University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Teacher Education Program

Field Experiences

Almost all courses with an EDUC or HPEDU prefix have a field component of some kind. You will begin observing classrooms and work your way up through teacher's aide experiences and ultimately into teaching experiences. For every class that has a field component, you are required to have clearances and to wear a name badge. For information about the clearances, click on the Required Clearances page. To get a name badge, use this form Education Name Badge Order Form 2023.pdf

Professional attire and appearance are expected at all times. No visible tattoos, no tongue, eyebrow, lip or nose piercings and no unnatural hair colors (blue, green, pink, purple, etc.) are acceptable for Pitt-Bradford teacher candidates when they go to schools. Men should wear slacks, shirt and tie. Women should select comparable clothing. Avoid tight-fitting garments and low-cut tops. Health and Physical Education majors can wear appropriate attire for physical education classes in the gym. Name badges must be worn at all times.

For courses that have a large field requirement (20 hours or more), Jody Randolph will make arrangements for a placement. This form, Placement Form for Students.docx, must be completed and turned in at 152 Swarts Hall, or it may be emailed to Jody.

When writing lesson plans, students are required to use the Education Program's lesson plan template:
Lesson Plan Rubric Sept 2023.pdf
Lesson Plan Template Sept 2023.docx

The Early Level (PreK-4) Methods courses are arranged in blocks. Please see the Early Level Methods Block Handbook MARCH 2024.pdf
for information.

Here are some forms used during the Early Level Field Blocks:
Classroom Management Menu 2020.docx
Condensed Supervisor Lesson Observation 2020.doc
Cooperating Teacher Field Block Evaluation 2020.docx
Cooperating Teacher Lesson Observation 2020.doc
Professional Dispositions Inventory 2023.docx
Supervisor Lesson Observation 2020.docx

Students in the Health and Physical Education Program will take Methods of Teaching Physical Education during the fall semester, completing 75 hours with a physical education teacher. During the spring semester, students will take Methods of Teaching Health, which has a 75 hour field requirement and is completed with a health teacher. Please see the Health and Physical Education Program Handbook July 2023.pdf for more information.

Students seeking certification in Secondary Education will take Secondary Methods during the fall semester and Literacies Across the Middle and Secondary Curriculum during the spring semester. Please see the Handbook for Secondary Program JULY 2023.pdf for more information.

For information on Student Teaching, go to the Student Teaching page.

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"The Program prepared me extremely well for my career. Things I learned in my student teaching and practicum placements, I still use in my classroom today."

Evan Greening, '17
History Teacher
Lake Ridge Middle School
Woodbridge, VA