Field Services is the section of the Education Division that works to facilitate field experience and practicum placements for Observation and Participation (O&P) courses and Student Teaching. Field Services ensures that the teacher candidate has on file the proper documents so that s/he may be placed in a classroom setting. Teacher candidates are required to complete a specified number of field experience hours in addition to their coursework.
Field Services is devoted to placing Chaminade undergraduate and graduate students in both public and private schools in order to give the pre-service teacher diverse experiences.
All students enrolled in a licensure program must read the Field Experiences Manual and fill out the FAQ document. Students must submit their completed FAQ document to Field Services within their first term of enrollment.
Observation and Participation
Undergraduate students are required to complete at least sixty (60) hours of observation and participation (O&P) in a classroom at the level of licensure the student is pursuing. Graduate students are required to complete at least forty (40) hours. Students participate in upper and lower level elementary, middle-school and high school placements.
This is the most important experience in the teacher education program. It is a transitional period between university life and the teaching profession. It is that time when candidates participate actively in an ever-expanding sequence of experiences that will develop competence and teaching values. As students take on the total responsibility of teaching, they have the guidance and support of the cooperating teacher, cooperating Principal, university supervisor, seminar instructor and the Field Services Director who work jointly to help student teachers meet licensure standards.
Some helpful links related to Field Services, OP, and Student Teaching:
- National Education Association (liability insurance)
- Hawaii Department of Education
- Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (licensure details)
- Praxis Test Information