Teacher Education

Educator Preparation

Field Experiences

The Teacher Education Program at Western Illinois University is focused on the training of future educators for the "real world" in Pre-K-12 schools.

Students engage in pre-student teaching field experiences at (Pre-K-12) partnering schools for a portion of the school day while also attending classes on the WIU campus.  During these experiences, candidates have the opportunity to observe, tutor, teach and immerse themselves in the Pre-K-12 environment prior to student teaching.

Field Experiences:

(All Majors)
  • EDS 202 - Requires a Diversity Field Visit
  • SPED 210
Agriculture Education
  • (AGED 131, 330, 331, EDUC 439)
Elementary Education
  • (C&I 170, 270, 370, 371, 470)
Early Childhood Education
  • (ECH 380, 381, 480)
Middle Level Education
  • (C&I 170, C&I 270, 370, 470)
Secondary Education (English, History-Social Studies, Math, All Sciences)
  • (EDS 303, EDS 304, EDUC 439)
  • (Bio 281 - for all Science Education programs)

Pre-K-12 Education
Art Education
      • (ARTE 360, ARTE 411, ARTE 437, EDUC 439 )
Music Education Physical Education
      • (KIN 365, 369, 393, 461, EDUC 439)
Special Education
  • (SPED 280, 430, 445, 460)

Prior to any field work in schools/agencies, the National Sex Offender, the Illinois Methamphetamine Manufacturer, and the Illinois State Police Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth registries will be checked by the candidates education advisor.  *In addition, candidates may also need to supply a Fingerprint criminal background investigation report to each individual school district prior to any field work.  Candidates may be prohibited from completing field work if a registry check or background investigations disclose arrests and/or convictions deemed problematic.  Information may be obtained in Horrabin Hall 40; questions may be directed to the Licensure Officer; 309-298-2117. (NOTE: Federal Law requires candidates to submit a Fingerprint background investigation report to school distrcits prior to student teaching.)

 Contact Us

If you have questions relating to field experiences, contact:

Lisa Litchfield
Coordinator University Field and Student Clinical Experiences
Horrabin Hall 40
(Office) 309-298-1281

 Macomb School Faculty Form