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Education Field Experience

Go from learning in classrooms to teaching in classrooms with Saint Louis University’s School of Education field experience opportunities.

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The Office of Educational Field Experiences supports the School of Education and its programs by offering pre-service teachers, teacher candidates and graduate students diverse field experiences in urban, suburban, rural, private, public, and parochial schools.

Students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the School of Education are required to have at least one field experience in a school in the St. Louis region in accordance with the Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators.

To be eligible for experiences in the educational field, preservice teachers and teacher candidates must file certain clearance documents with the Office of Educational Field Experiences, including a signed Field Experience Code of Ethics and Conduct. Failure to uphold the ethics described in this document may result in the removal from the field site and/or hearing procedures to determine individual consequences. 

The co-teaching handbook can provide more information for all involved in field experiences. Specific resources are also available for the following: 

Family Care Safety Registry

Students in level one and level two field experiences are required to register with the Family Care Safety Registry. After registering, you’ll receive a report that you must include in your Office of Field Experience folder. For information on registration, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Tuberculosis Test

All students at all levels in the School of Education must have a current tuberculosis test before beginning their field experience. A copy of the results from your test should be uploaded to your Office of Field Experience folder. Contact  Joy Voss if you have any problems uploading this document. Results must be from within the last year and show a result of negative, as well as the name of the clinic with an official stamp or signature. Contact the SLU Student Health Center if you need to take a TB test or get a copy of your test results.

Protecting God’s Children

All students at all levels in the School of Education must take a workshop offered through the Archdiocese of St. Louis called Protecting God’s Children. The workshop is required for all volunteers in Catholic schools. After completing the workshop, you can request a certificate of completion from the archdiocese that you will upload to your Office of Field Experience folder. If you do not receive a certificate or have any questions, contact Joy Voss with the date and location of the workshop you attended.

Substitute Teaching Certificate

If you have at least 60 college credit hours, you can apply to be a substitute teacher in Missouri. The application and more information is available through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.