Early Field Experiences

EFEAbout Early Field Experience

Beginning in the freshman year, pre-service teachers complete a series of three to four field-based experiences. Each field-based experience is taught in conjunction with a required education course to better establish the link between theory and practice. Having an Early Field Experience each year at Fredonia prepares the pre-service teachers to become reflective and responsive teachers.

As part of the field-based experience, the Office of Field Experiences places pre-service teachers in schools throughout Chautauqua County. The pre-service teacher spends a minimum of 4 hours per week observing and working alongside a cooperating teacher as an instructional assistant. Generally the pre-service teacher participates in the Early Field Experience for 10 weeks. The field-based courses are taught in the fall and spring semesters.

Each Early Field Experience is highly structured and well supervised by a Field Representative. Each Field Representative from the Office of Field Experiences holds New York State Certification, which allows the pre-service teacher to receive constructive feedback and support throughout the experience.

Early Field Experience Forms and Resources


Office of Field Experiences, College of Education

W249 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3443
(716) 673-3224 fax