Welcome to the Office of Field Experiences
The Office of Field Experiences secures field placements for teaching candidates in CWU's College of Education and Professional Studies. We partner with more than 130 school districts to provide valuable learning experiences for future teachers. CWU's teacher education alumni are teaching in K-12 schools throughout Washington and beyond.
We look forward to supporting your educational journey. Let's put your classroom learning into action!
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Placement Application Deadlines
Please note that application deadlines are subject to change. Please check this site regularly, and follow us on Instagram for updates.
Student Teaching (EFC 480)
Fall: Apply by January 15
Winter: Apply by June 1
Spring: Apply by October 1
Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Internships
MAT administrative staff will send the application to each candidate's CWU email account upon program acceptance.
- Summer Cohort: March 15
- Winter Cohort: Application deadline TBA
Field Experience (EFC 330)
Pre-Fall and Fall: Apply by April 1
Winter: Apply by October 1
Spring: Apply by January 1
Elementary Labs and Practica
We also place for a variety of courses required for Elementary Education majors. Click the application link below for a full list of available courses.
- Fall: Apply by May 17
- Winter: Apply by October 15
- Spring: Apply by January 15
Student Teaching Webinars
Placement and certification staff will share details of the placement process, teacher certification, professional etiquette, and resume and teaching statement preparation. The webinar will also include an alumni panel with former student teachers! If you can't attend, you can still review slides from a previous webinar.
Webinars are held every quarter in September, January and May.
Vaccination Mandates and Eligibility
On August 18, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee announced a vaccination requirement for K-12 educators as well as a statewide mask mandate. The mandate applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. The requirement states:
"K-12 educators, school staff, coaches, bus drivers, school volunteers and others working in school facilities will have until October 18 to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. The requirement includes public, private and charter schools, and comes as schools across the state prepare to return for the 2021–2022 school year amid rapidly increasing case and hospitalization numbers. This does not impact students, regardless of age."
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has also created a list of Frequently Asked Questions that relate to the vaccine mandate.
Our placement policy states that teacher candidates must follow their host districts' safety protocols, including those related to COVID-19. If placed candidates choose to not comply with the vaccination and masking mandate, please be aware that your district or school may cancel your placement. You will likely have to defer to a future quarter.
CWU also requires all students to follow the University vaccination policy. For more information, visit the CWU vaccination requirement page. CWU vaccination exemption does not equate to a vaccine exemption for your placement. The school and district where you receive placement will determine your eligibility based on their vaccination policies. The Office of Field Experiences does not disclose students' vaccination status to districts, and we do not make special placement requests based on vaccination status.
To schedule a vaccination appointment, visit Vaccinate Washington.
Our policies have been updated due to COVID restrictions. Review the FAQs below and placement policy to learn more.
- If my placement is online, will it count toward my course and certification requirements?
Until further notice, you can log hours completed online or in person. Students will be evaluated regardless of instruction modality. Certification hour requirements will be reduced if necessary.
- What if I don't feel safe going into a physical classroom for my placement?
You will not be forced to enter a classroom if you feel physically unsafe due to COVID-19. Please be aware that COVID has greatly limited placement options, and a new placement is not guaranteed. Placement changes become less likely as each quarter approaches, and they will not be possible once the quarter begins. If a new placement cannot be found, you will have the option to defer to a later quarter.
- What COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will CWU provide to me for my placement?
Vision and Mission
Our vision: To provide a safe and caring environment that fosters life-long learning and inspires students to develop their full potential as contributing members of a global society.
Our mission: To offer help to all students. To approach learning in a supportive and positive environment where students and staff. To share responsibility for knowledge where students and staff value working and learning together.
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