistant Director of the Office of Field Experience to discuss the discrepancy. The result of this discussion may alter or terminate the candidate's participation in a field experience or student teaching assignment.

When do I complete the online criminal background check? expanding section

All candidates must complete the designated criminal background checks prior to entering the schools for each clinical experience. This is a requirement of the school placement sites, and it is the candidate's responsibility to follow the instructions and complete the process by the dates specified.  Candidates are responsible for all costs associated with the criminal background checks.  Prior to student teaching, candidates must complete a final criminal background check.  Candidates may not report to schools until they have been cleared through the Office of Field Experience.

What do I do if I receive a citation or criminal charge after completing my student teaching application or during my student teaching/intern experience? expanding section

Candidates are required to notify the Office of Field Experience as soon as possible, but no later than the next day they are expected to attend the student teaching or intern placement, when they have received any new charges or citations, or are being investigated by any governmental agency for any act or offense. Failure to do so may result in termination from participation in field experience or student teaching placements.

I tried to register for my student teaching/intern experience and it won't let me register. Why not? expanding section

Candidates will be registered for student teaching/ internship and seminar credits by the School of Education. Candidates need to ensure they have no holds on their accounts in order to be registered for the student teaching semester(s).

When will I receive my student teaching placement? expanding section

Securing student teaching placements is a complex process and most placements will be completed by the end of the semester prior to the candidate's student teaching experience. Placements are subject to change and some certification areas may be more difficult to arrange, which may result in later confirmation dates. Candidates will be notified of confirmed placements via email by the Office of Field Experience.

Where will I be placed for student teaching? expanding section

Candidates are generally placed in schools within a 50-mile radius of La Crosse. Candidates are asked to provide specific information, preferences, and special considerations on the application, which are considered when arranging placements with schools requesting student teachers that particular semester.  Candidates are NOT permitted to arrange their own placements in any way - to do so is a direct violation of SoE policy and could result in dismissal from the prog

Are there other placement options? expanding section

Exemplary teacher candidates may apply for out-of-area experiences with the Institute for Urban Education in Milwaukee, 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 applications on Student Teaching Application Day. These are all selective / competitive programs, and applicants will be carefully screened and reviewed before being approved. Information about these experiences will be provided at the Student Teaching/Intern Information meetings and online at the SoE website in addition to option-specific information meetings held just prior to the placement semester.

What if I want to be placed with a specific teacher or school? expanding section

Please indicate your preferences on the application so that requests may be considered. Candidates are not allowed to arrange their own placements in any way, and policies prohibit candidates from contacting schools, principals, or teachers in an effort to obtain a placement. All placement contacts must be made through the Office of Field Experience.  Ignoring this policy could result in dismissal from the School of Education.

What if I don't have a car? expanding section

Candidates are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from schools. The Office of Field Experience will strive to facilitate carpooling for those candidates who do not have transportation. Limited placements may be possible within walking distance or on the bus line.

May I work during student teaching? expanding section

Student teaching is a full-time responsibility. Candidates are highly discouraged from working during their student teaching semester in order to devote time, attention, and energy to meeting the high demands of the experience. It is expected that student teachers will spend many hours beyond the school day reflecting, evaluating, and preparing for instruction as well as completing the edTPA assessment.

May I be placed in the same school as my children or other family members expanding section

No, candidates generally benefit most from being placed in a neutral setting and the policy is to place candidates in settings where they are free to learn and do not have any additional advantage or disadvantage that may come from connections to family members.

May I be placed at a school that I attended or one from which I graduated? expanding section

The Office of Field Experience is required to provide neutral settings and diverse learning experiences for all teacher candidates. Candidates will generally be placed in a different school than the ones they attended.

When will I start my student teaching/intern experience? expanding section

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) stipulates that all student teachers and interns must student teach or intern full days for a full semester according to the placement school calendar  in order to be certified in Wisconsin. Candidates are expected to follow the same schedule and calendar as the cooperating teacher they are placed with, including all in service days at the beginning of the semester and any other meetings. Student teachers are also encouraged to meet their cooperating teachers before the semester and assist with room set-up and preparation prior to the semester.

How do I know when my school begins the semester? expanding section

As soon as you receive your placement, please access the school calendar on the district website and make note of all important dates. Your next step is to contact your cooperating teacher with your introductory letter, and inquire about in service dates and a time to meet prior to the student teaching experience.

Am I finished student teaching after commencement? expanding section

No, the university calendar does not coincide with host school calendars, and student teachers/interns are required to complete the semester of the host school. School calendars vary, although the fall semester usually ends the third week of January and spring semester usually ends in early to mid-June, depending on school vacations, snow days, and other factors. Degrees are not awarded during the University commencement ceremony.

Who should I contact if I have more questions about student teaching experiences? expanding section


ECMC/MCEA 
Field Experience Coordinator: Lindsey Butts

EC-A, EA-A, Out of Area
Field Experience Coordinator: Cindy Duley

Office of Field Experience
1209 Centennial Hall
email 
soefieldexp@uwlax.edu 

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When should I apply for my pre-student teaching field experiences? expanding section

Please keep in frequent communication with your advisor to determine the best time to apply for each of your pre-student teaching field experiences. All field course prerequisites must be met before you are eligible for any field experience, and many are taken concurrently with courses that carry their own pre-requisites.  Field II experience should be taken the semester prior to Student Teaching.  Field I experience is typically taken one to two semesters prior to Field II experience. 

