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Clinical Experiences: Field Experiences & Student Teaching

The Office of Clinical Experiences

The Office of Clinical Experiences in the College of Education coordinates the placement of all students in their field experience, student teaching, and counseling practicum and internship placements. Students are encouraged to submit all necessary paperwork as early as possible to ensure a seamless placement process.

FIELD EXPERIENCES

In order to ensure that the College of Education complies with the regulations of the hosting districts all public, charter, and private school placements must be arranged through the Office of Clinical Experiences.

To obtain a placement, students need to bring a valid security clearance card (Miami-Dade County) or badge (Broward County) and a copy of their course schedule to the Office of Clinical Experiences in ZEB 230, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please be aware of the following policies:

  • All placements must be arranged through the Office of Clinical Experiences.
  • All students must be fingerprinted and cleared before beginning field experience hours.
  • Placement requests must be arranged before the mandatory school Orientation.
  • Students must attend Orientation to comply with district and building policies as set forth by the building administrator.
  • Students must demonstrate professional behavior and appropriate attire at all field sites.

Procedures for Field Experience Placements
for Miami-Dade County Schools

If you do not have a valid security clearance card from Miami-Dade County:

  • Obtain information sheet from our office, and complete the fingerprinting process.
  • After being fingerprinted, wait one week and then call our office: 305-348-2082.
  • If you have been cleared, come to our office and receive your security clearance card.
  • Bring your security clearance card and a copy of your current course schedule to our office in order to select a school site from the list of schools posted on bulletin boards outside ZEB 230.
  • Once your school assignment has been confirmed, our office will provide:
    • A placement memo for your assigned school, with a mandatory orientation date
    • An official “Field Experience Attendance Log” for each course that requires field hours.
  • Remember to arrive promptly for the orientation meeting, bring your security clearance card, dress professionally, and maintain scheduled dates and hours as arranged during orientation. Remember that you represent FIU and the College of Education! 

If you do have a valid security clearance card from Miami-Dade County:

  • Bring your security clearance card and a copy of your current course schedule to our office in order to select a school site from the list of schools posted on bulletin boards outside ZEB 230.
  • Once your school assignment has been confirmed, our office will provide:
    • A placement memo for your assigned school, with a mandatory orientation date
    • An official “Field Experience Attendance Log” for each course that requires field hours.
  • Remember to arrive promptly for the orientation meeting, bring your security clearance card, dress professionally, and maintain scheduled dates and hours as arranged during orientation. Remember that you represent FIU and the College of Education!

Procedures for Field Experience Placements
for Broward County Schools


Come to ZEB 230 to pick up the instructions for security clearance and field placements.

You must have your clearance card (Miami-Dade County) or badge (Broward County)
with you for all school visits!

Field Experience Requirements

To meet diversity requirements as mandated by the College of Education and the Florida DOE, you are required to select and experience schools that reflect the cultural and linguistic richness and diversity of South Florida, as well as those that will acquaint you with segments of the population with which you have had little or no previous experience:

  • Select at least ONE school from EACH ZONE for your field experience courses - prior to Student Teaching.
  • Keep a list of these sites – you will need to include them on your student teaching application.
  • Complete and understand the “Demographics Data” section for each selected school on the attendance log.

School Demographic Data
To locate demographic data for your field school, follow these steps . . .

  • Go to the College of Education TaskStream home page (bottom, center),

File Attachments:

  • MDCPS Demographic Data
  • Directions for Using the Demographic Data
  •  Click on  “MDCPS Demographic Data.” Open EXCEL file. 
  • Locate the name of your field experience school site.
  • Check each category for total percentage (%).
    • White Non-Hispanic (White)
    • Black Non-Hispanic (Black)
    • Hispanic
    • Asian / American Indian / Multi-racial
    • Limited English Proficient (LEP) / English Language Learners (ELL)
    • Exceptional Student Education (ESE) / Students with Disabilities (SWD) / Gifted
    • Receiving Free / Reduced Lunch ***
  • Record this information on the reverse side of your green attendance log.

    *** This number is used to determine the school “ZONE” . . .  Zones are based on the percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch at the school.  
80–100%=ZONE 1 (yellow)      45– 79%=ZONE 2 (pink)      0–44%=ZONE 3 (green)

Students are required to experience at least one school – in each of the 3 “zones” – prior to internship!

Please use the “Zone Log” provide in ZEB 230 to record the name of each school you’ve attended – and the “zone” it represents – each semester.  A variety of placements is mandated by the COE and the Florida DOE.

You will be required to provide this information on your Student Teaching application.

