An invaluable benefit of our teacher education programs is extensive practical experience beginning in the first year. Our approach differs from similar programs at many colleges where students have no real classroom experience until the third year. MVNU students experience over 300 actual hours of field work before they begin student teaching as seniors.
Firsthand learning in the freshman and sophomore years is important not only because it strengthens your preparation, but also because it allows you to know for sure if a career in teaching suits your skills and interests. If the experience convinces you otherwise, there is still time to change your major.
During the freshman, sophomore, and junior years, one day every week is spent in the classroom of school systems throughout the college's resident county (Knox County) and in neighboring school districts. Because these experiences are integrated with courses, you'll be able to put theory into action while you're learning. And because these schools reflect cultural diversity, you'll learn how to teach in a variety of classroom situations.
In the senior year, you'll devote one semester to full-time student teaching in your area of specialization at a school in the area. Student teaching abroad is an enriching option for interested students.
During January term, you may take advantage of a unique practicum which involves teaching in Belize, China and San Diego.