College of Education and Liberal Arts

Teacher Preparation Undergraduate Field Experience

Research shows quality field experiences best prepare teachers for success in the classroom.  The Teacher Preparation Program offers ample opportunities for field experiences in schools throughout the program. 

Junior Year

During the junior year, 30 hours of observation are required.  Observation hours are as follows:

  • ED 321 – 14 hours Observations
  • ED 311 – 8 hours Observations
  • SPED 410 – 8 hours Observations

Senior Year

Students may complete field experiences in Texas and Arkansas in one of three ways:

1)    Traditional Model – Consecutive Field-Based and Student Teaching Semesters.  Provided the teacher candidate can participate in 72 hours of field-experience over the semester, the candidate may continue their weekly work schedule. See field-based semester expectations below. However, student teachers are placed on campuses and are expected to participate on the campus for full days for 15 weeks following the campus schedule.

2)    In 2014-15!!  Lab School Model - Student may complete a year-long field experience as a Co-teacher with a Master Teacher.  Under this model the teacher candidate will be integrated onto an A&M-Texarkana Lab School campus. The year-long experience will provide the teacher candidate with the most beneficial field experience. Lab School Experiences will be available for juniors in 2013-14 school year!

Field-Based Semester Expectations

All teacher candidates are expected to submit Notice of Intent for Field-Based Semester on TK20 no later than Oct. 1/Mar. 1 the semester prior to beginning Field-Based Semester. Candidates will take the following courses during their Field-Based semester. 

EC- 6 Certifications

Field-Based Semester is 6 hours per week for 12-weeks with following courses: ED 486, ED 487, ED 331.

Student Teaching Semester, candidates following the traditional track will be eligible to complete 15-weeks of Student Teaching upon successful completion of Field-Based Semester.

Secondary Certifications (4-8, 7-12)

Field-Based Semester is 6 hours per week for 12-weeks with following courses: ED 435, ED 331.

Student Teaching Semester, candidates following the traditional track will be eligible to complete 15-weeks of Student Teaching upon successful completion of Field-Based Semester.

Questions? Call 903/223-3044 or email education.department@tamut.edu