Providing students with exceptional opportunities to gain hands-on, real-world experiences is a cornerstone of the School of Education training across our departments and programs. Through these experiential learning opportunities – both inside and outside of the classroom – our students build the skills necessary for success in their careers.
Students across our departments have tremendous opportunities for internships, practicums, and applied field experiences. These opportunities come in a variety of forms, including the Teacher Education Fellows program, student teaching, graduate program placements, and study abroad programs. Indeed, students in our teacher preparation programs benefit from over 1,000 hours of field-based experiences prior to graduating. Similarly, students enrolled in our graduate programs benefit from extensive practical experiences engaging in cutting-edge research and working with professional organizations across the region and the nation.
Hands-on learning is also woven throughout the student learning experience of in-class coursework. Students from the Department Teacher Education and Higher Education and the Department of Specialized Education Services complete class projects and research their own interests through the SELF Design Studio, a makerspace devoted to training teachers how to integrate technology and innovation into K-12 settings. In the Department of Educational Research Methodology, training in evaluation, assessment, and data analysis is provided by having students work on real analysis and evaluation contracts secured through our Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS). Students in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development gain real-world experience working with clients in the Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic, which is a world-class facility for supervising students in the Counseling programs. These are just a few of the many examples of our commitment to offering our students real-world learning opportunities throughout the curriculum.