Fieldwork

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MAT–TESOL fieldwork is designed to support your growing development as a teacher with opportunities to conduct observations, tutor and teach in a variety of learning environments. You will practice applying theories and instructional methods in various forms of fieldwork assignments.

As you film your teaching experiences and upload the videos for evaluation and discussion, you will gain supportive feedback on your practice as well as insights from faculty and classmates. You will be encouraged to take risks, try new teaching strategies and sharpen your teaching skills in a supportive environment.

If you are pursuing a credential, you will be required to complete additional fieldwork in semesters two and three as part of the credential track curriculum.

School Site Placement and Support

Fieldwork at a school site begins in the second semester of the program. You will benefit from USC Rossier’s strong partnerships with English Language Learner programs in the Los Angeles area, providing numerous opportunities for fieldwork placement with diverse populations.

Fieldwork Schedule

Semester one:

  • Tutor a language learner for one hour per week.
  • Design a language assessment tool to use with one language learner in your community.

Semester two:

  • Conduct observations and analysis of selected classrooms.
  • Video record yourself teaching one lesson at your school placement site.
  • Conduct a mini-ethnographic case study of a language learner.

In semester two, credential-seeking students will also:

  • Conduct observations, group work, co-teaching and student teaching.
  • Work with ELD credentialed teachers at their placement sites for four full days during the week (Monday through Friday) – from 30 minutes before bell to 30 minutes after bell.

Semester three:

  • Working in small groups, complete classroom observations, teach portions of classroom lessons and team teach lessons with a guiding teacher.
  • Video record yourself teaching three to five lessons at your school placement site.

In semester three, credential-seeking students will also:

  • Conduct observations, group work, co-teaching and student teaching.
  • Work with ELD credentialed teachers at their placement sites for four full days during the week (Monday through Friday) – from 30 minutes before bell to 30 minutes after bell.