School of Education

Early Field Experience

Temporary Use of ATLAS

For the Fall 2023 semester, all students enrolled in the following courses will be utilizing ATLAS, our virtual observation experience program, instead of receiving in-person placements:

  • EDTE 255
  • EDTE 265
  • MUSC 323

If you are enrolled in a section of the above listed courses 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, nor are they required to submit a timelog or obtain a Disposition Form. 

Students enrolled in MATH 195, MATH 295 and AGED 210 will participate in in-person volunteering for Fall 2023 and will be cleared for volunteer service by their respective Course Instructors via our paper clearance process (not S4). Students will receive further instruction on this clearance process and the requisite forms from their Course Instructors, as well as a paper timelog and Disposition Form. 

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. 

Want more information on our policies? Check out our Early Field Experience Introduction Video(opens in new window), the video transcript (PDF), and our EFE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheet (PDF)

Early Field Experience Clearance Process

  • 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 for the current semester. 

    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. First-time Freshmen are not eligible to volunteer during their first year at Chico State. 

  • STEP 2: Complete a TB Assessment or Test

    TB assessments and tests must be dated within four years of your application and must clearly indicate a negative result. Unless specified by the volunteer school site or district, TB assessments will be accepted in place of a skin prick TB test. 

    The Student Health Center offers TB testing services. Please visit their website for more information. 

  • 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. 

    Letters of Recommendation that do not meet the above requirements will not be accepted and you will be asked to resubmit your application with a new letter attached. 

  • STEP 5: Log Into S4 & 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 and/or the School of Education. The Early Field Experience Application and Early Field Experience Student Availability & Acknowledgement Form can both be found on the home page of S4 under the "Early Field Experience Students" header. These forms must be completed in their entirety in order for you to be cleared for and/or receive a placement.

    If you are a distance learner (meaning that you require a volunteer placement outside of Chico), you are required to find your own placement at a K-12 school site within your local community. 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's contact information on their applications. 

    Once you have completed your Early Field Experience Student Application, please complete the Early Field Experience Student Availability & Acknowledgement Form. All students are required to complete this form, regardless of whether or not they need a volunteer placement opportunity assigned to them by the School of Education. 

    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 in new window) or by calling 530-898-6293. 

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

    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 in new window)

Forms & Guides


Please contact Megan Mann, Early Field Placement Coordinator, at

Fall 2022 Important Dates

Application Deadline
September 2, 2022

Disposition Form Deadline
December 16, 2022

Spring 2023 Teacher Request Form Collection
October 28-December 9, 2022

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