Starting during your first semester in one of our teacher preparation programs, you work with children in school settings and observe experienced teachers practicing the skills and techniques you’re studying. You visit these field settings in the local community during every semester in which you are taking courses in our department. The visits allow you to carry out specific course-related tasks such as conducting observations, teaching lessons, conducting experiments, and administering assessments.
Toward the end of your program, you complete a 15-week student teaching internship at a Maine public school that has a preexisting relationship with UNE. Because our Department of Education has cultivated collaborative relationships with these schools through the years, we have come to know their cultures and faculty members well. We rely on them and they rely on us to place student teachers in classrooms where they will gain meaningful learning experiences and where the local students will benefit too.