UW Oshkosh Elementary Education MC–EA major will complete three separate field experiences, gaining hands-on experience teaching in elementary and middle schools.
Early in the education program, Elementary Education MC–EA majors complete a field experience integrated with the course, Sec Ed 432 Middle School Education, to learn more about middle schools and their students.
One semester or one year prior to student teaching, students will complete a clinical experience integrated with methods courses in mathematics, science and social studies.
The clinical experience requires students to observe and assist an elementary teacher 1 1/2 days a week for approximately eight weeks of the semester. During these times, students learn about classroom routines, teaching responsibilities, the needs of elementary learners, and the teaching of mathematics, science and social studies through observations and discussions with their cooperating teachers.
Working with individuals and groups of learners, students often lead classroom routines and curricular activities. Students will prepare mathematics, science and social studies lessons and units, and will spend two full weeks at the end of the semester teaching their lessons. They will then assess the success of their teaching for children’s learning.
The last semester of the education program, students will complete a semester of student teaching. Nine weeks will be spent teaching in a grade 1-5 elementary classroom (different grade level than their clinical experience) and another nine weeks in a middle school placement in which they gain experience teaching their licensable minor.
If a student does not have a licensable minor, they will student teach in one of the four core subjects (language arts, mathematics, science and social studies) at the middle school level.