Important Information for Methods Students

Application Due Dates

  • The teacher candidate should apply for their placement one year before the semester of the field experience.
  • For fall semester, applications are due November 15th. Example: Placement desired for Fall 2015 - applications are due November 15, 2014.
  • For spring semester, applications are due January 30th. Example: Placement desired for Spring 2016, applications are due January 30, 2015.
  • Some methods practicum experiences are offered only once a year.

Fall semester only

BATC Secondary Ed Methods
BIO3820, ENG3820, MTH3820,
SBS3820

Spring semester only

PED 3050 Methods

Either semester

MATC Elementary Ed Methods
EDU5755 or EDU5755Z

MLEE Elementary Ed Methods
EDU57652

 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Admitted into the School of Education.
  • Receive a passing score on the state Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency or allowable ACT plus writing or SAT. The link for the Illinois Certification Testing is www.icts.nesinc.com.
  • Meet all GPA and course prerequisite requirements of your program before the semester of your placement.  Speak with your advisor for more information.
  • From time to time, program requirements may be updated to comply with changing legislation.  Notice of changes is posted to our Moodle board (see below).  Please join our Moodle board and/or check the “News Forum” section each semester.

Important Items to Note

  • Teacher candidates may not approach school district personnel to seek a placement. Aurora University and school districts have agreements that specifically prohibit teacher candidates from arranging their own placements! Teacher candidates who try to seek their own placement may be denied a placement.
  • Submitting an application for a placement does not enroll you in the associated course. You still need to enroll using the procedure for your program.
  • Enrolling in a course requires submitting an submitting an application for a field experiences placement according to the due dates shown above.

Moodle

Through the Aurora University website, join the Moodle board titled Professional Educator Licensure Program: General Placement & Field Experiences Information Board.    No enrollment key is needed to join this board, simply use your AU email login information. Members have access to:

  • detailed information about placement requirements
  • notification when application receipts, status notices and placement notices are issued
  • course manuals and other resources
  • dates for the mandatory Orientation events for each semester
  • Master Calendar for placement experiences each semester

Application Forms

The application forms are located on the Aurora University website. Under the Academics tab, choose the School of Education webpage and then select "Field Experience Applications".

Completed applications are to be attached to an email sent from your AU email account to: coefield@aurora.edu.   Applications are only accepted as email attachments.  NO PAPER COPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED!

There are two clinical placement personnel in the Office of Field Experiences to answer any questions about the application. They are:

The Placement Process

You will receive an automatic confirmation when you submit your application by email. Save this confirmation and a copy of your sent email.

Approximately two months after the application due date, a general notice will be posted to all Moodle members that status notices have been issued to each applicant’s AU email account from coefield@aurora.edu.  All applicants will receive a status notice.  Please contact the Office of Field Experiences promptly if you do not receive your status notice at this time.

Review your status notice promptly.  It reflects the current status of your application and lists some of the outstanding requirements you must complete before your placement.  Contact us promptly if anything disagrees with your records.  Complete any missing requirements as soon as possible.

Placement notices are issued just prior to the start of the placement semester. They contain both Orientation and Placement information.

As your placement semester approaches, you can also check Moodle for the date of your mandatory Orientation Event. During this meeting, you will receive an overview of the experience; meet your university supervisor; and find out about the expectations of this experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What will my schedule by for completing my methods practicum?

Each candidate will work with the cooperating teacher assigned to them to determine a custom schedule that works with both the classroom schedule and his/her Aurora University course schedule.  The schedule will be designed to complete the required classroom hours over the course of the semester. 

2. I have not received my placement! Everyone else has...

Some teacher candidates may know about his/her placement earlier than others because cooperating teachers or districts may request interviews prior to placement confirmation. Announcements are placed on the Moodle board explaining when placement notices wil be sent.  Begin checking Moodle the week before the beginning of the semester, and if you do not receive your notice on the posted date, please contact the Office of Field Experiences either by email at coefield@aurora.edu or at 630-844-4642 or 630-844-3824.

3. How is my placement determined?

Aurora University has established agreements with school districts in the area. These schools are considered for placements first. Other considerations are the quality experiences offered by the school, the willingness of teachers, the availability of university supervisors, and the distance from the teacher candidate's residence.

4. Is there a required orientation?

During the first week of classes at Aurora University, there is a mandatory orientation to explain the parameters of the field experience.  You will meet your University Supervisor.  The date and time of this event will be available on our Moodle information board and will be included in your placement notice.

5. May I appeal my placement?

There is an appeal process. You can access the appeal process information here. There is a limited amount of time to appeal your placement.

6. Will transportation be provided?

You must have your own transportation to the school site or make arrangements to get to your school site. Every attempt is made for those living in the dormitories to have sites that are close to transportation.