School of Education

Service Areas & Field Placements

SOE Service Area Map - Includes Nor Cal Counties of Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Plumas, Glenn, Butte, Sierra, Sutter, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada

About 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 at CSU, Chico.

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 February 15th for Fall admission and by September 15th for Spring admission.

Credential Program Application and Information

A completed application includes verification of the Certificate of Clearance (PDF) and passage of all  Credential Exams.

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 (PDF)

Travel Budget Adjustment – Exceptional Circumstances Appeal (PDF) - more information from Financial Aid on Travel Budget Adjustments.

Information for Mentor Teachers

Mentor Teacher Qualifications and Responsibilities (PDF) - selection of mentor teachers is a collaborative process between school districts and the School of Education.

For more information on becoming a mentor teacher, updating your information, or updating your candidate request, please contact our field placement coordinator.

Field Placement Coordinator

Laura Loriano
Field Placement Coordinator   
School of Education
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