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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:

 Recreational:

  • Camp Counseling
  • Coaching
  • Nature Center Volunteer
  • Arts and Crafts Instructor

 Schools:

  • Latch Key Programs
  • Recess Monitors
  • After-School Enrichment Programs
  • Group tutoring under a supervisor
  • Preschool

 Hospitals:

  • Pediatric Volunteer

 Museums:

  • Docent for Children and/or Adolescents
  • Teaching/tutoring Assistant in Art Education Classes with Children and/or Adolescents
  • Science Museum Volunteer

 Other:

  • Girl Scouts/ Boy Scouts
  • YMCA/YWCA
  • 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.

 

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