Gaining direct experience with students in a classroom environment prior to applying to the URI School of Education is a good way to explore the field of education before committing to a discipline. Classroom experience provides potential teacher candidates a supervised learning experience in a real school setting.
EDC 250: Supervised Pre-professional Field Experience
- 1 credit, S/U Only
- Supervised early field experience and seminar for students wishing to explore one or more possible career choices in education
- Students will be matched to an urban public school classroom at the grade level or discipline identified as a primary interest
- 21 practicum hours; Seminar meets one hour per week when students are not in the field
- Required course for admittance to the School of Edcuation
Additional Classroom Experiences
The following opportunities are examples of other ways in which you can begin to gain experiences working with students . These programs are separate entities from the URI School of Education and will have specific requirements for participation. Please contact the organizations directly for more information.
Jumpstart is a national non-profit organization working towards the day when every child in America starts school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits, trains, and supports college students to serve as part-time AmeriCorps members, working directly with and supporting young children in early childhood literacy education programs in a variety of Rhode Island communities.
The Mentor/Tutor Internship (MTI) Program at the University of Rhode Island is a non-profit organization that sends college students into K – 12 schools, after-school, and adult-learning programs throughout the state. The goal is to reach out to students who are in danger of falling behind academically and need that extra support to help them succeed and reach their goals.
South Kingstown CARES is a non-profit volunteer organization, developed as a needs-based support for public school students in South Kingstown, the local school district for URI. There are four main programs that CARES facilitates: Classroom Volunteers, Homework Clubs, Mentors, and the College and Career Center.
VIPS Inspiring Minds
VIPS services are offered to Providence public school students, grades K through 12. Volunteers can respond to a variety of needs, from helping young child learn to read or a high school student with calculus. Inspiring Minds will train volunteers and match volunteers to a placement. Possible opportunities: tutor or mentor a student during or after school, demonstrate your skills or interests by leading an after-school club or activity, volunteer in the office with graphic design, web layout, filing or other special assignments that arise from time to time.