School of Education
Field Experience Guidelines
Prior to Admission to the Program
Suggested Experiences with Children and/or Adolescents for Applicants to the LSSU Teacher Education Program.
To fulfill the mandatory LSSU Teacher Education admissions requirement of meaningful experience with children and/or adolescents, prospective teacher education students are urged to volunteer or seek employment at organizations such as the following:
- Camp Counseling
- Nature Center Volunteer
- Arts and Crafts Instructor
- Latch Key Programs
- Recess Monitors
- After-School Enrichment Programs
- Group tutoring under a supervisor
- Docent for Children and/or Adolescents
- Teaching/tutoring Assistant in Art Education Classes with Children and/or Adolescents
- Science Museum Volunteer
- Girl Scouts/ Boy Scouts
- Religious Education Instructor
- Day Care Center
- Girls’ and Boys’ Clubs
A minimum of eighty (80) clock hours of experience working with children and/or adolescents ages 5-19 in non-custodial group activities is required for formal admission to the LSSU Teacher Education Program (a group is defined as 3 or more individuals).
This work is documented on the Summary of Teaching/Child-Related Experience, and may include field experience hours completed in EDUC 250. This experience must be both recent and relevant: 60 hours can be completed in 3 years preceding formal application; 20 hours must be completed within the calendar year prior to application. Parenting, babysitting, and being a nanny are custodial activities and will not apply toward the 80 hours.