Field Experiences

Changes to Field Experience Requirements due to COVID-19 in Effect for Academic Year 2020-2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are changing our field experience requirements. For the Fall Semester, only licensure students enrolled in ED 330 will complete their field experiences. Students will be expected to follow all safety protocols outlined both by St. Olaf and by their schools, including monitoring their health each day before leaving campus, wearing masks at all times, and washing hands frequently.  However, to limit the number of volunteers we send into schools, students in all other Education courses will not have field experiences in the fall. Overall numbers of hours required will be adjusted based on the field experiences offered in each upcoming course. Policies regarding field experiences for spring semester have not yet been set.

Additionally, we are requesting that students in the Classes of 2021 and 2022 document their field experience hours if they have teaching experience in a summer academic program.  Due to COVID-19, the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is allowing teacher education programs to use some of students’ prior teaching experiences towards the required field experience hours.
Here are the details:
  • It must be a teaching experience (e.g. Upward Bound, Breakthrough, LearningWorks, EXPLO) in order for it to count for field experience hours.  Camp counseling experience (e.g. YMCA, church camp) will not count towards field experience hours.
  • This option is currently only available to students in the classes of ’21 and ’22.
  • The maximum number of summer academic program hours that can count towards field experience hours is 50 hours.
  • To record your hours, submit the Summer Field Experience Confirmation Form in Tk20 under the Applications tab.  You will be asked to provide information about your summer academic program and reflect on your teaching experience.
Pre-COVID-19 Requirements

Students enrolled in the following courses: ED 170, ED 246, ED 260, ED 270, ED 290, ED 330, ED 374, ED 378, ED 379, and several methods courses are required to complete a field experience. These experiences are integral components to the St. Olaf College Teacher Education Program and provide an opportunity to apply educational theory to real-world settings. Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of field experience, 60 hours of which must be in a diverse setting.