Secondary Education FAQ
Q: When do we have to fill out graduation paperwork?
A: Graduation paperwork must be submitted by midterm of the semester prior to graduation.
Q: What is the Beginning of the Year Experience?
A: The Beginning of the Year Experience is a planned field experience where you spend time with a practicing teacher at the beginning of the school year. You learn about the start up of school and the first days of school. August Experience consists of the first ten days of school including pre-planning.
Q: I have to miss part of my Beginning of the Year Experience for a family vacation. Can I make up the time?
A: No – You can not miss this experience. You are given the information about this at least a year in advance. Plan accordingly.
Q: Why can't we select the schools where we do our field experiences?
A: We are required to provide a variety of field experiences for you. In order to assure that you have experienced diverse field experience placements, your field experience placements are made through our Partner School Network. For a list of schools we use, see the Partner School Network link on our website.
Q: How long is apprenticeship?
A: Apprenticeship consists of 75 days including any staff development days.
Q: How can I find out who my advisor is?
A: A current list of advisors can be found on the Department of Teacher Education website.
Q: If I'm taking two classes with the field experience requirement, will I be working at two different schools?
A: No. You will be placed at one school to complete all the required field hours.
Q: If I am taking two classes with a field experience requirement, do I need to turn evidence of my 45 hours to both instructors?
A: Yes. You need to turn in all your time documentation forms to both instructors. These forms must record 90 hours so each instructor is aware you are not counting the same 45 hours two times.
Q: Are students allowed to choose the schools in which to complete their field experiences?
A: No. The faculty will try to accommodate all requests, but there are no guarantees.
Q: Which courses are only offered once each academic year?
A: SCED 4102 is always offered during the fall semester, and SCED 4101 is always offered during the spring semester
Q: Are courtesy placements (students from another institution completing their apprenticeship under the supervision of ASU faculty) accepted at GRU? If so, what is the cost associated with this service?
A: Yes, courtesy placements are sometimes accepted at GRU. However, these placements must be approved by the chair and are approved based on our ability to place a student in a Partner School and our ability to supervise extra students that semester. The charge for a courtesy placement is $500 (which covers travel reimbursement and supervision fees for the University Supervisor and Mentor Teacher).