HomeExemplary PracticesExemplary Field-Based Instructional PracticesFall 2012Abilene Christian University
  • EC-6 Field Experience Program

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  • About Our Program

    At Abilene Christian University, EC-6 teacher candidates complete an intentionally designed series of field-based experiences. These experiences begin in the candidate’s sophomore year and continue through graduation.

    Full-time faculty participation in student teaching supervision is a core part of the program. This type of participation more effectively supports our candidates in connecting theory and practice. Throughout their student teaching experience, candidates reflect using TxBESS reflection structures and build a program e-portfolio that includes artifacts from their student teaching experience.

  • Key Program Features

    All Abilene Christian University field experiences have been designed with the principles of active engagement and professional reflection at the center. These experiences are intentionally sequenced to provide a continual increase of active participation and responsibility culminating in the Student Teaching semester. Professors are active participants in the process throughout. Key features of the Abilene Christian experience include:

    • Multi-year field-based experience
    • In-class and small group leadership experience
    • Case-study experience
    • Education planning and classroom structuring experience



Field-Based Learning

Field-based learning opportunities allow teacher candidates to integrate academic and practitioner knowledge.  Field-based programs allow teacher candidates to:

  1. Apply theory to practice
  2. Reflect, analyze and improve
  3. Build experience in context

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Exemplary Defined

Exemplary field-based instructional practices are those that provide a wide range of opportunities for teacher candidates to work with students in schools.

Exemplary programs are those that focus especially-well on providing teacher candidates the opportunity and method to apply and refine their coursework learning.

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Key Program Elements

Exemplary field-based teacher education programs often share a core set of key components.  These key program components typically include:

  • Support and Monitoring
  • Hands-On Learning
  • Practice Improvement
  • Community Contextualization

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