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Doctor of Education Field Experience Requirements
The two field experiences help candidates transfer and make connections between theory and knowledge and real-world leadership practices. Field Experience accomplishes the following:
During Field Experience I and II, the candidate is expected to assist in significant and varied leadership responsibilities under the supervision of a University supervisor and an educational field mentor, who is cooperatively chosen by the candidate, the University advisor, and the educational employment agency. The University supervising administrator and employment 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. Opportunities are provided for reflection and discussion with other candidates. 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, Field Experience I and Field Experience II. Each of the two field experiences consist of a minimum of 60 clock hours at the educational site. Field experience activities should relate to program objectives or performance indicators or both. Time is distributed across the six program standards. A candidate is expected to address all six program objectives during the two field experiences; however, the candidate must address a minimum of four program objectives/standards in each of the two field experiences. Candidates are expected to work with diverse school and community issues on at least one of the field experience activities.
The candidate is required to maintain a log of each field experience activity and associate each activity with one of the six program objectives. The candidate may log participation in local, state and national activities. Up to six hours of professional work can be credited to each of the two field experience time requirements.
At the end of each field experience, a candidate must include, as part of the electronic portfolio, the following:
Placement in Field Experience I (FE I) and Field Experience II (FE II) is subject to the requirements and expectations stated in this section. FE I placement is approved by the lead faculty advisor, subject to the candidate’s meeting the field experience requirements stated below.
Placement in FE II must be approved by the Graduate Education Committee, subject to the candidate’s meeting the requirements stated below.
Criteria for placement in field experiences include the following:
Program Progress Requirements
Before placement in Field Experience II, the candidate will do the following: