Field experiences are an integral part of the teacher preparation program. All field experiences occur in partnership schools that form the Professional Development Collaborative (PDC).
All field experiences are planned and sequenced to extend the principles and practices of the program's theme and knowledge base. In addition, all of the field experience and course work sequences work together to contribute to a teacher candidate's work sample product which is developed over the course of the professional program.
Student Teaching is the capstone field experience of the UNCP teacher candidate's professional preparation for a teaching career. It is a full-time apprenticeship as a UNCP student that encourages and supports pre-service teachers as they grow and evolve developmentally to become competent and qualified professionals. As a student teacher you will be required to register for full-time status at UNCP and to be in the field for a full-semester. Student teachers work one-to-one with a veteran teacher , who will serve as a mentor. Student teachers will also be assigned to a university supervisor who will observe and evaluate instruction.