Clinical Education


All students in USF's educator preparation programs will participate in field experiences—time in an actual PK-12 classroom—as a component of their degree programs. Time spent in field experiences will prepare students for the dynamic educational environments they can expect to encounter as professionals.

A field experience may also be referred to as: a practicum, early field experience, methods course, level one or level two internship, microteach, or pre-internship; but all students will perform a final internship, generally in their last semester, in which they will be responsible for performing all of the duties of a classroom teacher.

Be prepared for your first field experience and final internship:

Throughout these experiences, certain expectations are essential to success. Learn more about the Professional Disposition and Ethical Practices Standards from the Ethics and Conduct page.

For any questions related to early field experience, please contact your program coordinator.

For information about fingerprinting and background checks, please contact Dr. Jacobs at