of Secondary Education
It is the belief of faculty members of the Secondary
Education Department that field experiences are a vital part
of teacher preparation programs and that appropriate, well-supervised
experiences are prerequisites to quality preparation and successful
Early field experiences for USF students begin
in the freshman or sophomore year when students take an Introduction
to Education course. Subsequently, from their junior year
until the final internship, students will participate in multiple
experiences and varied sequences of field experiences in Curriculum
and Instruction, methods, practicum and ESOL courses.
Early Field Experiences
Early field experiences is a team effort between USF College of Education and Clinical Faculty Members in the school districts. Students must meet the early field experiences requirement outlined by the program faculty.
Partner School Districts
Criminal Background Check
As a result of the Jennifer Lunsford Act (1012.465 F. S.), any student participating in field experiences that involve direct contact with students or exceeds 15 hours is required to undergo a criminal background check. This procedure varies by school district.
Therefore, it is important for you to assess your ability to meet this requirement. If you have ever been arrested for, pleaded nolo contendere to, or been convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor or felony, we encourage you to verify your ability to work with public school students prior to enrolling in coursework. This will provide time to change your major if there is anything in your background that would prevent you from completing course and/or degree requirements.
If you are sure that you have never been arrested for, pleaded nolo contendere to, or been convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor or felony, then you can complete the process
- prior to the semester in which you will take a course with a field experience component,
- at the beginning of the semester in which you will take a course with a field experience component, or
- as directed by faculty members in your program area.
For information about the criminal background check, please contact the field placement coordinator for the Department of Secondary Education.
Final Field Experience (Internships)
During the final field experience, students enroll in a seminar that provides them a venue to interact with each other and create a professional community of challenge and support during internship semester. Specific assignments provide the interns with the opportunities to explore and reflect upon knowledge gained in coursework and through experiences in internship. Students will share samples of their work with one another. The course culminates in the completion of an analysis of intern impact on student work, as well as a professional portfolio illustrating capacities and dispositions required by the Secondary Education Programs.