Field Experience and Student Teaching Updates

This page is dedicated to updates regarding Field Experience and Student Teaching Placements during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Virtual Field Experience

Education leaders and TEP faculty have been working through the summer on a plan for all TEP methods courses that require field experiences. The following is aligned with the current state directives from the Governor’s Office, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) rules and guidance, U of I System Office, and Return to the Prairie, which we realize could change as the COVID-19 situation progresses. Our goal is to ensure that you all are safe during this COVID-19 pandemic as you continue your programs to become teachers.

Based on K12 school plans, field experiences will not be possible in K12 classrooms.  Instead, all field experiences connected to UIS methods courses will be virtual and you will not be receiving a placement in a K12 classroom.  If you have been working with Kim Sepich on placements, those will no longer be needed; in fact, schools have been contacting us to indicate that the field placements will not be possible based on their back-to-school plans. Instructors have developed alternative assignments and experiences that will ensure that you meet the student learning outcomes that result from traditional field experiences.  The virtual field experiences will be outlined in your course syllabi.

We thought you would want to know this ahead of the start of the semester.  Thank you for your patience as we plan for the ever-changing guidelines at the state, UIS, and K12 school levels. Your instructors will be able to answer any questions you have about virtual field experiences once classes start.

(updated July 29, 2020)