Education Field Experiences and Student Teaching

At Rockhurst University, you will engage in field experiences early and often throughout your academic career. As a pre-service teacher in the Department of Education, you will log approximately 20 hours per semester in a variety of urban and suburban schools with diverse populations.

Conducted during the day to match school site hours, these experiences will help you develop strategies for communication, curriculum, and assessment, as well as classroom management, in preparation for your profession as a teacher. 

Our Office of Field Experiences acknowledges that field observations are a vital and mandatory component of your pre-service teacher program. These observations offer you direct contact with schools and students throughout your coursework so you are aware of the demands and responsibilities of a classroom teacher and the differences in schools and students prior to student teaching. 

Field experiences are designed to give you a broad perspective of socio-economic classes, diverse student populations, varying instructional strategies, and developmental differences in grade levels.

Student Teaching

After completing a variety of field experiences, students culminate their experience through a 14 credit hour professional student-teaching semester. Students are placed in accredited Missouri and Kansas metropolitan area schools. Graduate students who are already under contract with an accredited school may complete their professional semester of student teaching while under contract, providing they are teaching in their certification area and grade level. 

The duration and design of the field experiences depend on the certification area. Our Office of Field Experiences is available to work with students individually to help get the most out of these teaching opportunities.


If you have questions about field experiences or student teaching, contact Phil Brown, director of field experiences, at 816-501-4585 or