An integral facet of teacher preparation is on-site fieldwork, where you'll learn firsthand from education professionals and get to observe and participate in the dynamics of the classroom. On the North Shore, we are able to grant you access to schools in a variety of communities - urban, suburban, ex-urban. We urge you to try a variety of field settings throughout your program.

Fieldwork is a component of most basic Education courses, and culminates in a semester-long practicum at the end of the licensure program. Placement can be made at one of the four Salem State Laboratory Schools, the Salem State Preschool on South Campus, the Horace Mann School and Saltonstall School near campus, or the Ford School in Lynn, (each with its own theme) associated with Salem State or at another of our many cooperating schools.

In most of your pre-practicum field experiences, you will be carrying out assignments - observations, tutorials, small group instruction, lessons and units - linked to curriculum and methods courses in your licensure program. Besides these assignments, though, you will have the opportunity to explore different teaching-learning environments and watch yourself grow professionally as you learn the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of effective educators.