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The "Field Experience" page contents:
  • Teacher Education Field Experience
  • Graduate Teacher Field Experience
  • Counseling Field Experience
  • Special Education Field Experience
EDU 201: Principles of Teaching - 9 clock hours required; this is the first observation experience; students observe 3 hours each at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
 
EDU 312: Exceptional Child/Youth in the Regular Classroom - 30 clock hours required; Students tutor children/youth on primarily a one-on-one basis; focus is upon exceptional children.
 
EDU 330: Developmental Reading - 20 clock hours required; students work primarily with groups of children using course materials; focus is entirely upon reading/language arts.
 
EDU 334/335: Strategies for Teaching Reading - 20 clock hours required; students tutor individual children in reading; also work with groups of children; required to construct and use reading aids/bulletin boards/activities.
 
EDU 349: Urban Experience - 60 clock hours required; this is an independent experience in an urban School focusing on predetermined criteria; students will meet with the instructor prior to, During, and following the experience; written assignments will accompany this field placement; placement involves observation, tutoring, small group instruction, and a great deal of reflection and self-assessment.
 
EDU 351: Educational Psychology - 20 clock hours required; students observe theory being put into practice; interview the classroom teacher; tutor individual or small groups of children/youth.
 
EDU 360: Education Practicum - 100 clock hours required; this is a pre-student teaching experience which allows prospective teachers the opportunity to work with large groups of students; students will actually teach three lessons to the whole class; the expectation is that candidates will work closely with the classroom teachers and have as many experiences to prepare them for student teaching as possible (creating bulletin boards, administering spelling tests, working with cooperative learning groups, etc.).
After initial certification, the state of Michigan requires teachers to complete continuing education in order to keep their certification current. At the level of certification renewal and additional endorsements, field experiences can vary significantly from course to course, but often focus on application of theory and strategies to actual cases of students in PreK-12 classrooms. Graduate Teacher Education courses that feature significant amounts of field experiences include:
 
TED 534 Strategies for Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
 
TED 535 Strategies for Teaching Reading through the Content Areas in the Secondary School
 
TED 549 Practicum in Urban Education
 
TED 551 Advanced Educational Psychology
 
TED 623 Observation, Analysis, and Affective Learning Experiences for Young Children
 
TED 635 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties and Differentiated Instruction
 
TED 644 Integrated Language Arts and Reading Curriculum in the Middle Level
 
TED 650 Second Language Acquisition
 
TED 655 Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages I: Introduction
 
TED 656 Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages II: Continued
 
TED 678 Reading Practicum and Seminar
 
TED 690 Reflective Teaching Practicum and Seminar
The mission of the Graduate College is to help students integrate theory into practice.  The CED faculty adheres to an experiential curriculum model and expects students to actively participate in the development of counseling skills and knowledge.  Many courses require field work including the following

CED 601 Orientation to Professional Counseling

CED 610 Career Development
 
CED 620 Addiction and the Addiction Process
 
CED 630 School Counseling
 
CED 650 Crisis Intervention Counseling
 
CED 662 Psychology Over the Life Span
 
CED 667 Analysis and Appraisal
 
CED 668 Advanced Analysis and Appraisal in counseling
 
CED 696 Consulting Theory and Practice
 
Final culminating CED field work experience courses are
  • CED 678 Counseling Field Practicum (100 hours of field work required)
  • CED 679 Counseling Internship (600 hours of field work required).
Both courses require that students work under the supervision of a counseling professional.

FIELD EXPERIENCES:

The special education program is heavily based in field experiences illustrating the balance of theory into practice. Field hours for special education are in addition to the required hours for the general education courses. Some courses have field activities, but the following core special courses have field experiences and hours to fulfill:

Core Special Education Courses

SED 312 Introduction to Special Education

Semester hours: 3

Field Experience: 30 clock hours in a classroom with students with learning disabilities. This can be in a resource room, self-contained classroom, or inclusion classroom. Students tutor individual children/youth. Students spend a minimum of 15 hours in a special education classroom and 5 hours in an inclusion setting. 

SED 342 Parent-School Partnership: Special Education

Semester hours: 2

Field experience: 10 clock hours working with a family. Observing the interaction of the family, interviewing the family, and developing a family plan related to the IEP are some of the field activities. This can be MAPS or another family planning model. 

