Supervising and grading assignments for 15 students is considered the equivalent of three credits toward load. Each student is observed at least once. The total number of hours in the field for the students is 75. Two credits are spent in the field and completing written assignments that relate to what the students are observing in the field. One credit is spent meeting on campus every other week. During the first week of the semester, there is mandatory Head Start training, which occurs before the students can be placed in Head Start. Students complete paper work before entering the program and placements are finalized during the first two weeks of the semester.
For one credit of fieldwork, students are expected to spend 50 hours in the field spread out throughout the semester. Arranging the placements and grading assignments for all students in fieldwork connected to a course, which a faculty member is teaching, is the equivalent of one credit toward load.
Supervising one student is the equivalent to .5 credits toward load. The supervisor visits each student two times (Birth to Three or Early Head Start). Students are in the field for a minimum of 300 hours (20 hours per week during 15 weeks)
Supervising one student teacher is equivalent to .33 credits toward load. The supervisor visits each student at least once (often twice; the first visit may be introductory). The students are in the field for a minimum of 150 hours (10 hours per week during 15 weeks).
Supervising one student is equivalent to .66 credits towards load (four to five students is equivalent to three credits toward load). The supervisor visits each student four times. The students are in the field for an entire semester (the semester based on the public school calendar; e.g. late August through mid-January) and spend one half of the semester in each placement. Student teaching in Ecuador is an option for one of the placements.