Early Experience

All candidates in Furman's Teacher Education Program participate in a site-based interaction with a classroom teacher known as Early Experience. Undergraduate candidates typically participate in Early Experience when they are rising seniors; graduate students participate in Early Experience during a comparable point in their progress through the Teacher Education Program. Early Experience occurs during the first three-four weeks of the K-12 school year. Candidates are referred to as "co-teachers" during Early Experience.

Early Experience provides candidates with an orientation to the community, district, school, and classroom placement that elementary, secondary/foreign language candidates will use as their applied teaching sites during the Senior Block/Practicum, and which music candidates will use as the site for their Teaching Internship.

Early Experience Documents

 

Senior Year Graphics 



Senior Block

During the spring term of the senior year, elementary and secondary/foreign language candidates return to their Early Experience placement schools to participate in a full-time practicum. As co-teachers during this practicum, elementary and secondary/foreign language candidates will gradually assume all the teaching and administrative responsibilities of the cooperating teacher. These responsibilities will last most of the term, typically eight-ten weeks. Additional seminars for candidates will occur throughout the term in the late afternoon.

The Senior Block/Practicum is not the same as, or an equivalent to, the Teaching Internship. Rather, it serves as an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their readiness to proceed to the Teaching Internship, either as an induction teacher or as the co-teacher in the classroom of a cooperating teacher.

​Senior Block/Practicum Documents

Early Experience, Senior Block and Teaching Internship Handbook​

​Internship

All candidates must complete the Teaching Internship, though the timing and structure of the internship differ according to the licensure area and whether a candidate is in the Teacher to Teacher Program:

Music candidates complete their Teaching Internship with a cooperating teacher, typically during the spring term of the senior year.

Elementary and secondary/foreign language candidates who are not in the Teacher to Teacher Program complete their Teaching Internship with a cooperating teacher, typically during the fall term after graduation from Furman.

Elementary and secondary/foreign language candidates who are in the Teacher to Teacher Program complete their Teaching Internship (pending vacancies, funding, passing scores on PRAXIS II exams, and Furman/school district approval), as an induction teacher, typically during the fall term after graduation from Furman.

​Teaching Internship Documents

Early Experience, Senior Block and Teaching Internship Handbook​

​Performance Assessment System

The "Performance Assessment System" refers to the procedures used by the Teacher Education Program to monitor and evaluate candidates as they complete the requirements for certification. These procedures include, but are not limited to, admission into the Teacher Education Program; review of candidate transcripts; evaluation of candidate performance by Furman faculty, cooperating teachers, and school district personnel; and resolution of any concerns raised by faculty or the candidate. These procedures are described in detail in the documents that are listed under "Performance Assessment System."

Documents listed under "At a Glance" are summaries of the transition points (stages) through which candidates progress in the Teacher Education Program. Finally, the "Event/Concern Report" is the document used by the Teacher Education Program to formally identify a concern(s) about a candidate, and to provide a framework/time line for resolution of that concern(s).

​Performance Assessment System Documents

Assessment of Candidates, Elementary Education (Grades 2-6)

Assessment of Candidates, Foreign Languages

Assessment of Candidates, Music

Assessment of Candidates, Secondary

Candidate Performance Assessment Transition Points
"At A Glance"

Candidate Performance Assessment Transition Points "At A Glance" Elementary

Candidate Performance Assessment Transition Points "At A Glance" Secondary

Candidate Performance Assessment Transition Points "At A Glance" Foreign Languages

Candidate Performance Assessment Transition Points "At A Glance" Music

 
 

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