We are proud of our field-based teacher preparation program and believe that through these experiences our students make a more successful transition from student to being a beginning teacher. The field experiences are integrated throughout the teacher preparation program so there are ample opportunities to use theories and methods taught on campus being applied in a K-12 classroom setting.
The Co-Teaching model for field experiences is a model that has been embraced by our teacher education program because of the benefits it gives to the college student, the cooperating teacher, and ultimately the children in the K-12 classrooms. The field experiences for practicum students are based locally. For student teaching, teacher candidates may stay within Montana or may go out-of-state, as well as internationally. We encourage a 14 week placement for student teaching, which provides the most benefits for our students.
Whether you are a practicum student in your methods courses or a teacher candidate ready to student teach, you will be given a cooperating teacher with a minimum of three years of teaching experience, as well as a field supervisor to assist you.
We wish you success as you enter a more challenging phase of your teacher education program and look forward to working with you until you become a licensed teacher.
All the best,
John A. Melick, M.Ed.
Director of Field Placement and Licensure