Field Experiences


Ready to jump in and get to work in the classroom?
Not so fast!

There are two requirements that must be met before our partner schools will open their doors to you.  For important information on your required annual background screening and TB test.

Who arranges my field experiences? What are the specifics?

While you are attending class on campus for the first few weeks of each semester, the Coordinator of Clinical Experiences is busy working with our faculty and partner schools in securing your placement. You will need to complete a Preliminary Application early in your Maryville career.
The field experiences begin in the freshman year and continue each and every semester through student teaching.  By the end of your preparation you will have had extensive classroom experience – over 1200 clock hours!

The schools chosen for placements are:

  • Schools that have a long history of partnering with Maryville and at which we have many graduates of our undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Schools that are chosen as models of best practice.
  • Schools that represent a wide diversity of students.
  • Professional Development Schools where we have established formal renewal relationships.
  • Always accompanied by ongoing supervision by Maryville faculty along with qualified mentor teachers.

For more details see our Field Experiences in Schools.

Rest assured that by the time you complete our program, you will not only have confidence in the classroom, your experiences will speak volumes to principals and HR officials when you interview on Teacher Career Day!

Where is the school at which I have been placed?

Go to the Missouri School Directory to find your school and then use Google Maps or another mapping program to get to your school. But don’t forget to carpool with your fellow students!

We want your feedback!

You are our eyes and ears in the field as you work with our cooperating teachers and partner schools.  Your input is critical to the success of our teacher education program and we want to hear from you.

Please complete an evaluation of your practicum cooperating teacher now.  Click on the link below, complete the form and email it to:  pgreene@maryville.edu  All results will be held in confidence.

Do I have to do more to be officially admitted to the Teacher Education Program now that I have been placed in schools?

Yes, every SOE student must be officially admitted to the Teacher Education Program to continue in education courses and school placements. You should review the requirements as well as the other important information in the Teacher Education Handbook carefully – there’s lots of useful information about many aspects of Maryville’s education program.


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