Education

Field Experiences

Field Experiences are an integral part of the Education program at the Lebanese American University (LAU). The Department of Education at LAU collaborates with schools throughout Lebanon to provide future teachers with practical experiences in actual classrooms. This helps to develop their professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the field.

Students working towards a B.A. in Education at LAU are required to start their experiences in schools in their junior year. Subsequently, students who successfully complete the observation experience will proceed to the methods and student teaching experiences in their senior year.

The Practica Experiences’ structure is designed to prepare future teachers in stages for the student teaching experience. Course instructors design assignments to reflect the level of experience designated for the courses:

Practica Experiences

Level I:
Fall semester/
Junior Year

Practicum I: Observation course

Emphasis is on teacher assisting and working with students one- on-one and in small groups. Future teachers are allowed to teach mini lessons or a few individually.

Level II:
Fall semester/ Senior year

PCKs: a.k.a. Methods/ Subject Matter courses

Emphasis is on developing.a unit and.teaching a few lessons to large or small groups in each of the respective content areas and developing baseline data for planning and teaching lessons

Level III:
Spring semester/ Senior year

Practicum II: a.k.a. Student teaching

Emphasis is on assuming all teaching responsibilities, duties, and expectations from their future profession within the guidelines of the hosting school.

Field Experience Office

The field experience office operates as the liaison between the university and the schools and organizes the process regarding all field experiences (Observation, Methods, and Practice Teaching). Therefore, under no circumstances, are the students allowed to take on the task of searching and finding their own placement or inquiring directly with any school principal or teachers regarding a placement.

The objective of this office is to establish positive and continuing communication with schools with respect to practicum experiences. The field experience office ensures that the students are making positive contributions wherever they are placed and that their experience in these particular schools becomes successful and effective.

Field Experience Process

Cooperating Teachers

The cooperating teachers are the main source of inspiration for the student teachers and have a tremendous influence on their professional demeanor. Their role is complex because the quality of student teachers’ experience relies on their professional skills and social traits. They also play an important role in supporting the education program..

Roles and Responsibilities

The cooperating teacher will:

University Course Instructors

The university course instructor, in collaboration with the cooperating teacher, acts as an evaluator of the professional and personal growth of the student teacher.

Roles and Responsibilities

Student Teachers

The main objective of the student teaching experience is the progressive assumption of a teacher’s responsibilities and experiencing of as much of a realistic classroom environment as possible.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student teacher will: