Field Experience Ladder

This Field Experience Ladder outlines the activities appropriate for students enrolled in the courses listed below.

St. Olaf Course and Hours Required

Types of Activities Appropriate for Student Enrolled in This Course

ED 389: Student Teaching
14 weeks

Teach, Co-Teach

ED 3xx: Teaching of Content Area
Approximately 10-20 hours

Assist, Tutor, Micro-teach a Lesson

Level 3 Interims

  • ED 347 (St. Paul)
  • ED 378 (Hawaii)
  • ED 379 (Twin Cities)

3-4 weeks

Assist, Tutor, Co-teach a Lesson
(If placement is in student’s content area)

Reading

  • ED 374: Reading in the Content Area
  • ED 321: Teaching of Reading 5-12 (for CAL, ESL, and World Language licenses) 

10 hours

Observe, Assist, Tutor

ED 330: Principles of Education
20 hours

Assist, Tutor, Co-teach a Lesson
(If placement is in student’s content area)

ED 290: Educational Psychology
20 hours

Observe, Assist, Tutor

ED 260: Foundations in Education
(for Educational Studies Concentration)
20 hours

Observe, Assist, Tutor

 ED 246: English Language Learners
(elective, except for ESL license)
20 hours

Observe, Assist, Tutor

Level 1/2 Interims:
ED 170 (Minneapolis) 
2 weeks

ED 270 (Faribault) 
4 weeks

Observe, Assist, Tutor

 

Observe: The student should observe the teacher’s methods and techniques, student behavior and interactions, and the learning environment in the classroom and school.

Assist: The student should assist the teacher with instructional (e.g. distributing materials, grading papers) and non-instructional activities (e.g. taking attendance, making progress charts.)

Tutor: The student should work with individuals and/or small groups.

Co-teach: Under supervision, the student should teach a teacher-planned lesson to the entire class.

Micro-teach: Under supervision, the student should teach a student-planned lesson to the entire class.