Field Experience

As soon as schools are in session, you are in the classroom!

The carefully sequenced Field Practicum/Student Teaching Curriculum provides a structure for candidates to not only put into practice what they learn in coursework, but also to reflect critically on that practice. In each placement, candidates learn to work effectively with diverse students – a primary objective of the program. They practice research-based teaching strategies in the classroom and appropriate differentiated instruction to meet the academic and social needs of all students.

The Field Practicum/Student Teaching Curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the educational requirements of the MAE/TC or MEd/TC Programs, the professional development needs of candidates, and the needs of the communities that candidates serve. All candidates begin the graduated Field Practicum/Student Teaching sequence during their first quarter of enrollment. Assignments are developmentally sequenced, to gradually prepare for full-time teaching responsibilities. All university supervision of field work and student teaching is conducted by faculty who are thoroughly familiar with the mission and learning objectives of the entire program and who are current in their knowledge of the Common Core State Standards.

Develop Your Theory of Practice

The Field Practicum curriculum develops instructional competencies and social change skills. Through application of theory, research, pedagogy, personal philosophy, and interpersonal interaction, candidates construct their professional theory of practice.

Serve the Local Community

Candidates learn how to identify the specific needs of culturally different communities, work with them in responsive ways, and contribute their passion for teaching, enthusiasm about learning, and vision of social change.

Make Connections

Sites are located throughout the greater Santa Barbara area (Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Santa Ynez) and include public schools, dual-immersion schools, public charters, and public progressive schools.

AUSB Graduate Education

“Teacher Education plays an important role in our society. At AUSB we take that role seriously and honor the trust our community places in the teachers who graduate from our credential programs. Every teacher candidate has a full year of fieldwork, leading to a two-week takeover of all classroom responsibilities. We know that by concurrent experiences in the field and high quality research based coursework, our candidates have the opportunities they need to construct a strong professional foundation to begin teaching.” 

– Marianne D’Emidio-Caston, AUSB Director of Teacher Education

Open Alternative School & Antioch University Santa Barbara Partnership

The multi-dimensional partnership between Open Alternative School (OAS) and AUSB includes a professional development site that represents the missions of both institutions and our shared vision for progressive education.

Candidates are able to hone their professional knowledge and skills in a setting consistent with the desired outcomes and pedagogy of Antioch University and OAS: promoting the values of social justice, ecological literacy, access to core curriculum, and advocacy.

In addition to OAS serving as a location for field experience, AUSB also has a Professional Development Learning Laboratory at the OAS school site, which provides a dedicated space for faculty to meet with candidates to discuss best practices in education to support all dimensions of human learning.