Field Placement FAQs

In an effort to anticipate your questions, we hope the following information will assist you in preparing for your field experiences.  You may also direct specific questions to the appropriate Field Placement Office listed below:

Main Campus – Big Rapids:   231.591.2689     800.433.7747
Grand Rapids Campus:     616.643.5744     800.998.3425
Kendall Art Education – Grand Rapids: 616.451.9867     800.676.2787
Northern Region Campus – Traverse City: 231.995.1739   866.857.1954
Southeast Region Campus – Flint: 810.762.0298     866.387.943

            

For general information regarding the School of Education, please check the website:

            http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/educatio/education/homepage.htm

 

  Pre-Student Teaching Field Experiences

Q. What are field experiences?

A. Field experiences provide students opportunities to practice and perform in a real

     classroom with master teachers. These placements are arranged at the

appropriate level (elementary or secondary).  There are two (2) pre-student teaching experiences, followed by student teaching.  These clinical experiences are connected to course work at Ferris State University and are critical components of the education program.  Students will practice and gradually assume more teaching responsibility during each classroom assignment.

 

Q.  How do I know when I am eligible to register for a pre-student teaching field experience?

A.  To be eligible for pre-student teaching, a student must:

 

Q.  What tests do I need to pass for teacher certification?

A.  All applicants for certification must pass Professional Readiness Exam (formerly Basic Skills-Michigan Test) for Teacher Certification (MTTC).  All sections of the Professional Readiness Exam need to be passed before the Level II Application clearance is complete.

Prior to student teaching, elementary education students must pass the elementary education test and secondary education students must pass subject area test(s) in their major(s).  For more information contact your education advisor or Certification Office at: 231.591.5375 or refer to the web site: www.mttc.nesinc.com

Q.  How do I register for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)?

  1. You may register for the MTTC via the internet at: http://www.mttc.nesinc.com

You may also register via mail with a form included in the registration booklet.  Booklets are available in the Certification Office and all Field Placement Offices.

 

  1. What is a Level II application?
  1. The Level II application is a check sheet that assists students with the timely completion of their program. 

 

SOE students (undergraduate and graduate) must meet with their education advisor, complete application together, signing and submitting all documentation before registering for level II (300/400-level) education courses. 

 

The Level II packet consists of: an application; Professional Behaviors Policy; Felony Conviction Information Form; DHS (Department of Human Services) -Request for Central Registry Clearance; Felony Conviction Information Form; and Release of Information form.    

 

Q.  Where do I find a pre-student teaching application, and when should it be submitted? 

A.  Applications are available from each Field Placement Office or on the web site:

http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/educatio/education/fpo/Pre-Student-Teaching-Forms-and-Requirements.htm, and should be submitted during early registration. 

 

Field experience courses are usually by offered ‘permit only’, meaning an application must be submitted before registration is allowed.   

 

Q.  When should I expect to pre-student teach?

A.  Follow your program check sheets, in the sequence specified.  You should see your advisor each semester making sure you are academically eligible. 

 

Q.  What will I need to do during my pre-student teaching field experience?

      A.  Each course has time split between university instruction and practice in an

authentic setting.  Make sure your schedule allows time for travel to your placement at the host school. 

 

The course instructor will provide you with all requirements and expectations in his/her syllabus, which you may access on the instructor’s web site.                    

 

Q.  How many hours of field experience are required?

A.  For students in the elementary program a total of 120 hours are required at two different course levels (e.g. EDUC 413, 40-hours and EDUC 431, 432, 435, 80-hours).

 

In the secondary program a total of 120 hours are required at two different course levels (e.g. EDUC 338, 40-hours and EDUC 438, 80-hours). 

 

  1. Where can I be placed for my pre-student teaching field experiences?

A.  All pre-student teaching field experiences must be arranged through the Field Placement Offices.  Field Placement Coordinators will arrange placements in diverse settings, following the same guidelines as student teaching placements.

            Students may:

 

For more information visit our web site:

      http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/colleges/educatio/media/Files/placement-policy.pdf

 

Q.  Can I arrange my own pre-student teaching and student teaching placements?

A.  No.  Students may not arrange their own placements. FSU works collaboratively with many school districts; all placements are arranged at the discretion of the field placement coordinator.  

 

Q.  Can I request a certain school building/district to complete my field placement requirements?

A.  While it may be possible, we prefer to accept requests for an area rather than a specific building as there are a limited number of local placements surrounding each campus.  It is strongly suggested that you save your first choice for placement for student teaching.  Be aware extended travel may be necessary

 

Q.  Can I complete my pre-student teaching and student teaching assignments at the same site?

A.  According to the MDE (Michigan Department of Education)standards, it is expected that all students be afforded diverse teaching opportunities.  Therefore, we attempt to place students in different districts, grade levels and/or subject areas.  

 

Q.  Can I do my pre-student teaching and student teaching assignments where I have been employed or volunteered?

A.  According to the MDE (Michigan Department of Education)standards, it is expected that all students be afforded diverse teaching opportunities.  Therefore, it is in the best interest of our students to provide a broad experience of diverse settings.    

 

Q.  Can previous teaching experience such as a long term substitute position count toward my pre-student teaching field experience requirement?

A.  No.  While previous teaching experience is encouraged, the purpose of pre-student teaching field experiences are to provide you time to work with master teachers affording you an opportunity to grow in the field.      

Q.  Who will my mentor teacher be for the pre-student teaching assignment?

A.  You will be assigned to a master teacher.  The Field Placement Coordinator works directly with the building principals to place our students.  Before the placement begins, all pre-student teachers are expected to meet and interview with the proposed mentor teacher.

 

Q.  What can I do to have a successful field experience?

A.  Refer to the Professional Behaviors Policyfor appropriate conduct:

      http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/colleges/educatio/media/Files/Professional_Behaviors_Policy.pdf

 

Q.   How can I learn more about the field experiences required for my program?

A.   Informational meetings are scheduled in October and in February each semester

on all campuses, and the Field Placement Offices present information that will help prepare you to apply for all pre-student teaching field experience and student teacher placements.  Plan to attend one of the 45 minutes sessions.  For dates, times and locations, watch for posted flyers and emails, listen for announcements in education courses, see your education advisor, and visit the following web site:

http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/colleges/educatio/education/fpo/docs/fpo-info-meeting.pdf

 

Student Teaching

Q.  What is student teaching?

A.  Student teaching is the capstone course for the teacher certification programs.  This final clinical experience provides students with the opportunity to assume full responsibility of a classroom under the guidance and supervision of a master teacher.  During this practicum, students will implement teaching methods and utilize skills learned.  Upon the successful completion of this assignment, candidates may apply for certification from the Michigan Department of Education. 

 

Q.  What is an Experienced Teacher Review (ETR)?

A.  An Experienced Teacher Review is only available to students who are currently employed as the “teacher of record” in their own classroom.  This alternative route to certification meets the Michigan Department of Education and University guidelines.For more information, contact the appropriate Field Placement Office or visit the web site:

      http://www.ferris.edu/education/education/Field_Placement/ETR-Application.pdf

 

Q.  How do I know when I am eligible to student teach?

A.  To be eligible for student teaching, a student must:

  • complete a criminal background check (finger printing & FBI check).

Q.  How do I register for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)?

  1. You may register for the MTTC via the internet at: http://www.mttc.nesinc.com

 

Q.  Why/When do I need to complete a criminal background check (fingerprinting and FBI check)?

A.  FSU requires student teacher candidates to obtain a substitute teaching permit which mandates a criminal background check (Fingerprinting/Live Scan and FBI check).  This is done at the student teacher candidate’s expense. 

 

You may not begin your assignment until this is done.  Once you have a substitute teaching permit, you may sign a release for your criminal background results to be sent to your host school.

 

Q.  Does the Field Placement Office need a copy of my criminal background results?

A.  No. After you have completed the process and received approval for your substitute teacher permit, you must forward that information to the Field Placement Office.  You may not begin your assignment until this is received. 

 

Q.  When do I apply for student teaching?

A.  You must apply for student teaching two (2) semesters prior to the semester you wish to student teach.

 

  1. Where can I be placed for my student teaching assignment?

A.  All student teaching assignments must be arranged through the Field Placement Offices.  Students may not make their own placement arrangements:

 

For more information visit our web site:

      http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/colleges/educatio/media/Files/placement-policy.pdf

Q.  Can I arrange my own student teaching placement?

A.  No.  Students may not arrange their own placements. FSU works collaboratively with many school districts; all placements are arranged at the discretion of the field placement coordinator.  

 

Q.  How long will student teaching last?

A.  15 full weeks (75 days).  The SOE does reserve the right to extend your student teaching time. 

 

Q.  Do we follow the host school district’s schedule/calendar or FSU’s?

A.  You will follow the host school district’s calendar…and this includes all professional development days, conferences, and any breaks.  You may not take FSU breaks during the semester.

 

Q.  When do we start our student teaching assignment?

A.  Student teaching begins with Student Teaching Orientation.  You should start your classroom assignment when you supervising teacher begins.  If your teacher would like you to start a day or two earlier to help “set-up” the classroom – that is fine.  We are hoping that you will be a part of “How-the-School-Year-Starts.”  This experience will help tremendously when you get your first job! 

