Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Field Experiences

Level 1 and Level 2

Field Experience Coordinators are the liaison between UNI’s Educator Preparation Program and PreK-12 schools. We make approximately 1200 placements each semester (750 local placements) with qualified mentor teachers and provide structured, sequential field experiences in diverse settings. Pre-service teachers are taught to reflect critically on practice through: on-site visits, debriefing conferences, on-campus seminars/courses, teaching and feedback on lesson planning, guidance on future coursework, conversations on career challenges and opportunities, formative assessments on growth, and linkages between theory and practice.


TEACHING 2017. Level 1 Field Experience: Exploring Teaching — 1 hr.

This course provides direct and indirect experiences with K-12 students in area schools, allowing students the opportunity to observe child and adolescent development in context and to learn more about how schools function, teachers' roles and responsibilities, the expectations and requirements of the teaching profession, and current issues in the field. It provides for reflection, self-assessment, and informed decision-making regarding entry into the teacher education program and profession of teaching. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): 2.5 cumulative GPA. Corequisite(s): EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030). (Fall, Spring, Summer)

TEACHING 3128. Level 2 Field Experience: Teacher as a Change Agent — 1 hr.

Field experience in which students are actively involved in preparing and teaching lessons in PK-12 school settings under the close supervision of a mentor teacher and field experience coordinator. In preparing, teaching, and reflecting on their lessons and other experiences, teacher candidates are expected to apply and document their understanding of teaching and learning processes, motivation, assessment, and classroom management. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): TEACHING 2017; EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030); or equivalents. Requires admission to teacher education and 2.50 cumulative GPA. Corequisite(s): EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148); MEASRES 3150 (250:150). (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Level 3

Time and Course: Varies depending on major and associated methods courses.

Elementary: ELEMECML 3120 Elementary Classroom Management, 40-hour, immersive full-week experience, in addition to field experiences associated with other methods courses (more information). Department of Teaching faculty assist with Level 3 placements in local PDS schools and in student teaching centers.

For information about other majors and programs, explore all teaching majors at teach.uni.edu.

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