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Research shows that the more first-hand classroom experience future teachers have with students prior to student teaching, the better one performs in a student teaching experience.

Pre-student teaching experiences provide the undergraduate and graduate education students with an opportunity to work with children and youth in schools and education-related agencies. A teacher candidate observes, works one-on-one with children, and performs small group reinforcement activities.

The first-hand experiences prepare the teacher candidate with valuable opportunities to plan, instruct, and interact with children. These activities can be used as a series of building blocks as the teacher candidate prepares for one’s upcoming student teaching experiences.

Each of our pre-student teaching candidates, as part of their Medaille program, is required to complete a specific number of field placement hours. The exact number of hours varies from degree program and course. To determine prior hours that may by accepted to fulfill pre-student teaching requirements, refer to the Calculation of Hours Charts for your program.

Specific questions about pre-student teaching hours will be answered by your instructor for the course(s) that require pre-student teaching hours. For general questions, see the Pre-Student Teaching FAQ’s.

All forms for pre-student teaching, including a Pre-Student Teaching Handbook and program specific hours and information can be found in the Pre-Student Teaching Forms.

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