College of Education and Public Policy

As an education major you will spend many hours in schools before student teaching, which is a strength of our program. 

If you are pursuing a teaching degree or licensure, you are required to participate in the prescribed field experience program. Field experience courses are numbered M101, M201, M301 and M401, and must be taken as shown in the degree requirements.

In the field experience program, you are introduced to teaching, educational concerns, goal setting, and professionalism. This distinctive program provides an organized series of courses designed to integrate all professional education courses with field experiences. The program allows you repeated opportunities to participate with teachers/pupils in classrooms.

Students intending to complete a field experience course, must have an updated criminal history background report prior to starting the experience.  IPFW and each school reserve the right to deny placements based on the report.  A report must be renewed each year. 

Early Childhood

Course Number and Title
Number of hours in Field Placement
EDUC E327 Social Studies and the Family
EDUC E349 Teaching and Learning for All Young Children I: Focus on Birth to Age 3
EDUC M301 Field Experience: B-3
The E327 and E349 courses are taken together and share one field experience which is 30 hours outside course time.
EDUC E352 Teaching and Learning Children Ages 3-5
EDUA F400 Issues in Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health
EDUC M401 Field Experience: Preschool
The E352 and F400 courses are taken together and share one field experience which is 40 hours outside course time.
EDUC M470 Practicum: B-3 (Birth – 5 Program Option Only) 160 hours outside course instruction
EDUC M470 Practicum: 3-5 160 hours outside course instruction
Total amount of Birth-5 option field placement hours, prior to student teaching 390 hours
Total amount of Preschool-Grade 3 option field placement hours, prior to student teaching 230 hours

 

Elementary Education

Course Number and Title
Number of hours in Field Placement
EDUC P250 General Educational Psychology
EDUC M101 Lab/Field Exp
The P250 course requires you to complete 30 hours of field experience outside of course instructional time.
 
EDUA F300 Topical Exploration in Literacy Education
EDUA P315 Child Development
EDUC M301 Lab/Field Experience
The F300 and P315 courses are taken together and share one field experience which is 30 hours outside course time.
Block 2 courses are taken together and share one common field experience. The number of field hours completed outside of course instructional time for the block 2 courses is 78 hours.
Block 3 courses are taken together and share one common field experience. The number of field hours completed outside of course instructional time for the block 3 courses is 156 hours.
The total amount of hours completed in field experiences, prior to student teaching 294 hours

 

Secondary Education

Course Number and Title
Number of hours in Field Placement
EDUC F200  Exam Self as Teacher
EDUC M101 Lab/Field Exp
20 hours outside of course instruction
 
EDUC Gen Edu Psychology
EDUC M201 Lab/Field
30 hours outside of course instruction
All methods courses have a field placement
EDUC P253 Psychology for Secondary Teachers
The methods courses have a 30 hour field placement and the psychology course also has a 30 hour field placement. The methods course and the psychology course are taken together in the fall semester. You are placed in one field experience that is 60 hours outside of both courses instructional time.
The total amount of hours completed in field experiences, prior to student teaching 110 hours