Field Experiences and Practicum

Field experience is an integral part of the curriculum in all of RWU's Department of Education programs. Through it, prospective educators in the Department of Education at Roger Williams University:

  • Gain experience and proficiency teaching academically, culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse students through a range of field experiences in urban, urban-ring, and suburban placements.
  • Have ongoing opportunities through field experiences to integrate subject matter and pedagogical knowledge into teaching practice.
  • Perform field work in schools and classrooms that are consistent with the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards
  • Are guided in their development by expert full-time and adjunct faculty Clinical Educators and highly effective School-based Clinical Educators during Practicum and Student Teaching.

Learn more about what you can expect during your field experiences, or how to sign up for one through the many helpful links below:

Contact Information

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The Field Experiences Office is located on the ground floor of the Law School within the Department of Education Office Suite: Office 75 and Office 76. The Field Experiences Office is open from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. The staff of the Field Experiences Office develops partnerships with school districts that enable students to complete site-based course work during the freshman through junior years, culminating in Practicum and Student Teaching during their senior year. 

Field Experiences Office Personnel:

Denise Boule is the Director of Partnerships and Field Experiences.  Denise develops partnerships with districts and schools to achieve mutually beneficial experiences for the district schools and RWU education students completing a degree leading to teacher certification.  Denise may be reached at 401-254-3002, dboule@rwu.edu, or by visiting Office 75

Karen Agoros is the Coordinator of Field Experiences. Karen works with prospective educators to coordinate placements in K-12 schools. She manages agreements with districts, schools, and Clinical Educators. Karen may be reached at 401-254-5635, kagoros@rwu.edu, or by visiting Office 77

Partnership Schools and Districts

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The Department of Education at Roger Williams University has partnerships with elementary, middle and high schools across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts where many of our students perform their student teaching. Schools and locations include:

Bristol, Rhode Island

  • Colt Andrews School
  • Guiteras Elementary School
  • Hugh Cole School
  • Kickemuit Middle School
  • Mt. Hope High School
  • Rockwell Elementary School

Dorado, Puerto Rico

  • TASIS Dorado

East Providence, Rhode Island

  • Gordon School
  • Martin Middle School
  • Myron Francis Elementary School

New Bedford, Massachusetts

  • Carlos Pacheco School

Fall River, Massachusetts

  • Durfee High School
  • Frank M. Silvia Elementary School
  • Henry Lord Middle School
  • William Greene School

Johnston, Rhode Island

  • Johnston High School

Middletown, Rhode Island

  • Aquidneck Elementary School
  • Gaudet Learning Academy

Newport, Rhode Island

  • Rogers High School
  • Sullivan Elementary School
  • Underwood Elementary School

North Kingstown, Rhode Island

  • Stony Lane Elementary School
  • Hamilton Elementary School

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

  • Elizabeth Baldwin School
  • Nathanael Greene Elementary School
  • Shea High School

Portsmouth, Rhode Island

  • Melville Elementary School
  • Portsmouth High School

Providence, Rhode Island

  • Bishop McVinney Elementary School
  • Charles N. Fortes Elementary School
  • Paul Cuffee School
  • Providence Academy of International Studies
  • Veazie Street School

Tiverton, Rhode Island

  • Pocassett Elementary School
  • Ranger Elementary School
  • Tiverton Middle School

Seekonk, Massachuseetts

  • Mildred H. Aiken Elementary School
  • Seekonk High School

Somerset, Massachusetts

  • Chace Street School

Student Teaching

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Student Teaching takes place over one full semester for a 14 week period of time. This is a supervised experience under the guidance of a Clinical Educator from the school and University Clinical Educator. Both the School-based Clinical Educator and University Clinical Educator mentor the students through observation of the participants in their school settings, providing feedback on their performance artifacts, and making recommendations for initial Licensure. Student teachers must also participate in a Student Teaching seminar with their Clinical Educator.

Student Teaching Seminar
This course is taken concurrently with student teaching. The purpose of the course is to explore the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards and the Professional Teaching Competencies as goals that teachers must need in order to be recommended for initial licensure. Course participants are actively involved in a workshop setting dedicated to understanding and interpreting the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards and Professional Teaching Competencies and preparing materials as evidence of achieving those standards. In addition, guest speakers provide knowledge of professional education organizations and issues of continued licensure beyond the provisional certificate.

Completed applications for Student Teaching should be delivered to the Director of Partnerships and Field Placements in Office 76 of the Department of Education Suite.

Student Teaching Application
RI Student Teacher Certification Application Form
Field Guide

Praxis Series information and registration can be obtained on the following website: www.ets.org/praxis.

Questions/concerns about practicum and/or student teaching can be directed to:
Karen Agoros, Coordinator of Field Experiences, at 401-254-5635 or email at kagoros@rwu.edu.
Denise Boule, Director of Partnerships and Field Experiences, at 401-254-3002, or email at dboule@rwu.edu

Practicum

This course is designed to engage pre-service teachers in teaching experience at the elementary or secondary school level. Students are placed in a public school for a minimum of 100 hours of participation. During this field experience, students are required to perform several teaching actions and provide corresponding artifacts in their portfolio. This is a supervised field experience. University Clinical Educators observe participants in their school settings, assess their performance artifacts and provide seminars to debrief experiences and explore teaching/learning topics. Pre-service teachers work toward meeting the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS) in an authentic classroom setting.

Completed application forms for Elementary and Secondary Practicum should be returned to the Field Experiences Office located in the Department of Education Office Suite, Office 76.

Praxis Series information and registration can be obtained on the following website: www.ets.org/praxis.

Questions/concerns about practicum and/or student teaching can be directed to 
Karen Agoros, Coordinator of Field Experiences, at 401-254-5635 or email at kagoros@rwu.edu or, Denise Boule at 401-254-3002, email at dboule@rwu.edu.