School of Education

Early Field Experience

Temporary Use of ATLAS

For the Spring 2022 semester, students enrolled in EDTE 255-03, EDTE 255-04, and/or EDTE 265-03 will be enrolled in ATLAS, our virtual observation experience program, instead of receiving in-person placements. For a complete list of classes which will be participating in ATLAS instead of in-person placements, please see the Early Field Experience Class List (PDF). If you are enrolled in one of these course sections and have questions about ATLAS, please reach out to your course instructor. Students participating in ATLAS observations are not required to submit an application or supplemental documents via S4. 

Students in all other Early Field Experience classes will proceed with our clearance process (please follow the below instructions and see our Early Field Experience Application Guide (PDF)). 

About Early Field Experience

The School of Education's Early Field Experience (EFE) program is responsible for placing pre-credential students in classrooms to fulfill the forty-five hour minimum service requirement for their applications to a California teaching credential program. Formerly the Service Learning program through CAVE, the School of Education only clears and/or places students enrolled in EDTE 255, EDTE 265, and EDTE 255-equivalent courses. 

Early Field Experience Clearance Process

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  • STEP 1: Students must be enrolled in an Early Field Experience Course

    These courses have an in-classroom service requirement built into the coursework. Please see the Early Field Experience Class List (PDF) for a full list of courses supported by Early Field Experience.

    Please note, only Sophomore through Post-Baccalaureate students enrolled in one or more of our serviced courses are eligible for placement through Early Field Experience. 

  • STEP 2: Complete a TB Assessment or Test

    TB assessments and tests must be dated within four years of your application. The Student Health Center(opens in new window) offers TB testing services. 

  • OPTIONAL STEP 3: Begin the Certificate of Clearance (COC)

    Please note: a completed Certificate of Clearance is not required to receive an Early Field Experience placement. A COC is required when students apply for a California teaching credential program. As this certificate is good for 5 years, obtaining a COC now will be extremely helpful for students as they continue down the path towards a credential. Do you have questions as to whether or not completing the COC now is a good choice for you? Please contact your course instructor for more information. 

    Please refer to the Certificate of Clearance Instructions & Live Scan Form (PDF) for a complete guide to the Certificate of Clearance. 

  • STEP 4: Begin Collecting Your Supplemental Documents

    The following supplemental documents are required as part of your Early Field Experience Application:

    • Letter of Recommendation(s)
    • TB Assessment or Test

    If you are completing the OPTIONAL Certificate of Clearance, please also provide proof of starting the process or of submission when you submit your application. 

    Letters of Recommendation must include the following:

    • Dated within four (4) years of your application
    • Written by a professional contact, i.e., an employer, faculty member (not the course instructor), or a coach. 
    • Written on official letterhead with appropriate contact information. 
    • A statement of how and for how long the recommender has known you and your suitability for a classroom setting. 
  • STEP 5: Log Into S4 and Fill Out the Early Field Experience Application Documents

    Students may log into S4(opens in new window) and begin completing their application documents once they have been notified by their instructor. The Early Field Experience Application and Early Field Experience Student Availability Form can both be found on the home page of S4 under the "Early Field Experience Students" header. These forms must be completed in order for you to be cleared for and/or receive a placement.

    If you are a distance learner, you are required to find your own placement. Please indicate that you are a distance learner or if you have found your own placement on the Early Field Experience Student Application. 

    Students who have found their own placements must include their placement information (days and time ranges) and their mentor teacher contact information on their applications. If you do not include this information on your application, you will be asked to resubmit your Early Field Experience Student Application. 

    Once you have completed your Early Field Experience Student Application, please complete the Early Field Experience Student Availability Form. 

    Have questions about the application? Please read the Early Field Experience Application Guide (PDF). Still have questions after reading the Application Guide? Please contact Megan Mann by emailing or by calling 530-898-6293. 

  • STEP 6: Submit Your Waiver of Liability & Emergency Contact Information

    Don't forget to submit your Waiver of Liability (COVID) (PDF) and Emergency Contact Information(opens in new window) forms to our office! Students must complete and submit these forms prior to starting at their school sites. Completed forms should be submitted via email at


Please contact Megan Mann, Early Field Placement Coordinator, at

Submission Deadlines for Clearance
Spring 2022 - February 4, 2022
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