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Due to the extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19 that are impacting higher education, all field assignments for Education students will be completed through a web-based virtual classroom environment. All necessary directions and instructions will be provided to students during the week of September 14, 2020. As always, completion of all virtual field assignments are necessary to pass the courses in which they are assigned.

Education students enrolled in courses with an ECE, EDUC, PSYC, and/or SPEC designator are still required to:

  • Register for an Education Field section (EDUC 1710 – EDUC 1755 as appropriate)
  • Email four current clearances (FBI, child abuse, criminal history, and negative TB test) to Judy Sweeney, Director of Student Teaching and Field at judy.sweeney@keystone.edu

Field Experience and Student Teaching

We are dedicated to getting you into a classroom.

Field experience and student teaching are an integral part of the education program at Keystone College. Classroom experiences give you school-based observation and participation each semester. There’s simply no better preparation for future teachers than real world experience. Observing how students react to different styles of instruction and learning how to adjust in response, will prepare you for a successful career in education.

Early Field Placements

First, Second, and Third Year

Each required field participation provides an opportunity to experience life in the classroom, work with a teacher, observe the roles of support staff, and observe and work with children in a teaching and learning environment.

As you become more acquainted with the teacher, support staff, the children, and all classroom elements, you will gradually assume more classroom responsibilities as directed by the classroom teacher. During your field experience, your role will change from one of an observer to active participant. Subsequently, you will be expected to engage in increasingly complex learning experiences during your classroom observation experience.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation for field experiences.

Field Experience Guide

Download the latest Field Experience Guide

Step 1.

Register for Classes

Each semester, when you register for classes in MyKC Student Portal, you must register for an Observation / Participation class in order to do the required field placement.

Step 2.

Obtain Your Clearances

Any education student wishing to participate in a field experience must obtain required clearances by June 30 for the next academic year.

Step 3.

Submit an Online Request

The online Request for Field Placement Form must be submitted by June 30.

Student Teaching

Fourth Year

Student teaching is a culminating experience for all education majors and usually takes place in two seven week periods during your senior year, after all academic course work is done.  Your student teaching experience is under the supervision of Keystone College personnel and cooperating teachers.

Click to view all required Student Teaching documentation.

The following documentation and information is needed before applying for student teaching placement:

  • All Praxis I or Pect scores
  • Praxis II or PECT scores or verification that you have registered
  • Letter of acceptance
  • Transcript verification of overall GPA
  • Evidence of membership in a professional organization for the year in which you will student teach
  • Verification of First Aid/CPR
  • Tuberculosis Screening Clearance
  • Child Abuse History Clearance
  • PA State Police Criminal Record Clearance
  • Federal Criminal History & Fingerprinting Clearance

Students are expected to provide their own transportation for student teaching.

Step 1.

Register for Classes

In the fall, when you register for spring classes in the MyKC Student Portal, you must register for Student Teaching in order to complete the required student teaching experiences.

Step 2.

Obtain Your Clearances

Any education student wishing to participate in student teaching must obtain required clearances by July 1 for the next academic year.

Step 3.

Submit an Online Application

After you gather all documentation, submit the online Application for Student Teaching by:

  • October 1 for Spring Semester
  • February 15 for Fall Semester