Pre-Clinical Field Experiences

In the effort to provide pre-service teachers the opportunity to meet the Illinois State Board of Education’s requirements for clinical/field experience, the College of Education at Chicago State University require teacher candidates to complete 100 hours or more of pre-student teaching field experience (observation, tutoring, or internships) in diverse learning environments, teaching roles, and curriculum development.

It is the College’s policy to verify the background check and tuberculosis (TB) test results prior to assigning students field experiences in schools. Therefore, upon the initial visit, and of course, the approval of the field experience site, students are required to present proof of a “cleared” background check as well as proof of a “negative” TB skin test. Alternatively, they may present doctor’s statement showing “negative” TB test results from a chest x-ray. 

To ensure the best possible placement and experience for our pre-service teachers and to assist in their placement in an appropriate setting, the staff in the Field Placement Office request consideration to assigning the candidates to any of the areas shown in the table that follows:

Diverse Geographical and Classroom Settings Diverse Demographics
Geographic Setting—(circle all that apply) Urban;Rural; Suburban; International (Check to indicate high poverty geographical area)

  • General Education Classroom:

    P-K - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12
  • Self-Contained Classroom
  • Special Education Classroom
  • Laboratory Setting-(circle all that apply)(i.e. Art; Music; Science; Math; Health Studies; Driver’s Ed.; Physical Education; Industrial; Computer Technology; Journalism; Media Arts; Photography;
  • Library
  • Resource Room
  • Principal or other School Office
  • After School Programs; Saturday Academies;
  • Cafeteria
  • Supervised Hallway Monitor
Primary Racial/Ethnic Group (circle one) (African American, Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Other)

  • English Language Learners
  • Learners with Diverse Abilities – (circle all that apply)
  • Behavioral and cognitive challenges
  • Learners with special needs
  • Autistic learners
  • Learners with physical and health challenges
  • Learners with emotional behavioral disorders
  • Gifted Learners


CPS Requirement

Attention Pre-Clinical Field Experience Candidates

For students wishing to complete field experience within the CPS, please download the Field Experience Registration Guide for clearance procedures. Field Experience is NOT student teaching. Field Experience refers to students completing observations, pre-clinical hours, practicum experiences and pre-student teaching hours. Registration for CPS Field Experience is year-round. Once you have reviewed the registration guide, please proceed to the Field Experience Registration Page to begin your clearance process.

CPS Pre-Clinical Field Registration form (pdf)

Approved Sites for Field Experiences

COE Education Foundation and Support Unit Courses with Field Hours

All Students in Pre-clinical Experiences Must Make An Appointment With Ms. Bonita Herring


Bonita Herring

Pre-clinical Field Experience Coordinator, ED 322

(773) 995-2570