PETE and SHE teacher candidates do not complete a separate field experience application.

How do I apply for pre-student teaching field experiences? expanding section

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.

When should I enroll in my pre-student teaching field experiences? expanding section

Once your application has been submitted, your eligibility and enrollment will be confirmed by the Office of Field Experience.  Your registration for your pre-student teaching field experience and any concurrent methods courses will be completed for you.  You will need to register for your remaining classes in WINGS.

PETE and SHE teacher candidates will register for field experience classes along with their other courses.

I tried to register for my pre-student teaching field experience and it won’t let me register. Why not? expanding section

You will be automatically registered for your pre-student teaching field experience course if you have completed the pre-student teaching application survey and have been found to be eligible to be enrolled. Your registration for your pre-student teaching field experience and any concurrent methods courses will be completed for you. You will need to register for your remaining classes in WINGS. 

Please be sure that there are no holds on your account in order to be registered for your field experience.

PETE and SHE courses will be open and teacher candidates may register for their field experience courses on their own.

When will I receive my pre-student teaching field experience placement? expanding section

Pre-student teaching field experience placements will be announced by the end of the semester prior to your pre-student teaching field experience semester. Placements are subject to change if necessary.

How much time do I need to allow in my schedule for the pre-student teaching field experience? expanding section

You should plan to reserve a minimum of 3 mornings or 3 afternoons throughout the semester for participation in your pre-student teaching field experience. Specific times and days depend on the program and school site.  Your pre-student teaching field experience instructor will share specific information with you.  You should also meet with your advisor, who will be able to share more details about the time requirements for your program.

What if I have a schedule change after completing the electronic survey? expanding section

Please notify the Office of Field Experience as soon as possible with any schedule changes.  Your Field Experience Coordinator (Lindsey Butts for EC-MC and MC-EA; Cindy Duley for EC-A, EA-A, and out of area experiences) will be in contact with you if necessary to make adjustments.

In what school will I be placed? expanding section

Placement locations vary by program, pre-student teaching field experience level, and availability. Teacher candidates are generally placed in schools within a 50-mile radius of La Crosse. You will be asked to provide specific information and special considerations on the electronic application, including access to transportation.  This information is used in making placements.

What if I want to be placed with a specific teacher or school? expanding section

Please indicate your preferences on the electronic application and requests will be considered, although not guaranteed. Teacher candidates may not arrange their own placements, or contact schools, principals, or teachers in an effort to obtain a placement.

What if I don’t have a car? expanding section

You are responsible for providing your own means of transportation to and from schools. The Office of Field Experience will strive to facilitate carpooling for those teacher candidates who do not have transportation. Limited placements may be possible within walking distance or on the bus line.

What if I have a job and my pre-student teaching field experience conflicts with my work hours? expanding section

Please be sure to enter your work hour information in the electronic application. While the Office of Field Experience will endeavor to accommodate your needs, accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Pre-student teaching field experiences and student teaching are one of the most important parts of your journey to becoming a teacher. These experiences prepare you for your future role as an educator. As such, these experiences are expected to be prioritized.

May I be placed in the same school as my children or other family members? expanding section

No, you may not be placed in the same school as your children or other family members. You must disclose these potential conflicts of interest on your electronic pre-student teaching field experience application.

May I be placed at a school that I graduated from, attended, or worked? expanding section

No, this is considered to be a conflict of interest for the school as well as the teacher candidate. You will be placed in a different school than those from which you graduated, attended, or worked.

What if I have an underage drinking citation or a criminal charge? expanding section

If you have received citations or charges, you are required to disclose this information in the first section of the electronic application, even if the charges  were dismissed. Previous citations and charges do not automatically exclude you from participating in pre-student teaching field experiences. As this information often shows up on the online national criminal background check, we encourage you to be forthcoming about any potential findings.

What if I don’t disclose a criminal charge and something shows up on the national criminal background check? expanding section

In the event the background check discloses criminal activity or information that you have failed to report, you will be required to meet with the Office of Field Experience to discuss the discrepancy. The result of this discussion may or may not alter or terminate your participation in a field experience or student teaching assignment, depending on the activity.

When do I complete the online criminal background check? expanding section

All teacher candidates must complete the designated criminal background checks prior to entering a school for their first pre-student teaching field experience or other school experience.

This is a requirement of the school placement sites/school districts, 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.

Prior to student teaching, teacher candidates must complete a second designated criminal background check if more than one year has passed since their last criminal background check.

Instructions will be sent by email to those who are scheduled to complete the background check during the month prior to the beginning of the first day of

Do I have to complete another criminal background check if I have had one done somewhere else? expanding section

Yes. Criminal background records cannot be shared between agencies, or even between school districts. The Office of Field Experience is required to keep each teacher candidate’s records on file.

 

What do I do if I receive a citation or criminal charge after completing the application or during a pre-student teaching field experience? expanding section

If you have received any new charges or citations, or are being investigated by any governmental agency for any act or offense, you are required to notify the Office of Field Experience as soon as possible, but no later than the next day that you are expected to be at your school site. Failure to do so may result in removal from your pre-student teaching field experience placement.