Overview of Field Experiences
All Penn State candidates for teacher certification (PK-4, 4-8, 7-12, and K-12) are required to observe and teach in settings that include diverse populations, students with special needs, and students of different ages as an integral part of the undergraduate education major. These experiences are referred to as field experiences. All field experiences are handled through the Curriculum and Instruction Field Experience (CIFE) Office.
Students also have the opportunity for student teaching experiences through the Professional Development School which is a partnership with the State College Area School District. Visit the PDS website for more details on this program.
General Timeline for Field Experience Courses
- Early field experience (C I 295 and 295 A/B) occurs typically during semesters 3 or 4 (No application necessary)
- Middle field experience (C I 495 A/B/C) occurs typically during semesters 6 or 7 (online application necessary)
- Student teaching practicum (C I 495D/F or E) occurs typically during semesters 7 or 8 (online application necessary)
Application for Field Experience Courses
There are multiple options when it comes to field experience opportunities. Students can apply to schools in Central Pennsylvania, Greater Pittsburgh, or Greater Philadelphia. There are also study and teach abroad opportunities available. Certain disciplines may have restrictions. Be sure to check with the CIFE office or the for all of the details.
Find out more about study abroad opportunities through Global PSU.