As a teacher candidate, you begin to develop your teaching techniques during your junior year when you spend 200 hours assisting in local elementary and special education classrooms. This field experience allows you to incorporate what you’ve learned on campus into a real classroom setting. Teacher candidates assist in many classroom activities, including preparing and teaching lessons, observing teaching styles and student behavior and evaluating student progress. This is a collaborative process with the school’s teacher, another MSUM teacher candidate and MSUM faculty and staff. Schools that host our teacher candidates report that MSUM’s teacher candidates make a positive difference in their classrooms. Our teacher candidates serve as role models and benefit from the opportunity to form relationships with students. You will be motivated by this authentic learning experience.