The teacher education program represents a performance-based model in which field experiences are associated with the attendant coursework. Candidates will engage with students in a variety of learning environments that have been pre-screened by course instructors. Candidates observe classrooms and programs that represent a wide range of age levels and settings, and reflect upon their experiences.
As candidates progress through the program, field experiences focus primarily on observing best practice, planning for and delivering instruction to individuals, assessing results of that instruction, and reflecting on their effectiveness. Candidates' experiences increasingly involve learning settings that are more specific to their area of certification, and assignments are designed to support candidate’s development of skills related to differentiation of instruction and meeting the needs of diverse learners.