Portfolio & Directed Field Experience
MSSL or Building-Level Licensure Portfolio
An electronic portfolio consisting of educational artifacts from your MSSL or Building-Level Licensure coursework is a requirement for program completion. The portfolio accomplishes the following:
- Showcases artifacts that demonstrate your skills as a potential building administrator
- Provides evidence that you have met or made significant progress toward the program objectives
- Provides evidence of your growth during the program
- Demonstrates your ability to use reflective construction
If you began your program during the Fall 2004 term or later, your portfolio is in an electronic format, compiled online with TaskStream.
Directed Field Experience FAQ
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What is directed field experience?
Directed field experience (DFE) is the MSSL or Building-Level Licensure capstone course and is designed so that you can take the beliefs, values, theory and knowledge that you’ve discussed in the classroom and transfer them to hands-on administrative responsibility. Under the supervision of a building administrator and a University supervisor, you will log a minimum of 100 hours of DFE covering a wide array of administrative responsibilities within the school setting. Download the Log of Student Intern Activities .
When can I begin my DFE?
Because the DFE is intended to be the capstone course your program, before August 2007, you must have successfully completed 12 MSSL credit hours and six MAEd credit hours. After August 2007, you must have successfully completed 15 MSSL credit hours and nine MAEd credit hours before entering the DFE. To apply for the DFE, you must be in good standing with the district and building in which you are employed.
We will contact you at your Baker email address when it is time for you to apply for the DFE.
What happens after my application to begin DFE is received?
When we receive your application, we conduct an audit of your coursework to make sure that you have completed the required courses and that you have the required GPA as well as the required average on the Professional Skills Surveys. The audited application then goes to the Graduate Education Committee (GEC) for approval. You will be notified of your status via email.
Are there reasons my application might not be approved?
- You have not completed the required number of MSSL and MAEd courses before the beginning of the DFE.
- Your GPA has fallen below the required 3.25 or you have received more than one course with a C grade.
- You have not met a composite average of 3.5 or better on the Professional Skills Surveys from your MSSL course instructors.
Do I have recourse if my application is not approved?
If your application is not approved, you may petition the Graduate Education Committee (GEC) by letter for acceptance into the DFE.
Who are the key people involved in my DFE?
You will need to identify an administrator mentor in the building where you will conduct your DFE. This mentor must be certified in building administration and have a minimum of three years of experience at the selected building level. We recommend that this mentor have a minimum of two years of administrative experience in the current building. Your mentor will observe you in at least 82 hours of administrative activities. To meet the requirements of your DFE, you will also need a second mentor at a different level of building administration for 18 hours of activities.
An MSSL faculty member is actively involved in your DFE, conducting three mandatory class sessions as well as providing a Supervisor from the University to assist, monitor and supervise your DFE.
How long will the DFE take?
The DFE covers a two-semester time frame. You may enroll in either an August to May or December to August. During this time you will participate in 100 hours of required DFE experiences. You may complete 30 hours of these requirements in the semester before the start of the DFE.
How will my DFE be assessed?
You will be expected to attend three class sessions at Baker University in Overland Park or Wichita. You will also complete an electronic program portfolio. Your primary building mentor and University supervisor will evaluate your progress.
Will Financial Aid pay for my DFE credit hours?
The DFE, if taken as a stand-alone course, does not qualify for financial aid. However, if you are concurrently enrolled in other courses along with the DFE, you will meet the definition of continuous enrollment and may have financial aid eligibility. Please refer to our Financial Aid FAQ section for more information.