Levels 1 & 2
In the field, early and often
Preparing to teach is a true combination of practice and pedagogy–understanding how students learn, how to teach and the subject matter itself. At UNI, the practical side of learning – through field experiences or “practicums” – is invaluable as you prepare to lead your first classrooms.
Levels 1 and 2 are also part exploration and confirmation that you truly were made to teach. You’ll go from observing and assisting in local classrooms to preparing and teaching a couple of lessons. Along the way, you’re laying the foundation for next steps.
A Beginning Foundation
Field Experience Coordinators
Field experience coordinators, with the College of Education Department of Teaching, coordinate all Level 1 and 2 placements. They secure school district agreements and liaison with your mentor teachers. You’ll connect with these coordinators through:
- On-site visits
- Debriefing conferences
- Teaching and feedback on lesson planning
- Guidance on future coursework
- Growth assessments and evaluations