 

Q.  What is Student Teaching Orientation?

A.  Student Teaching Orientation is a mandatory meeting.  This orientation is the beginning Professional Seminar.  It provides an overview of requirements and expectations.  Dates, times and locations will be provided by the Field Placement Office.  For more information refer to the Student Teaching Guide:   

      http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/colleges/educatio/media/Files/FPO_STG.pdf

 

Q.  What is the Professional Seminar course (EDUC 499)?

A.  Professional Seminar is a co-requisite, capstone course completing your teacher preparation program.   This course is taken concurrently during your student teaching assignment.            

 

Student Teaching Orientation is the first seminar session held at the beginning of each semester and will provide an overview of the expectations and requirements of the student teaching experience.  After orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with your university supervisor and individual seminar sessions will be scheduled.  Sessions are usually scheduled every other week for 2-3 hours. 

 

The final seminar class, “Wrap-up Session”, will provide you with a variety of information including the teaching certification process.

 

Q.  What materials would be helpful to have during my student teaching?

A.  Several binders, clear sleeves for easy insertion of lesson plans, colored pens, note book for journaling, CD for an electronic portfolio, and a planner to schedule appointments, meetings, and important dates.

Q.  How will my student teaching performance be evaluated?

A.  Your university supervisor will observe and evaluate your performance during

3-5 classroom visits.  Your supervising teacher will evaluate your performance 3 times (5, 10-weeks and a final).  It is encouraged that you take time to talk with your supervising teacher about your progress frequently.   

With input from your supervising teacher, a final grade will be issued by your university supervisor.  For more information refer to the web site:

http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/colleges/educatio/media/Files/FPO_STG.pdf

 

Q.  What is the (FSU) Exit Survey and how do I complete it for certification?

A.  Verification of the Exit Survey is required by the Michigan Department of Education and must accompany your certification application.  The School of Education Director sends the (zoomerang) exit survey link to all eligible student teacher candidates each semester.  Print the final verification sheet and submit it with the required documents to the Certification Officer. 

 

Certification Information

  1. Where do I find information regarding teacher certification?
  1. Contact the Certification Office: 231/591/5375 or refer to the Certification Office web site:

http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/educatio/education/Teacher-Cert-Office.htm

                     

Q.  When do I initiate the paperwork for Michigan Teacher Certification?

A.  Upon completion of all course work, posted grades, awarded degree (including prerequisites and student teaching) candidates must submit by mail a Certification Application.

 

Q.  How do I know when I am eligible for certification?

A.  Certification candidates must:

  • be certified in First Aid/CPR (Adult, Child, AED).

 

Q.  Where can I get CPR/First Aid certification?

A.  Many communities offer CPR and First Aid programs.  You may check the MDE web site for approved providers:

      http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_5683---,00.html

 

Proof of this requirement must accompany your application for certification.

 

 Q. What is the difference between elementary, secondary and occupational certification?

 A. Elementary certification allows one to teach grades K-5.

 

Secondary certification allows one to teach grades 6-12.

 

Art Education certification allows one to teacher grades K-12.

 

Interim Occupational Certificate-IOC (previous temporary vocational authorization-TVA), allows one to teach grades 9-12 in a technical or skills program/center.

 

Other Information

  1. Can I take part of my degree requirements at a different Ferris Campus?
  1. Yes.  We have off-site campuses in Grand Rapids, Southeast Region (Flint & Lansing) and Northern Region (Traverse City & Scottville).  These options can be discussed with your education advisor.

 

Q.  Can I substitute courses in my program?

A.  Yes, it is possible.  However, an advisors’ approval is required for all course deviations and substitutions.

 

Any course taken as a substitution for a course listed on your check sheet must be approved by your advisor.  Education and content area advisors approve course substitutions and should be contacted before registering for the class. 

 

To approve a substitution, advisors must complete a form: Deviation From Checksheet Program.  These forms are available in Student Academic Affairs, School of Education and Field Placement Offices.   

 

Q.  What are the Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers?

A.  These seven (7) standards outline the entry level skills for effect teaching required of Michigan teachers.  Refer to the web site: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_5683_6368-33331--,00.html

 

Q.  Where do I find information regarding vocational certification and work experience?

  1. An Interim Occupational Certificate (IOC) prepares candidates for technical education teaching areas in grades 9-12.   For more information, contact the Certification Officer: 231.591.3188 or refer to the web site:

http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/educatio/education/Interim-Occupational-Cert.htm