“Important


Field Experiences in Schools


Maryville’s School of Education provides more extensive and intensive experiences in schools than just about any other university.  This chart summarizes experiences for traditional undergraduates in early childhood, elementary, and middle school education programs. Art and secondary education programs follow the freshman and sophomore experiences (sometimes during junior year) and then the senior experiences (omitting the junior year experiences listed below). Post-baccalaureate certification students follow a somewhat modified schedule. See your specific degree planning sheet for details of your expected experiences in schools.

Field Experiences

Year/ semester Courses
(varies by major)
Field Experiences in Schools Days/week Hours/ Sem.
Freshman Intro to Schooling Observations in 6-8 different schools One ½ day 21
Sophomore fall Development, School & Society, supervised Practicum Placement in school for entire year; observations, interviews, small group lessons, tutoring, Street Project Two ½ days 70
Sophomore spring Development II, math methods, supervised Practicum Placement in same school; observations, interviews, small & large group lessons, tutoring, lesson planning Two ½ days 70
Junior fall Reading, science, & health methods, supervised Practicum Placement in school for entire year; observations, interviews, large group lessons, tutoring, case study, health audit Two ½ and one whole day 160
Junior spring Reading, LA, child literature methods, supervised Practicum Placement in same school; observations, interviews, large group lessons, tutoring, reading student intervention, mini-assessment project Two ½ and one whole day 150
Senior fall Aug. Exp., Arts, Social Studies methods, Except. Child, supervised Practicum Start year full time in student teaching placement (30 hrs) + additional visits; Placement in same or another site for observations, interviews, large group lessons, tutoring Full time first 3+ weeks, then two ½ days+ 90
Senior spring Student teaching & seminar Move from partial to full responsibility for instruction, minimum 2 weeks entire responsibility, teacher performance assessment, portfolio Full time 640

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 information email us at teachered@maryville.edu or call 314-529-9581.


Back to Top