"I am appreciative of the doctoral program at Marywood and the mentoring I received. The faculty and my education have helped me in my career and more importantly have helped me 'to live responsibly in an interdependent world.'"
-Christopher W. O’Brien, PhD, LAT, ATC
Field experience is a required component of Marywood's education programs. It provides teaching candidates with first-hand experience in the real world of classroom teaching.
Teaching candidates are required to participate in a field placement (urban, suburban, or rural) every semester from freshman through senior year.
Prior to the student teaching semester, candidates participate in an intensive, supervised "block" practicum. This block is three to five full-days for a minimum of one semester. Candidates are able to apply methods course work directly to practical application in the classroom.
Candidates must accumulate at least 190 field hours before student teaching. This includes a minimum of 12 weeks of pre-student teaching.
No student is allowed to complete a field placement without all current clearances on file in the Field Office.