Junior Field Experience
Congratulations on your admission to Northern State University’s teacher education
program. The intent of this phase of the Teacher Education program is to give teacher
candidates opportunities to gain experience in observing connections between teaching
theory and practice.
Admission to teacher education is required prior to enrollment in methods courses and
junior field experiences. Teacher candidates are required to maintain a cumulative and
major GPA of 2.60 or higher; in addition
Junior field experiences are an integral component of Northern State University’s teacher
education program. Typically completed during the teacher candidate’s third year of study,
Junior Field Experiences provide candidates with supervised practice in an elementary,
middle level, or secondary classroom.
Elementary and special education majors complete two junior field experiences, with
methods classes meeting for the first twelve weeks of the semester and field experiences
scheduled during the last three weeks of the semester (excluding finals week). K-12 and
secondary education majors complete one junior field experience, with methods classes
meeting for the first ten weeks of the semester and the field experience scheduled during
the last five weeks of the semester (excluding finals week).
Students participating in the field experiences will be assessed a fee; this fee is set by the
Board of Regents and published annually in the NSU catalogue.
The Junior Field Experience provides the teacher candidate with supervised practice in an
elementary, middle level or secondary classroom; and includes opportunities for teacher
candidates to continue developing the knowledge, skills and dispositions required of
effective teachers. Upon completion of the Junior Field Experience the teacher candidate
explain how students’ background will impact teacher’s planning and
write appropriate instructional objectives
design and implement a lesson that includes appropriate instructional
strategies to ensure student engagement and successful student learning
create a productive learning environment
reflect on teaching effectiveness
set and reflect upon five professional goals
score a minimum of basic in each of the 15 Program Outcomes on the
` Any rating below basic will require a plan of improvement.