The Teacher Education Program provides experiential learning opportunities to teacher candidates through a series of supervised field experiences, practica, and student teaching. These immersions into the field allow students to personally reflect on selections regarding program and concentration. Direct interaction with real world scenarios in a classroom setting provides invaluable experiences that assist in transforming teacher candidates into professionals and educators.

The Field & Student Teaching Placement Coordinator secures all placements for teacher candidates. Teacher candidates do not arrange placements and are expected to adhere to the Placement Policies of the Education Department. To facilitate adequate supervision, all field experiences, practica, and student teaching must be completed within Indiana or Illinois. Teacher candidates are responsible for arranging transportation to the placement site. Students may choose to return to campus during set registration dates to make arrangements with Field & Student Teaching Placement Coordinator, college advisor, and college supervisor to enroll through the Woods Online Office in any clinical experience.

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Education Department is committed to both the students of the College and the students and teachers of our partnering schools and agencies. It is our responsibility to ensure that field placements, practica, and student teaching experiences are mutually beneficial to SMWC students and the teachers and students of the schools and or agencies in which they take place. For these reasons, the faculty of the SMWC Education Department reserves the right to deny a field, practicum, and/or student teaching placement; change a field, practicum, and/or student teaching placement; remove or withdraw a student from a field, practicum, and/or student teaching placement; and/or cancel a field, practicum, and or student teaching placement for the reasons of health, safety, and or professional behaviors.

All clinical experiences are subject to the background check requirements and policies of the school corporation or experience site in which the teacher candidate is placed. This includes any specific background checks or testing that the placement site requires. SMWC students must contact the school corporation and/or agency in which they are placed to verify the criminal history/background check policy. The criminal history/background check must be completed before the experience can begin. Regardless of any current background checks that a student may already have, it is very likely that others will be required at the student’s expense.

When planning for the capstone/student teaching semester, it is important that students make financial and family arrangements. This is a full-time, unpaid experience in the classroom/center.