Doctor of Education Directed Field Experience Requirements

The two field experiences help candidates transfer and make connections between theory and knowledge and real-world leadership practices. The directed field experience accomplishes the following:

  • Helps the candidate develop leadership skills and behaviors through the engagement in meaningful real-life leadership activities
  • Assists the candidate in transferring leadership knowledge and theory into leadership skills, behaviors and activities that enhance learning communities
  • Provides service to the host educational community.

During Directed Field Experiences I and II, the candidate is expected to assist in significant and varied leadership responsibilities under the supervision of a Baker University supervisor and an educational field mentor, who is cooperatively chosen by the candidate, the Baker University advisor, and the directed field experience coordinator. The Baker University supervisor and field mentor work cooperatively with the candidate to select a series of meaningful field experience activities and projects from the suggested activities associated with the program objectives. Through a combination of coursework and field experiences, the candidate begins to develop leadership performance behaviors that are associated with program objectives and standards.

The candidate must enroll in two separate field experiences, Directed Field Experience I and Directed Field Experience II. Each of the two field experiences consists of a minimum of 60 clock hours at the educational site. Field experience activities should relate to program objectives and performance indicators. Time is distributed across the program standards. A candidate is expected to address all program objectives during the two field experiences. Candidates are expected to work with diverse school and community issues during one of the field experience activities.

Candidates who are accepted into the program receive detailed Directed Field Experience Handbooks.