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Field Experience

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


Participation in field experience 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 (ATT) 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 observes research based best practices. 

As a participant in the field experience program, students observe for 30 hours (3-4 hours per week) for an optimum length of 10 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 three (3) on-campus seminars and a host school orientation during the semester.  Students are assigned to an MCPS school site in the region located nearest the campus at which they register for the coursework.   

IMPORTANT: Completion of fingerprinting for state and federal level background checks, Child Protective Services screening, and specific MCPS online trainings are mandatory for participation in any course requiring field experiences in a Montgomery County Public School. 

REQUIRED: Fall 2023 on-campus (Rockville Room SV 417) Compliance Day/ Course Orientation. Attendance is required at one of the following sessions. A sign-up link will be emailed directly to you. 

  • Thursday, August 24, 9:30 a.m.–noon or 12:30–3:00 p.m. (Primary Date)
  • Wednesday, August 30, 3:30–6:00 p.m. (Makeup Date)

ALL students registered for EDUC 102 and/or EDUC 202 will be sent full details about the clearance process via your Montgomery College email. 
Email questions to one of the contacts below. We look forward to working with you this semester.

Field Experience Coordinators: