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Field Experience

Observe and Participate in a Classroom with Teachers and Students
Field Experience


Participation in field experiences with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is an important component of all teacher education transfer programs at Montgomery College. Students earn credit towards the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree while observing in an assigned MCPS classroom. Mentored by a master teacher, participants get hands-on experience working with small groups of students and tutoring, in preparation towards becoming a future teacher. The field experience presents authentic learning opportunities where students observe research based best practices.  
As a participant in the field experience program, students observe for 30 hours (3 - 4 hours per week) for a minimum of I0 weeks. Students use observation as a tool for learning and then write reflective papers on assigned topics. In addition to the MCPS school experience, students will attend an on-campus midterm seminar and final seminar.  

Students enrolled in either EDUC I02 or EDUC 202 Field Experience courses must attend Compliance Days at the Rockville campus plus orientations which are held near the beginning of each semester.  Registered students should watch for emails with further information on the course and compliance requirements. 

IMPORTANT: Completion of fingerprinting for state and federal level background checks, Child Protective Services screening, proof of Covid-19 vaccination and specific MCPS online trainings are mandatory for participation in any course requiring experiences in MCPS. 

During the compliance dates, you will report to the Rockville Campus, Humanities Building Room 317, to complete four steps as outlined in the Compliance Day Checklist (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .  These two forms will be completed during that day as well so you may want to review them in advance.

If you have questions, please email them to one of the contacts below. We look forward to working with you.  

  Field Experience Program Coordinator  
Dr. Glenda Hernandez Tittle   
Field Experience Assistant Coordinator   
Prof. Mary Beth Johnson