Office of Field Experiences

Fall 2021 Field Experiences: 

  • All teacher education early field experiences will be conducted in person. This includes PSY 3010 and SPE 3300. Students who are enrolled in these courses will receive more information once the semester begins.
  • Teacher education methods-based internships will vary by program and department. In-person internships or practicums will be allowed; however, all placements could be subject to change based on Department of Health guidance and school district policy. The instructor for these courses will provide more detailed information as these internships are course-specific.
  • Student teachers will follow the expectations and schedule of the clinical educator and the school in which they are assigned. All seminars and regional meetings will be conducted remotely. 
  • Students in the professional school counseling program will follow the expectations and schedule of the school in which they are assigned. 
  • Students in the clinical mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy programs will follow the expectations and schedule of the agency and site in which they are assigned.   

For specific questions regarding teacher education field experiences during the Fall 2021 semester, please email the Interim Director of Clinical Education, Carrie Afanador.

 For specific questions regarding counseling and therapy internships and practicums, please email your program field experience coordinator.


Practice makes perfect! So RCOE students work in real classrooms, early and often.

The Office of Field Experiences manages all field experiences for the Reich College of Education.

All Appalachian State University teacher education programs that lead to licensure or a similar credential require multiple site-based field experiences throughout the program as well as on-campus and regional meetings prior to and during student teaching.

All students participating in field experiences must complete a Criminal Background Check. Reports are valid for six months.  

Early Core Field Experiences

All teacher education candidates, at the beginning of their programs, are involved in early field experiences which focus upon specific teaching and learning concepts and seek to support young learners in a variety of ways and in various contexts. Learn more about the various sites and programs! 

Methods-based Internships/Practicums

Courses beyond early field experiences require additional field experiences. These field experiences are connected to methods courses and are designed to build upon the early field experiences to provide increased classroom and teaching experience as a bridge to Clinical Internship. Each program has a required number of field hours along with varied assignments designated by the program area. Supervision is provided by the program area faculty. All field experience placements are made by the Office of Field Experiences in cooperation with school district officials.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the capstone experience of teacher preparation. Courses in teacher education have presented you with a variety of ideas and opportunities to learn about teaching. Now it is time for you to put the knowledge, skills, and experience to practice. Learn more about student teaching!

Appalachian State University encourages global learning; therefore, the Office of Field Experiences strives to provide its teacher candidates with a well-rounded education through multi-cultural and international opportunities. Students seeking the North Carolina teaching license are afforded opportunities to complete a portion of the student teaching experience in another country. Learn more about these opportunities!

Explanation of Students' Rights During Field Placements

Because the purpose of field placement is to gain experience as a teacher and a colleague, should a teacher candidate have a concern about their field placement, we urge them wherever possible to make the attempt to deal with the issue in a collegial and professional way.

  • RCOE teacher candidates, while in field placements, remain students of Appalachian State University and are entitled to the same rights and protections as on campus.
  • It is unacceptable for any teacher candidate to feel threatened or unsafe in their field placement.
  • The RCOE Office of Field Experiences will take every possible step to ensure the best possible professional settings for all, but we acknowledge that we cannot anticipate every possible challenge.

If a student needs assistance, please note the following resources:

The college stands committed to the safety of every student regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. This commitment extends to students in all field placements.