EPI Field Experience
There are two field experiences in the EPI program: Diversity in the Classroom Field Experience and Professional Foundations of Education Field Experience. Field experiences are valuable educational tools that give you an in-depth look inside the classroom and expose you to the various teaching methods of Florida’s educators.
Diversity in the Classroom Field Experience – 15 hours
This field experience can be completed in a classroom or it can be completed in other venues where children of the age group you will be teaching, interact with one another. The object of this field experience is to expose you to how diversity issues affect the way that children learn and how they interact with one another. During this field experience, you will be a “fly on the wall.” You will not be interacting with children; you will be observing and journaling.
Professional Foundations of Education Field Experience – 15 to 50 hours
You have three options for completing this field experience which is basically your “student teaching” field experience or “internship” in the case of Florida Virtual School.
- If you are a K-12, classroom teacher, teaching in your own classroom (either on a temporary certificate or working for a private school) you can complete the field experience tasks in your own classroom, with your own students.
- If you are seeking Elementary K-6 certification, AND LIVE IN PASCO OR HERNANDO COUNTY IN FLORIDA, you will be placed by the EPI Coordinator with a certified elementary teacher who will act as your mentor for the 15 hour (three-day) student teaching field experience. Note: You will have to complete a background check with the School District of Pasco County or the Hernando County School District, prior to being placed with a mentor teacher.
- If you are seeking certification in a K-12 subject area (such as Art or Music), or you are seeking certification in Grades 5-9 or Grades 6-12, you have the option of completing a five-week, 10 hours per week internship with a Florida Virtual School mentor. Note: You will have to complete a background check with through Florida Virtual School, prior to being placed with a mentor teacher.
For more information please review the Student Guide to Field Experience.