Our field experience program pairs volunteer mentor teachers from local public and private schools with our students. The experience allows students to explore the teaching profession in greater depth by applying their course knowledge in practical settings. For many students, this is the highlight of their participation – developing connections with local schools, and reflecting on their professional goals and emerging teacher identity. Additional volunteer and employment opportunities in education are often available.
I loved the real experiences of creating lesson plans and activities that we could use in our future classes. I created a literature unit for a third grade class that I was able to adapt for the kids I teach now. I'll often meet for coffee with my mentors, who I now consider friends and colleagues. We exchange stories and ideas.”
Nicole Wickstrom, MA '13