Observation and Participation

Pre-Student Teaching Educational Field Experiences

The purpose of pre-student teaching field experiences is to give students pursuing teacher education a systematic, planned sequence of experiences in appropriate educational settings. These experiences are designed to familiarize students with principles of classroom management and the teaching-learning process in practical and real school environments and to help them learn how to teach.

Prerequisite Requirement for all Field Experiences

It is up to each individual student to research into the proper and appropriate criminal background check for her/his field experience placement.  All students engaged in a field experience, must complete at the minimum a Limited Criminal History background check.

Students must complete the video training "Protecting Children from Sexual Misconduct" before placement requests will be processed.

OTES-CP will run local and national sexual offender checks on all students engaged in an initial licensure field experience - Decision Point 1 - 4.

A step-by-step guide on how to complete an Observation can be found here.

Burris Observation Instructions

Submitting your request: 

*As a reminder, students must complete all prerequisite requirements stated above before registering for a field experience.

Students must come to TC 205 and complete a request form to observe at Burris.  Five business days are required to process the observation request.  If a student’s request is denied, OTES/CP will notify the student by e-mail as soon as we are notified.    

Students must come the day before or the day of the scheduled observation and pick up the confirmation pink sheet needed to take with them.  Students must pick up the pink sheet before the scheduled observation.  In addition to the pink sheet, students must bring a valid Ball State ID and a copy of their criminal background check EVERY time they enter the school.

Schools are instructed to deny the students access without the proper entry materials.  If a student is permitted access without the proper materials, it is still counted, as a “No Show” and the student will need to do another observation.

Once the student has completed the observation and has the teacher sign their pink sheet, he/she must return the signed paperwork to the Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice in TC205 within two weeks.

If you are unable to make it to your observation, please contact OTES/CP at 765-285-1168

 

Muncie Community and Delaware County Schools     

Submitting your request: 

*As a reminder, students must complete all prerequisite requirements stated above before registering for a field experience.

Students who wish to observe in a Muncie Community or Delaware County School must come to TC 205 and complete a request form.  Ten working days are required to process the observation request but students should allow a few days longer for the Delaware County Schools.   If the student’s request is denied, this office will notify the student by e-mail as soon as we are notified.  

Unless their observation request is denied, students must come the day of or the day before the scheduled observation and pick up the paperwork to take with them.  Students must pick up the pink sheet before the scheduled observation.  The schools are instructed to deny the student access without the proper entry materials.   If a student is permitted access without the proper entry materials, it is still counted as a “No Show” and the student will need to do another observation.   

Once the student has completed the observation and has the teacher sign their pink sheet, he/she must return the signed paperwork within two weeks to the Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice.

 

Outside of Delaware County

Submitting your request: 

*As a reminder, students must complete all prerequisite requirements stated above before registering for a field experience.

Students are permitted to observe classrooms outside of Muncie and Delaware County.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the observation prior to the visit.  The student will be required to follow all policies and procedures of the school being observed. 

Students must come to TC 205 to pick up the blue form required for observations outside of Delaware County.  Upon completion of the observation, the student must return the signed form to TC 205.

 

Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice
TC 205
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-1168