Access the Stage 3 Classroom Observation Form here.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) framework for K-12 progam guidelines cites four stages of field experience, including student teaching. According to the the framework, “Each stage is progressively more intensive and requires the candidate to gradually assume more responsimore responsibility. The experiences should take place in collaborative settings across all grade environments throughout the K-12 system. This includes learning about the socio-emotional, cultural, linguistic, and academic traits of students.”

Stage 3: Pre-Student teaching
In pre-student teaching, candidates work with small groups of students in school or after-school settings under the supervision of a certified teacher. For this phase of field experience, K-12 level candidates will be formally admitted to the education program and have taken at least one methods course, but will not be in full control of a class.

Which SJU courses are designated as “Stage 3” courses?

  • For Middle Grades and Secondary teacher candidates
    • EDU 410/610: Instructional Techniques English w/field
    • EDU 412/612: Instructional Techniques Social Studies w/field
    • EDU 414/614: Instructional Techniques Foreign Language w/field
    • EDU 416/616: Instructional Techniques Mathematics w/field
    • EDU 418/618: Instructional Techniques Science w/field
    • EDU 422/622: Instructional Techniques Art w/field
  • For PK4 teacher candidates
    • EDU 240/640: Literacy and Literature II w/field
    • EDU 363/663: Science Methods, PK4 w/field
  • For PK4/SPE teacher candidates
    • EDU 240/640: Literacy and Literature II w/field
    • SPE 329: Education for Students with High Incidence Disabilities

What is the field teaching requirement for candidates in Stage 3 courses?

For Middle Grades and Secondary teacher candidates

  • Two small or whole group lesson observations will take place in the instructional techniques course aligned with the candidate’s subject concentration. The courses are: EDU 410-422 and EDU 610-622.
  • If the candidate is seeking certification in two content areas, one field lesson observation will occur in each area.

For PK4 teacher candidates

  • One small or whole group lesson observation will take place in EDU 240/640.
  • One small or whole group lesson observation will take place in EDU 363/663.

For PK4/SPE teacher candidates

  • One small or whole group lesson observation will take place in EDU 240/640.
  • One small or whole group lesson observation will take place in SPE 329.

How are teacher candidates evaluated on their Stage 3 lesson(s) taught in the field?

The observation tool for Pre-student teaching candidates is based on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework. University Supervisors complete the observation tool according to the schedule set by the stage 3 course instructor. All reports need to be submitted before December 10, 2021. The Stage 3 Classroom Observation Form can be found here.