STUDENT TEACHING

Application Information for Student Teaching and
School Counseling Practicum & Internship

Students are required to take and pass the Professional Education (PEd), and appropriate Subject Area Exam (SAE) before beginning student teaching placement. Students must provide evidence of passing scores on all required exams by the end of the semester immediately preceding the internship.

All students must meet College Of Education Initial Teacher Education Program (ITEP) admission requirements by March 1st for Fall or July 1st for Spring placements. This includes passing all four (4) parts of the GKT.

APPLY:

FOR FALL SEMESTER:  Jan. 15th through Feb. 1st

 FOR SPRING SEMESTER: May 15th through June 1st

SUBMIT PAPERWORK:

FOR FALL SEMESTER:  Feb. 15th through March 1st

 FOR SPRING SEMESTER: June 15th through July 1st  

Application Process and Deadlines

STEP 1: INITIAL REGISTRATION

Visit ZEB 230 to begin the application process

  1. Bring your valid security clearance card (Miami-Dade County) or badge (Broward County).
  2. Bring a list of schools you’ve attended for field placements (zone log).
  3. Complete a handwritten application.
  4. Sign up for a mandatory COE writing seminar.

 

STEP 2: PLAGIARISM TUTORIAL

Complete the online Plagiarism Tutorial before attending the writing seminar.

  • Go to: http://education.fiu.edu/plagiarism/
  • Follow the directions
  • Complete the quiz
  • Score at least 80%
  • Print a copy of test results (score report)
  • Write your name, Panther ID, and date on the score report
  • Bring the score report to the writing seminar on the scheduled date

STEP 3: PROFESSIONAL WRITING SAMPLE

Teacher Education Professional Writing Sample (Philosophy Statement)
Essay may be reviewed for plagiarism by the Turnitin program through TASKSTREAM.
Using information received at the COE writing seminar, write a professional essay.
Note the following requirements:   

  • Five (5) paragraphs, with an obvious introduction, body (3 paragraphs), and conclusion
  • clearly state one personal educational belief and 3 ways you will implement that belief during your internship. This should be based on the COE Conceptual Framework.
  • Maximum length: one full page (one side)
  • Type in “Arial” or comparable font; single or double spaced
  • Font must be 11 or 12 point; black ink on plain white paper
  • Accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Standard professional (Formal) English
  • Do not include quotes, references, or bibliography
  • Submit to your Faculty Advisor for review at scheduled meeting
  • Upload to TaskStream (for Turnitin Review). You will be provided with a self-enrollment code and be notified if there is a problem. 

STEP 4: APPOINTMENT WITH FACULTY ADVISOR


Schedule an Appointment with your Faculty Advisor

  • Contact your departmental faculty advisor to schedule an appointment to review your student teaching application.
  • Bring the following items to your appointment:
    • ST application (one page)
    • Teacher Education Professional Writing Sample
  • Ask your advisor to review and approve your application and writing sample.
  • Ask him/her to sign the application. 

STEP 5: SUBMISSION PROCESS

Original ST Application Packet (Assemble in this order):

  • Original ST application
  • Original (purple) writing seminar “Certificate of Completion”
  • Writing Sample (one page)

Make three (3) Additional Packets:  Copies must be clear & clean! DO NOT SCAN

  • Copy of ST application
  • Copy of Writing Sample

Submit to ZEB 230 by March 1st for Fall Semester and July 1st for Spring Semester.

  • Original ST application packet signed by your Faculty Advisor
  • One (1) additional packet
  • One (1) photo (2" by 2") for your ST file

Keep one (1) packet for your records.

Give one (1) packet to your faculty advisor for department records.

Student Teaching Checklist

1. Have valid security clearance from the appropriate district

  • Clearance card for Miami-Dade County Schools
  • Badge for Broward County Schools

2. Meet Initial Teacher Education Program admission requirements

  • Official score report for ALL 4 parts of the GKT must be received by FIU prior to submitting ST application
  • Complete paperwork with Academic Advisor in ZEB 220

3. Complete ST application in ZEB 230

4. Pass COE online Plagiarism tutorial with 80% or higher

5. Attend mandatory COE Writing Seminar

6. Get application packet approved by your Faculty Advisor

7. Submit faculty-approved paperwork to ZEB 230

  • By March 1st for FALL SEMESTER
  • By July 1st for SPRING SEMESTER

8. Complete ALL lower division courses before ST

9. Complete ALL program courses before ST

  • Grade of “C” or higher
  • “IN” grades are not acceptable

10. Meet Student Teaching FTCE Requirement

  • Official score report for ALL 4 parts of the GKT is required for COE Initial Teacher Education Program admission.
  • Official score report for the Subject Area Exam (SAE) & the Professional Education Exam (PEd) MUST be submitted before beginning Student Teaching.
    • August 15 for FALL Semester
    • December 15 for Spring Semester