MAT Field Experiences

Every course in the MAT program has at its core several field experiences. The documents linked on this page provides an overview, course by course, of what types of experiences the teacher candidate should expect when taking each course, and guidelines for setting up field observations. It is the teacher candidate’s responsibility to be prepared to engage in the field experiences. In many school systems, this will often entail having to complete specific forms and paperwork in a timely manner, having background checks, and even being fingerprinted.  Each school system is different. 


The "Guidelines for Setting Up Field Experiences" provide an information to help you get started with setting up field experiences, including information on what is required in certain counties.  Please take the time to review this document before you begin contacting schools to set up visits.


The "Overview of MAT Field Experiences" provide descriptions of the current field experiences and related assignments required throughout the MAT program, including the number of hours required for each experience and in each course. Attached at the bottom of this page are related documents referenced in field experience descriptions in EDTP 600, EDTP 639, and EDTP 645.


Please note that these are living documents and are subject to change.


Please make sure that you purchase Tk20 before you begin your first class.  You will use Tk20 in every course throughout the program, to submit assessments and projects, verify field experience observations, and to prepare your eportfolio. 


Each semester, you will enter into Tk20 details on the schools where you complete each of your field experiences.  You can also watch short videos on how to submit your field experience placement details and other Tk20 items here: http://umuctk20support.yolasite.com/MAT-Student-Support.php


Each time you conduct an observation, you will bring a copy of the "MAT Field Experience Observation Verification Form" with you and have the teacher you observe sign off verifying your time.  You will then attached the signed form to the Field Experience Placement Location Form in Tk20 for the particular experience.

Candidates in the MAT program observe or participate in classrooms with at least the four types of diversity listed below during their field and/or clinical experiences. Candidates are expected to have diverse field placements in at least two different schools, as well as other non-school field placements. Prior to EDTP 645 (the fourth of five courses), candidates must have placements which are diverse in terms of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English Language Learners (ELL), and exceptionalities.  Candidates document their placements in Tk20 through forms associated with each course. Criteria for a diverse school setting include:

    • Race / Ethnicity (schools with two or more of the following race/ethnicity groups: Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Native American or Alaska Native, white, and ≥25% non-white) 
    • Socioeconomic Status / Free and Reduced Meals (schools with 25% FARMS)
    • Students with Exceptionalities (schools with 10 students with disabilities)
    • English Language Learner (ELL) Enrollment (schools 10 English Language Learners)

      Candidate who began the MAT program in Fall 2015 and after will track completion of experiences in diversity settings on the MAT Diversity Tracking Form (attached below; note there is one form for candidate who began EDTP 600 prior to Fall 2016 and a different version for candidates beginning in/after Fall 2016).  Please read the instructions on the form carefully.  As mentioned, for each school you visit for an observation, you will be looking up and providing the demographic information in the Placement Location Form.  Each time you observe in a school that meets the classification as a “diverse setting,” as defined above, you will enter that school’s information into the MAT Diversity Tracking Form under the appropriate diversity category.  For example, if you observe at Tom John High School and demographics show the school to meet the criteria for diversity in both race/ethnicity and exceptionalities, you will enter the school information into the MAT Diversity Tracking Form under “Race/Ethnicity Diversity” and “Socioeconomic / FARM Diversity.” The MAT Diversity Tracking Form will be submitted into Tk20 at the end of EDTP 639. 


      For schools in Maryland, the best source for demographic data is the Maryland School Report Card, which has all demographics for all schools.  For out-of-state schools, a good starting point is the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  This site has demographics for schools nationwide.  NCES does not, however, provide ELL or exceptionality data, so for those two pieces of data, candidates would need to explore other resources, like school / district / state Web sites.


      Lastly, the "Letter of Introduction" (also attached below; click on the blue arrow to the right of the document to download) is a template letter from the Education Department that you may email and/or bring to schools in which you'd like to observe.  It may be used throughout the program and verifies your affiliation with UMUC and the MAT and explains what you will need for your observations.  (It includes the maximum number of hours to observe in any class throughout the program.  Each particular course, and field experience, of course, will vary.)


      Should you have any questions about setting up field experiences, please contact Kristin Kubik, Director of MAT Student Support, kristin.kubik@umuc.edu.


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