Standard 10 – Field Experience
Each candidate in the program completes substantive, supervised field experiences in public schools selected by the program sponsor. Field experiences may be completed concurrently with a candidate’s student teaching assignment for the single subject credential in agriculture, and must extend the candidate’s understanding of major ideas and emphases developed in the program and provide the candidate an opportunity to apply these concepts in school situations. These field experiences further develop the candidate’s knowledge and experience in agricultural educational program management, entrepreneurial and workplace learning, professional development, and student leadership activities. At least one field experience placement must include experience in non-traditional learning environments.
Required Elements for Standard 10 – Field Experience:
10(a) The field experience prepares candidates to practice multiple strategies for managing and delivering instructional programs in agriculture, and to effectively communicate and cooperate with colleagues and other school staff to establish and maintain program support.
10(b) The field experience provides an opportunity for candidates to develop practical skill in providing entrepreneurial and workplace education, including assisting students in selecting and planning supervised agricultural experiences; conducting effective home visits; supervising students with work experience projects; and assisting students in preparing award applications.
10(c) The field experience allows candidates to participate in appropriate district professional development activities; to participate in section, regional and state meetings, conclaves and skills sessions; and to attend and participate in university sponsored seminars.
10(d) The field experience provides an opportunity for candidates to gain familiarity in student leadership activities, including serving as an advisor in at least one agriculture student meeting and at least one individual agriculture student activity, and chaperoning at least one agriculture student contest or leadership event.
10(e) At least one field experience placement must include experience in non-traditional learning environments as defined in Standard 8.
All candidates are required to complete an early field experience program. AGED 50, Orientation to Agricultural Education, is the lower division course where candidates attend a lecture class two hours per week and then complete three hours per week of observation time at a local agricultural education program. Candidates complete specific assignments related to their observation time and prepare a packet of their completed assignments that must be approved in order to meet the early field experience requirement. This course provides an orientation to the role of the agriculture teacher in public schools. It provides an overview of agricultural education in California including the principle components of agricultural education, developing academic and career plans, and observation in secondary classroom and laboratory settings. Candidates are required to interview one agriculture teacher and discuss the teacher’s instructional strategies and practices. Candidates are instructed in how the three circle model of agricultural education is designed to deliver a complete program. Strategies for conducting effective SAE programs and FFA events and activities are covered.
The second field experience is EHD 155A, Student Teaching in Secondary School. In this course candidates teach in a secondary agriculture program under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and university supervisor. This assignment requires candidates to spend three hours per day, Tuesday through Friday at the cooperating school site. On Mondays candidates report to a Special Education class they take at the same time as EHD 155A. Candidates receive four semester units of credit for successful completion of this field experience course. In this course candidates are required to become acquainted with the school principal/vice principal, vocational director, agriculture teachers, guidance counselors, FFA officers and other high school and district support staff.
The culminating field experience course is EHD155B, Student Teaching in Secondary School. This course consists of supervised teaching under a master cooperating teacher and university supervisor. The assignment is for the full day, five days per week, for the entire semester. Candidates receive ten semester units of credit for successful completion of this course. Candidates are required to start the semester teaching one class and depending on their performance they are gradually assigned additional classes until they are teaching a full class load. Candidates are to teach a full schedule for at least four to six weeks of the semester. During this semester candidates are expected to perform all the duties of a full time agricultural education teacher including supervising student agricultural experience programs and preparing and supervising students participating in Future Farmers of America events and activities. In this course candidates are required to make supervised agricultural experience visits including home visits and work experience project visits. A minimum of ten visits are required in addition to those where the candidate accompanies a master teacher on SAE visitations. Candidates are to visit students at various grade levels to gain experience in helping first year students select and plan SAE programs, and to work with older students in managing SAE programs and applying for FFA awards.
Candidates in EHD 155A are encouraged to attend section and district professional development activities. Candidates in EHD 155B are required to attend these meetings and the annual Student Teacher Conclave. They are also required to attend school and district in-service meetings and activities.
Candidates in EHD 155B are required to serve as FFA advisor at one chapter meeting and to supervise students at chapter events and activities. They are also required to participate in state and national FFA activities and to assist students with record books and award applications.
All candidates are required to teach at least one unit in agricultural mechanics in either EHD 155A or EHD 155B. Most candidates teach in an agricultural mechanics laboratory during both field experiences. Candidates also teach on the high school farm facilities and in greenhouses and other outdoor plant and animal facilities. Candidates’ experiences are verified from the weekly reports they submit to their master teacher and university supervisor each week.