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College of Education

Student Teaching/Field Experiences


Each academic year, the students from the UNO College of Education log 1000s of hours in the metro-area schools. During their time spent in schools, the UNO students (teacher candidates) are observing, working one-on-one with students, assisting classroom teachers, and teaching lessons.

A minimum of 100 hours of field experiences are required prior to student teaching. These experiences begin early in the UNO teacher preparation program. In Beginning Field Experiences, teacher candidates are primarily observing the developmental levels of K-12 students and the culture and context of schools.

As teacher candidates learn more about instructional strategies and the importance of adapting instruction, the Intermediate Field Experience gives them a more in-depth experience. The teacher candidates spend 40 hours in an urban school where they interact with K-12 teachers and students in both general and special education.

In Advanced Field Experiences, teacher candidates implement instructional strategies and differentiated instruction in classrooms that are specific to the level and content area in which the candidates will earn certification. At this stage, teacher candidates may have the opportunity to plan and deliver lessons to K-12 students.

The capstone experience for teacher candidates in the College of Education is student teaching. This 16-week, all-day experience immerses teacher candidates in the K-12 environment. Working closely with a cooperating teacher and university supervisor, the teacher candidates implement the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they have acquired in their preparation program.

In addition to undergraduate teacher candidates, the UNO College of Education graduate students also complete a variety of student teaching and practicum experiences.

Please use the following resources regarding the UNO field experiences and student teaching. The links below will connect you to additional information, documents, and evaluation forms. If you have questions regarding any UNO field experience, please call (402) 554-3096.