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College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5525
785-532-7304 fax
edcoll@k-state.edu

Dr. Thomas S. Vontz
Professor and Director
tvontz@k-state.edu

Dr. David Allen
Associate Professor
Director of Field Experiences
dallen@k-state.edu

Julie Hunt
Global Campus
College of Education
Academic Program Coordinator
1-800-622-2578 (toll free)
jhunt@k-state.edu

Field Experiences

EDCI 800 Teaching Practicum and
EDCI 801 Internship in K-12 Schools

MAT students will participate in two separate field experiences. EDCI 800 Teaching Practicum occurs during the fall semester from September to November. This practicum consists of an 11-12- week placement requiring 6 hours per week. This course runs concurrently with EDCI 791 Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Elementary School and EDCI 792 Teaching Social Studies, Reading, and Literacy in the Elementary Schools. The practicum is designed to provide a field experience in which students apply the pedagogical knowledge developed through the EDCI 791 and 792 courses. Therefore, the field experience should span the entire semester and is not a placement that can be completed in just a few short weeks.

The EDCI 801 Internship in K-6 Schools is the capstone experience for MAT students. This course begins in January and consists of full day placement, Monday through Friday, for 12 weeks. During the student internship, all MAT students must be prepared to dedicate full attention to the program. Students assume all duties of the teacher and require adequate preparation time. The 12-week semester should be considered a full time position. The university recommends that activities outside the classroom be held to a minimum.

The Director of Field Experiences in consultation with the Director of the MAT program will make placement assignments for both the practicum and the internship. Every effort will be made to accommodate the MAT students in terms of location and travel. All MAT students are required to complete the MAT Student Teaching Assignment Request (STAR) survey. This survey will be made available after May 15 and will be open for 2 weeks.

All MAT placements must occur in school districts that allow for the supervision of student interns through distance education. This supervision model relies heavily on videos recorded and uploaded to a secure cloud-based server. Any district unwilling to abide by the agreements in the partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will not qualify as a placement possibility. Specifically, potential school districts must agree to:

  1. Allow student teachers to conduct classroom observations and lesson presentation (to include whole group, small group, and individual) under the guidance of the Cooperating Teacher;
  2. Allow student teachers to use video and audio recording devices for the purpose of individual reflection and evaluation, as well as preparation of the student teacher work sample (the portfolio the University uses as an evaluation tool to inform recommendations for licensure);
  3. Allow the University Contact access to the classroom for normally scheduled evaluation observations (video-based). The School District shall have responsibility for seeking any desired or required parental awareness and approval for video recording. The University shall take reasonable steps to ensure any such video recording is not publicly accessible; and
  4. Allow the student teacher and require the Cooperating Teacher to provide evaluations of the overall student teaching program.

Experiences for the practicum and internship should occur in the same placement in order to fully immerse teacher candidates in the school community. The placement process will occur prior to the beginning of the fall semester and students will be notified individually when placements have been secured and all documentation is in order. All questions regarding possible placement decisions should be addressed to the Director of Field Experiences.


Technology for Field Experiences – Swivl

photo of SWIVL robot deviceAll students participating in the MAT program are assigned a university supervisor during the practicum and the internship. The supervision process involves the use of a SWIVL Robot and a recording device. Each MAT student is required to purchase and use a SWIVL Robot in both the practicum and the internship.

Swivl is a robotic device used to transform field experiences and university supervision. Swivl connects seamlessly to your tablet or smartphone turning it into an automated video solution, which follows you and records as you teach and interact in the classroom. Swivl comes with a one-click remote which can be worn or held. The remote features a built in microphone used to capture your voice.

Swivl is used to:

  • Document classroom experience
  • Allow university supervisors to give specific feedback for professional development
  • Engage in conversations about your practice with your university supervisor
  • Reflect upon your own practice by watching your Swivl videos
  • Collaborate, connect, and converse with your university supervisor

Purchasing information for the SWIVL (PDF)

More information about the SWIVL

photo of a Swivl device being used in a classroomAll students are required to utilize some form of tablet technology or smart phone. The personal device must be able to connect with the SWIVL Robot and SWIVL Cloud (i.e., smartphones, iPad, or Android tablets). Each personal technology device will require the SWIVL Capture application (free download) installed prior to attempting to connect to the SWIVL Robot.

Additional information regarding SWIVL requirements can be found at https://support.swivl.com.

Note: All students are required to purchase their own Swivl device for the field-based courses.

Swivl App

The Swivl application is available as a free download for iOS and Android.

This application is Swivl’s hub for content management. Using the application students will capture video, upload it to the Swivl cloud, and utilize the video commenting to communicate and interact with University Supervisors.


Documentation

MAT students will be required to provide several documents to the Office of Field Experiences at Kansas State University. Prior to placement in Kansas Schools all interns must provide documentation of:

  1. Negative Tuberculosis screening – This screening can be one of three forms, medical examination screening and certification by a licensed physician, screening through injection, or official documentation of a chest x-ray certified non active TB by a physician.
  2. Verification of viewing of Blood-borne Pathogens video.
  3. Proof of certification in First Aid and CPR.
  4. Federal background check.
  5. Liability insurance provided by a national teacher organization or the MAT student’s personal insurance agent. Membership in a teaching organization is generally the most cost effective method to meet this requirement.