Field Experiences

The TLAC Field Experiences Office is responsible for administering and organizing field placements for EC–6 Generalist, Middle Grades 4–8 Math/Science, Middle Grades 4–8 Language Arts/Social Studies, Middle Grades 4–8 English and Secondary 7–12 students.

Students complete a consecutive series of methods blocks as part of their degree plan, before completing their clinical teaching experience the final semester before graduation. All senior methods students and clinical teachers are required to have liability insurance.

The TLAC Field Experiences Office also organizes the TAMU Education Career Fair. We welcome you to LIKE us on Facebook, where recruiting entities connect with current and former student teachers, job opportunities are posted and semester news is shared.

By starting with some of the best students in Texas and adding an outstanding team of Texas A&M faculty plus the support of excellent mentors in the Brazos Valley, we know we can Always Expect More of Aggie Teachers.

Senior Methods Seminar

Senior Methods Seminars are recorded and may be viewed at TLAC's YouTube page.

Fall 2017 Clinical Teachers

Fall 2017 Clinical Teachers must attempt and pass primary content exam by July 1, 2017.
Students must attend both mandatory meetings to be cleared for clinical teaching.

Spring 2017 Clinical Teachers

Spring 2017 Clinical Teachers must attempt and pass primary content exam by October 15, 2016.
Students must attend both mandatory meetings to be cleared for clinical teaching.

GSC parking: Any valid university parking permit (except night and weekend only permits) may park at no charge in Lot 88. Visitors without a permit can request a temporary parking permit from Transportation Services, or they can use the Pay and Display Machine. The GSC is also accessible from the Campus Shuttle System.

Field Placement Policies

Effective Fall of 2012, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture implemented several changes to the field experiences for our students. These changes are in response to conversations with the Chancellors of the Texas A&M University System and our College, as well as state requirements and feedback from faculty and local school district personnel.

Current policies for field placements in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture are as follows:

  • Students in their Junior II semester will be placed in an elementary or middle grade classroom for one full day a week for 12 weeks in the field in Bryan/College Station public schools whenever possible. Previous policies required one half day a week for 10 weeks.
  • Students in their Senior Methods semester will be placed in an elementary or middle grade classroom for two full days a week for 12 weeks in Bryan/College Station public schools whenever possible. Previous policies required two full days a week for 10 weeks.
  • Clinical teachers who elect to stay locally will be placed in an elementary or middle grade classroom for 60 days following the public school calendar, in public schools within a 35-mile radius of campus.  Previous policies allowed placements within a 50-mile radius of the TAMU campus.
    • Local clinical teachers will be placed in outlying districts first. This guarantees clinical teachers will have a sustained experience working with diverse groups of students, which will in turn increase their marketability.
    • Clinical teachers will not be placed in a school where they completed early field experience.
    • Clinical teachers may not be placed on a campus with an immediate relative.
    • Clinical teachers follow the school district calendar, not the TAMU calendar.  Spring clinical teaching will officially begin the first day public school students return from the holiday break. University supervisors host required orientation and seminars the first week of clinical teaching, so all students within a district must start on the same day. 
    • For a list of clinical teaching partnering school districts, please visit here.

Exclusions to policy: The changes in field placement policies apply only to three programs, namely the elementary (EC–6) program and the two middle grade programs (4–8 Language Arts/Social Studies and 4–8 Math/Science). It does not apply to students in agriculture education, bilingual education, health and kinesiology, special education or any of our secondary programs, such as the AggieTeach students or the Post-Baccalaureate program.