Field Experience

As a student in the Sul Ross State University Education Department, students can expect ample opportunities to be exposed to practical, hands-on experiences in the field.  The SRSU Department of Education partners closely with Texas schools to provide collaborative experiences for teacher candidates and those seeking professional certifications.  Under the guidance of carefully selected mentors and cooperating teachers along with the support of the university supervisor, field experiences promote the practical application of knowledge acquired throughout the program. 

Early Field Experiences

Early field experiences are offered to the undergraduate student as a way to introduce teacher candidates to the classroom early in their professional education courses.  During the required 40 clock-hours of early field experiences, teacher candidates are required to log time in an assigned classroom.  With a collaborative agreement between SRSU and local schools districts, teacher candidates gain exposure and experience in classroom management, technology, time management, organization, and importantly, practice self-reflection skills.  Early field experiences occur during Blocks I and II of the Teacher Education Program. 

Student Teaching/Clinical Teaching

Student teaching is an unpaid, 14-week placement at an approved Texas school.  Permission to student teach is granted when the teacher candidate has met the following:  1)  been granted full admission to the Teacher Education Program, 2)  completed required teacher certification coursework, and 3)  passed the TExES content exam. 

Clinical teaching is reserved for those students enrolled in the SRSU Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification Program (PBICP) who do not want to complete the internship (see below) and have met the following:  1)  been granted Full Admission status to the PBICP, 2) completed all required PBICP classes (18 hours), 3)  passed the TExES content exam or PACT.

Internship

The internship is reserved for teacher candidates enrolled in the SRSU Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification Program.  The internship is a paid position as Teacher of Record in an approved Texas school.  Teacher candidates are assigned a mentor teacher and receive ongoing guidance and support from an assigned SRSU university supervisor. Contact the PBICP for more information regarding the internship option.

Practicum

Students pursuing a professional certification (Counseling, Education Leadership, Reading Specialist, Educational Diagnostician) through SRSU will be required to complete a practicum.  This typically occurs at the end of the completion of all program requirements and serves as a capstone.  During the practicum the student will be required to complete and document at least 160-clock hours of carefully planned, relevant activities in collaboration with a mentor and university supervisor.  Contact each program advisor for specific requirements regarding the practicum.