SED 343 Assessment And Evaluation Of Students With Disabilities 

Semester hours: 3

Field Experience: 10 clock hours in face-to-face assessment time in a K-12 school. Six of the hours must be spent in individual assessment and four hours in group assessment.  At least one assessment must be from the elementary level and at least one assessment from the secondary level.

SED 349 Special Education in an Urban Setting

Semester hours: 1  

Field Experience: 20 clock hours completing field activities in a special education classroom in an urban setting teaching both small and large group lessons. This course is taken during the junior year and placements are made directly into classrooms concurrently with EDU 349.

SED 351 Behavior Management

Semester hours: 2

Field Experience: 10 clock hours working closely with the classroom teacher in developing behavior plans for managing individual, small group, or large group behavior in a special education classroom. This course is taken during the junior year concurrently with EDU 351.

EDU 334 Strategies For Teaching Reading In The Elementary School

Semester hours: 3

Field Experience: 20 clock hours where students will use and apply course materials with K-8 students. Students instruct children in reading using a variety of method and techniques. Students will demonstrate their understanding of strategies for creating interactive, child-centered classrooms that facilitate the construction of meaning from a literacy perspective. 

EDU 335: Strategies For Teaching Reading Through The Content Areas In The Secondary School.

Semester hours: 3

Field Experience: 20 clock hours where students will use and apply course materials with secondary level students. Using the content areas, the university student will instruct the student in reading skills. A variety of content areas will be used. The student will use materials appropriate for age and reading level.

SED 344 Early Childhood and Special Education

Semester Hours: 3

Field Experience: Twenty hours of field experience in a special needs or inclusion program is required. During the field hours observation and interactions occur in a one-on-one manner. A case study is then developed based on the experience.

Field Experiences Specific to the Learning Disabilities Program:

SED 334: Strategies For Teaching Reading to Students with Learning Disabilities 

Semester hours: 1

Field experience: 10 clock hours teaching reading to students identified with a learning disability. Students teach individual students and small groups in reading skills. This course is taken concurrently with EDU 335 or EDU 334.

SED 361 Introduction to Learning Disabilities

Semester hours: 3

Field Experience: 30 clock hours observing, tutoring and instructing of children with learning disabilities in a classroom setting. The instruction must be for a minimum of five consecutive lessons in each of three skill areas, i.e. math, reading, written expression. Lessons plans are to be approved by the cooperating teacher before lessons begin.

SED 362 Methods And Strategies For Teaching Children With Learning Disabilities

Semester hours: 4

Field Experience: 30 clock hours in a learning disabilities setting. If the field experience in SED 361 Introduction to Learning Disabilities course was in an elementary setting, the field experience in this methods course must be either a middle grades or secondary setting. After being assigned a group of students, the candidate will develop, implement, and evaluate 5 sequential lessons in two skill areas and one social skill or one study skill area.  The lessons may be designed for individual, small group or large group. The cooperating teacher must approve the lessons prior to teaching.

Field Experiences Specific to the Cognitive Impairment Program:

SED381 Nature And Need For Individuals Cognitive Impaired

Semester hours: 3

Field Experience: 30 clock hours observing, tutoring and instructing of children with learning disabilities in a classroom setting. The instruction must be for a minimum of five consecutive lessons in each of three skill areas, i.e. math, reading, written expression. Lessons plans are to be approved by the cooperating teacher before lessons begin.

SED382 Methods And Strategies For Teaching Individuals With Mild cognitive

Impairment

Semester hours: 2

Field Experience: 20 clock hours in a setting for students with mild cognitive impairment. If the field experience in SED381 Nature And Need For Individuals Cognitive Impaired course was in an elementary setting, the field experience in this methods course must be either a middle grades or secondary setting. After being assigned a group of students, the candidate will develop, implement, and evaluate 5 sequential lessons in two skill areas and one social skill or one daily living skills skill area.  The lessons may be designed for individual or small group. The cooperating teacher must approve the lessons prior to teaching. 

SED383 Methods And Strategies For Teaching Individuals With Mild cognitive

Impairment

Semester hours: 2

Field Experience: 20 clock hours in a setting for students with mild cognitive impairment.

After being assigned a group of students, the candidate will develop, implement, and evaluate 5 sequential lessons in two skill areas in two different domains.  The lessons may be designed for individual or small group. The cooperating teacher must approve the lessons prior to teaching. 

SED385 Strategies For Fundamental Reading and Functional reading

Semester hours: 2

Field experience: 15 clock hours teaching reading to students identified with a cognitive impairment. Students teach individual students and small groups in reading skills related to functional living and functional living.