Field Experiences

Field Experiences (Labs and Student Teaching)
Students seeking elementary education certification conduct three pre-student teaching labs (EDU 4016, EDU 4036, and EDU 4056) and a full-time, fourteen-week student or intern teaching experience (EDU 4215) during their program at Saint Joseph's University.

Since students in this program are teaching full-time, they can complete these labs in their own school. The Instructor of the course to which the lab is linked will give assignments for the labs.

Students taking the labs in the summer and unable to complete them in a school at that time will be given an “In Progress” grade until they are able to complete the labs in the following Fall Semester.

Students planning to conduct student/intern teaching in the Fall Semester should submit a completed application to the Office of Student Teaching and Field Experiences by the previous December 15th. Students planning to conduct student/intern teaching in the Spring Semester should submit a completed application to the Office of Student Teaching and Field Experiences by the previous April 15th.

Students must obtain Pennsylvania criminal (Act 34) and child abuse (Act 51) background clearances prior to conducting labs and student teaching. To obtain clearance forms on-line, click here.

To obtain a copy of the Graduate Elementary Education Lab Manual, click here.

Please note: The State Board of Education adopted changes that affect all of PA’s teacher certification programs by adding 9 credits or 270 hours or equivalent combination for adaptations and accommodations for diverse students in an inclusive setting and 3 credits or 90 hours or equivalent combination to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learners. These new regulations should be incorporated into all teacher education programs that prepare preservice teachers to be certified by January 1, 2013. The Department of Education at Saint Joseph’s University is making changes to comply with these new requirements and, therefore, additional program requirements will be developed and incorporated to our certification in the 2008-09 academic year.

For more information regarding field experiences contact:

Ms. Renee Langmuir
Director, Student Teaching and Field Experiences
Phone: 610-660-3438
Fax: 610-660-3068
Email: rlangmui@sju.edu