Student Teacher Field Placements

Overview of Field Experience

There are two components of supervised fieldwork in Sonoma State University’s Multiple Subject Credential Program, occurring in the first and second phases. These field experiences take place in a school that has been selected as a University/Public School CORE Collaboration Site. During these field experiences, the credential candidates are supervised by both a University faculty member and a mentor teacher who has met specific criteria for selection and who meets with University faculty regularly each semester. Those who opt to complete the program in more than two semesters, the FLEX students, will complete these supervised classroom experiences during their last two semesters. 

The LSEE department has developed a variety of CORE sites in the SSU service area. CORE sites are established in Sonoma County (e.g.., Cotati/Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Penngrove, Sebastopol, Sonoma), and Marin County (Novato). During the two semesters that candidates are placed at a CORE site, they are expected to experience the full range of teaching that one is likely to meet as a salaried teacher:

  • candidates are expected to teach connected reading and language arts lessons
  • connected hands-on math and science lessons
  • and culturally relevant multicultural social studies lessons 

Candidates are expected to have experience working with: 

  • individual students, small groups, and whole class instruction 
  • prepare curriculum plans that reflect an understanding of first and second language learners’ needs
  • and demonstrate sound methodologies and strategies

Requirements for Placement 

For Observation/Participation placement, these requirements MUST be successfully completed and on file in the School of Education Credentials Office:

  • Negative TB test results
  • Certificate of Clearance
  • Completion of School of Education Legal Seminar
  • Basic Skills via CBEST or equivalent
  • Subject Matter Competence via CSET results or equivalent (except Blended Students)
  • Completion of all pre-requisite courses, 476S completed or concurrent with placement

Placement Preference/Request

You will complete Multiple Subject Credential Placement Form in order to submit your information to the placement coordinator.  You will not be placed at a school site if you do not submit this form. 

Part-Time Student Teaching

Newly admitted students will attend an orientation during which they will be hear about the CORE sites and will be provided with a link to request a placement. 

FLEX students will need to request a meeting with the department chair or the advsior for a alternative plan.

Full-Time Student Teaching 

All 482P students will be sent a form to request either a new placement or to remain at the their current site. 


Multiple Subject Program Placement Coordinator

Aja LaDuke

Aja LaDuke

Associate Professor