The Teacher Education program recognizes that hands-on work with students is a crucial component in learning to teach, and Seaver College teacher education candidates have many opportunities to interact with elementary students, middle school students, and high school students. In fact, one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program is to verify previous experience working with children and youth in church and school settings, as a tutor, and/or in service-learning projects. This requirement provides the faculty with some assurance that students entering the program have the experiences to make an informed choice to become teachers. Throughout the subject-matter coursework, faculty prepare students with in-depth applicable content for the classroom.
Each professional preparation course includes fieldwork in increasing amounts, so that by the time students are placed in Introduction to Student Teaching (EDUC 571 or EDUC 581) they have completed at least 90 hours of fieldwork in schools. Besides confirming a student's commitment to becoming a teacher, this early classroom experience enriches the content of professional preparation courses as professors connect educational theory to students' observations and work in local school classrooms.