Field Placements

Map of counties within the School of Education Service Area

Field Placement

Credential candidates in all School of Education pathways participate in two semester long teaching practica that provide a developmental sequence of carefully planned substantive, supervised quality field experiences in K-12 classrooms including opportunities to observe and apply democratic practices. All teaching practica interviews are assigned by the field placement coordinator, who works with school districts and SOE faculty to identify qualified mentor teachers. Candidate’s experiences with mentor teachers and other school district personnel who have knowledge and experience in teaching all students, extend and enhance candidate learning!

Co-Teaching in the School of Education!

The School of Education at CSU Chico has been using co-teaching as a clinical model for preparing student teachers in specific programs within various credential pathways since 2010. This includes the Rural Teacher Residency (RTR) and the Math, Science, English Co-Teaching (MASCOT) Program, and the Residency in Secondary Education Program (RiSE). Given the overwhelming success of co-teaching both for the student teacher and the learners in co-taught classrooms, the School of Education at CSU, Chico joins fifteen other CSU campuses in beginning the process of scaling up co-teaching across all of its credential pathways.

Get more information on co-teaching.

Information for Credential Candidates

In advance of each field placement assignment, credential candidates are given an opportunity to submit preferences and special requests. Priority Placement is reserved for students who submit a completed application to the School of Education by March 1st for Fall admission and by October 1st for Spring admission. A completed application includes verification of the Certificate of Clearance and passage of all credential competencies.

Credential candidates will be assigned a field placement interview with a qualified mentor teacher. It is up to the credential candidate to earn their invitation to student teach in that classroom. Candidates may NOT seek out their own placements. 

Interviews are typically assigned within an approximately 35-mile radius of the CSU, Chico campus unless another region is requested. The Local Service Area (LSA) for field placements is defined by the following: Yuba City to the south, Redding to the north, Paradise to the east, and Willows to the west. Interns or credential candidates approved to work outside of our LSA will incur an additional fee for each semester of enrollment in a teaching practicum course that requires supervision. For more details, read our Policy on Local and Distance Service Areas

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Information for Mentor Teachers

Selection of mentor teachers is a collaborative process between school districts and the School of Education. For more information, please read our Mentor Teacher Qualifications and Responsibilities.

For more information on becoming a mentor teacher, updating your information, or updating your candidate request, please contact our Field Placement Coordinator (contact information provided below). 


Laura Loriano, Field Placement Coordinator  
(530) 898-6854
School of Education
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