Omaha – "Teaching is a Practice, and teaching candidates need practice," is the motto of Sarah Edwards, Department Chair for Teacher Education at UNO, and is the basis for the College of Education's updated field experience for Teacher Education students.
Students at UNO have the unique opportunity of being placed in their field experience every day. Yes, you read that right. Every day, Teacher Education students are side-by-side with peers and mentors in the classroom they are helping instruct for their field experience. Daily, they are learning and growing in their field experience classroom, from the beginning of their teaching career as an undergraduate student to the end. Seniors spend a full year in the same classroom as opposed to the common, single-semester approach.
Two out of three metro area teachers have a degree from UNO's Teacher Education program. This not only gives teaching candidates better experiences to learn from those who have gone before them, but better prepares them for expectations post-graduation. Along with intensive field experience training, UNO students are guided by Instructional Coaches, who give feedback and encouragment when needed. This collaborative model between teaching candidates, cooperative teachers, coaches and faculty is based on new research that says more experience before graduation makes for stronger, better-equiped teachers post-graduation.
Read more about the UNO's Teacher Education program from the Omaha World Herald.