Field Experience Handbook


The Department of Education has both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees and licensure in several areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary, Secondary (math, biology, chemistry, general science, English, and social studies), and Deaf Education.  Our students are deaf, hearing, and hard of hearing, and they come from around the world.

  This Handbook is meant to be a useful resource with information to help teacher candidates, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors understand and fulfill their roles and responsibilities. It provides the most important information that you will need in order to have a successful and positive field experience.   Field experiences provide invaluable classroom experience for teacher candidates.  Under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor, the teacher candidate gradually assumes the role of a teacher in carrying out instructional planning, teaching, classroom management, and other activities in which teachers engage.   Three key figures constitute the essential "field experience team" the student teacher, the cooperating teacher, and the university supervisor.  For student teachers in deaf education, there are two additional team members, the mentor and the on-site supervisor.  This notion of a team is critical to the success of the field experience.  Two additional people who play a role in working with the field experience team are the program director and the placement coordinator.  If you have any concerns specific to the student teacher, the on-site supervisor, or the university supervisor, please contact the appropriate program director:  

For general education placements:             

Ms. Florence Vold                  

VP 202-250-2266   

For Deaf education placements:            

Dr. Raschelle Theoharis                  

VP 202-250-2952  

If you have any questions concerning the placement, using tk20, or other requirements, please contact the placement coordinator:       

Dr. Christina Yuknis                  

VP 202-250-2887             

Voice 202-651-5137    

Non-discrimination Policy Gallaudet University is an equal opportunity employer/educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, hearing status, disability, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, covered veterans status, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of business or residence, pregnancy, childbirth, or any other unlawful basis.

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Field Experience Handbook

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