Field Experiences – The Key to Being Ready for Your Classroom

College of Saint Mary education graduates are known to be effective from the start in their classroom because of what they have learned in the our classrooms and the field.

Very early on at College of Saint Mary we’ll give you opportunities to apply what you’re learning in the classroom to real life through student teaching and field experiences. We leverage our reputation as a leader in educating teachers and our community connections for you!

How Field Experiences Work

Every student requesting a student teaching placement must have completed at least 100 hours in pre-student teaching experiences. Our students complete an average of 200 hours. These experiences are required and provided within course structures that meet student teaching requirements.

L.I.F.E. (Literacy Influences Future Experiences)

Gaining pre-service teaching experiences in partnership schools is required in early, elementary and middle school education. Coursework instruction is integrated with practicum sessions at College of Saint Mary, Girls, Inc., and partner schools. These experiences are required for all education students to meet course requirements. Students enrolled in teaching elementary/middle literacy and reading assessment complete 80 practicum hours.

Operation S.M.A.R.T. (Science, Math and Relevant Technology)

Operation S.M.A.R.T. is a partnership between Girls, Inc., Omaha and College of Saint Mary. The mission of Girls, Inc. is to encourage girls and young women to be strong, smart and bold and to make career choices and develop leadership skills that have traditionally not been open to them. With Operations S.M.A.R.T., kindergarten through sixth grade girls of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups receive instruction in natural and social sciences, math and technology. The girls from Girls, Inc., come to campus in an after-school program two afternoons a week for instructional activities. These activities provide hands on natural/social science and math experiences and gender equity. The girls work extensively with computers, cameras, handheld devices and other technology. Students enrolled in teaching math and natural/social science courses provide this instruction and complete 64 practicum hours in Operation S.M.A.R.T.

Crestview Homework Club

Homework Club is a partnership between Mercy Housing and College of Saint Mary. The teacher education students from College of Saint Mary provide tutoring to elementary age children. Students enrolled in guidance and management and multi-cultural education complete 30 practicum hours through this program.