Education Field Experiences

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. 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.  These field experiences are conducted during the day to match school site hours.

  • Courses such as Multicultural Clinical Experiences and the graduate course Field Experiences and Action Research will provide you with immediate opportunities to observe, plan and engage in instructional problem-solving.
  • You will gain confidence in using various educational strategies by working with children in the Literacy Practicum.  You will address critical issues of literacy in courses such as the Fundamentals of Literacy Learning.
  • The Rockhurst University Office of Field Experiences acknowledges that field observations are a vital and mandatory component of your pre-service teacher program.  The observations allow you to have 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.  To this end, the 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 during the 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 gain the most out of the teaching opportunities.

Click Professional Semester Handbook (PDF) to view our Professional Semester (Student Teaching) Handbook.

Click Portfolio Process (PDF) to view our e-Portfolio process through our Portfolio Course Syllabus.

If you have questions about field experiences or student teaching, contact Mr. Phil Brown, Director of Field Experiences, at 816-501-4000 or