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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 a 12- week placement requiring 8-10 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-12 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.

In order to provide the Office of Field Experiences with sufficient information regarding location preference, please complete the online STAR forms thoroughly in advance of the closing date. 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, both face-to-face and video-based, as appropriate for the placement. Placements outside local driving distance from Manhattan, Kansas, may involve evaluation observations using video recordings or live cloud-based observations (i.e., Zoom, SKYPE, GoToMeeting etc.). In cases utilizing streaming or recording devices, the School District shall have responsibility for seeking any desired or required parental awareness and approval. 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 the MAT program or the Director of Field Experiences.

Technology for Field Experiences

All 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 Purchasing Information is available on the Technology Resources page

More information about the SWIVL

Along with the SWIVL Robot, students need to sign up for a SWIVL Cloud pro account. The SWIVL Cloud account costs $50.00 for a 12-month membership. More information regarding the SWIVL and the SWIVL Cloud will be provided by your supervisor during your practicum and internship.

Finally, all 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.


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 of 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.

Points of Contact

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Dr. Thomas S. Vontz
Professor and Director
203 Bluemont Hall

Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs

Dr. Kay Ann Taylor
Associate Professor and 
Graduate Program Coordinator
228 Bluemont Hall

College of Education
Field Experiences

Dr. David Allen
Associate Professor and
Director, Office of Field Experiences
246 Bluemont Hall

Department of Curriculum
and Instruction

Dr. F. Todd Goodson
Associate Professor and
Department Chair
261 Bluemont Hall

Global Campus Program

Rosemary Boggs
College of Education
Academic Program Coordinator

K-State Global Campus

1615 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
1-800-622-2578 (toll free)

Kansas State University
Graduate School

103 Fairchild Hall
800-651-1816 (toll free)