CI 495B (sometimes referred to as pre-student teaching) is a three-credit, non-graded course taken the semester before student teaching. Students are in 4th-6th grade classrooms every Monday and Tuesday for full days, as well as Wednesday mornings for the semester. Students also spend a full week in the school towards the end of the semester. Students have the opportunity to plan, teach lessons, and work with students in the middle grades. You are encouraged not to take additional courses during this semester due to workload and school site responsibilities.


C I 495B, the pre-student teaching field experiences for 4-8 occur in schools within commuting distance, a 60 to 70 mile radius, of University Park. Students must make arrangements for their own transportation. Special housing is not required.

Requirements and Documentation

  1. Grade Point Average: You must have earned a "C" or better in all prerequisite courses. (It is the student's responsibility to insure that all prerequisites have been met. If in doubt, contact your academic adviser.)
  2. Registration: You must be registered for all appropriate methods courses in addition to C I 495A.
  3. Clearances: On the first day of class, you must present your field experience instructor with photocopies of the following:
  4. Valid Act 34--Criminal History Clearance
  5. Valid Act 151--PA Child Abuse Clearance
  6. Valid FBI Fingerprint Clearance
  7. Arrest/ Conviction Report and Certification Form (Act 24)
  8. Department policy requires evidence of the above-noted clearances and verifications on the first class day of the semester. If you do not have valid clearances (that is, you have an offense listed), please see your supervisor. You must retain the original copy of each of the clearances and verifications noted previously. Photocopies only are to be given to field experience instructors and will not be returned.
  9. Liability Insurance: Verification of Professional Liability Insurance (Liability insurance must be current throughout the duration of the field experience.)
  10.   Tuberculosis Test: Verification of a valid tuberculosis test.
  11.   Guest Host Form (signed).
  12.   Mandated Reporter Training.
  13.   Transportation: You must have, or have arranged for, transportation to and from your placement site.