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College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-7304 fax

Dr. Thomas S. Vontz
Professor and Director

Eileen Wertzberger
Coordinator of Field Experiences

Julie Hunt
K-State Online
College of Education
Academic Program Coordinator
1-800-622-2578 (toll free)

Field Experiences

EDCI 800 Teaching Practicum and
EDCI 801 Internship in Schools

MAT students will participate in two separate field experiences. EDCI 800 Teaching Practicum occurs during the fall semester from September to November. This practicum consists of an 11-12- week placement requiring 6 hours per week. MAT students are required to be in the classroom 2-3 days a week for a total of 6 hours a week. Time in the classroom must be during the time subject matter is taught. This course runs concurrently with the content area classes MAT students take in the fall term. The practicum is designed to provide a field experience in which students apply the pedagogical knowledge developed through the content courses. Therefore, the field experience should span the 11-12 weeks specified and is not a placement that can be completed in just a few short weeks.

The EDCI 801 Internship in Schools is the capstone experience for MAT students. This course begins in January and consists of full day placement, Monday through Friday, for 12 weeks. During the student internship, all MAT students must be prepared to dedicate full attention to the program. Students assume all duties of a teacher and require adequate preparation time. The 12-week internship should be considered a full time position. The university recommends that activities outside the classroom be held to a minimum.

The Office of Field Experiences in consultation with the Director of the MAT program will make placement assignments for both the practicum and the internship. Every effort will be made to accommodate the MAT students in terms of location and travel. All MAT students are required to complete a survey pertaining to their placement preferences. This survey will be made available in May. Final decisions about placements will be made by the school districts and the Office of Field Experiences.

All MAT placements must occur in state accredited and state approved school districts that allow for the supervision of student interns through distance education. This supervision model relies heavily on videos recorded and uploaded to a secure cloud-based server. Any district unwilling to abide by the agreements in the partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will not qualify as a placement possibility. Specifically, potential school districts must agree to:

  1. Allow student teachers to conduct classroom observations and lesson presentation (to include whole group, small group, and individual) under the guidance of the Cooperating Teacher;
  2. Allow student teachers to use video and audio recording devices for the purpose of individual reflection and evaluation, as well as preparation of the student teacher work sample (the portfolio the University uses as an evaluation tool to inform recommendations for licensure);
  3. Allow the University Contact access to the classroom for normally scheduled evaluation observations (video-based). The School District shall have responsibility for seeking any desired or required parental awareness and approval for video recording. The University shall take reasonable steps to ensure any such video recording is not publicly accessible; and
  4. Allow the student teacher and require the Cooperating Teacher to provide evaluations of the overall student teaching program.

Experiences for the practicum and internship should occur in the same placement in order to fully immerse teacher candidates in the school community. The placement process will occur prior to the beginning of the fall semester and students will be notified individually when placements have been secured and all documentation is in order. All questions regarding possible placement decisions should be addressed to the Coordinator of Field Experiences.

Technology for Field Experiences

photo of students recording video in a classroom

All students participating in the MAT program are assigned a university supervisor during the practicum and the internship. The supervision process involves the use of a microphone and a recording device. Each MAT student is required to purchase and use the equipment in both the practicum and the internship.

The recording equipment will be used to:

  • Document classroom experience
  • Allow university supervisors to give specific feedback for professional development
  • Engage in conversations about your practice with your university supervisor
  • Reflect upon your own practice by watching your videos
  • Collaborate, connect, and converse with your university supervisor 


MAT students will be required to provide several documents to the Office of Field Experiences at Kansas State University. Prior to placement in Kansas Schools all interns must provide documentation of:

  1. Negative Tuberculosis screening – This screening can be one of three forms, medical examination screening and certification by a licensed physician, screening through injection, or official documentation of a chest x-ray certified non active TB by a physician.
  2. Verification of viewing of Blood-borne Pathogens video.
  3. Proof of certification in First Aid and CPR.
  4. Federal background check.
  5. Liability insurance provided by a national teacher organization or the MAT student’s personal insurance agent. Membership in a teaching organization is generally the most cost effective method to meet this requirement.