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.

SAFIS - Fingerprinting Program 

In September 2013, Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 77 of the Acts of 2013, “An Act Relative to Background Checks.” This new law expands the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks currently used in our schools. Specifically, it requires a fingerprint-based state and national criminal record check for all school employees. The State Applicant Fingerprint Identification System (SAFIS) MorphoTrust USA IndentoGo TM has been created for this purpose. Currently, MorphoTrust USA IndentoGo™ enrollment centers are available in the following communities:


Dodge Crossing, 4 Enon Street


50 Portside Drive, Suite 2


1285 Belmont Street, Suite 10


11 Bay Street


1657 Worcester Road


184 Shelburne Road


20 Main Street, Suite 2C

Martha’s Vineyard                   

100 Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road


285 Main Street, Suite 120


160 North Street, Suite 101


41 Obery Street


100 Congress Street


1444 Main Street


17 Main Road


35 Major Taylor Blvd.                          

Additional details regarding the locations, including hours of operation, are available on the registration website. The Commonwealth continues to work with their fingerprinting vendor, MorphoTrust, to set up an additional 25 enrollment centers across the state over the next few months.

At this time, all new hires for the 2013-2014 school year are instructed to go to the registration website to register for a fingerprinting appointment at one of the available enrollment centers. Employees, hired before July 1, 2013, will be subject to the fingerprinting checks on a phased-in schedule.

To register online, select Online Scheduling or by phone at 866.349.8130.

You will be required to provide the School District and ESE Organization Code. (Substitutes and student teachers may provide up to 10 districts organization codes to eliminate the need to pay the fee multiple times.)

Unlike state CORI checks that have no associated fee, individuals will pay a fee to comply with this requirement of $35 for non-licensed employees and $55 for DESE Licensed Professionals (including those with pending applications/licenses).  

Substitutes are school employees under the new law and, therefore, must submit their fingerprints for the state and national checks. If substitute teachers hold educator licenses issued under G.L. c.71, § 38G, they will pay the $55 fee; otherwise, they will pay the $35 fee.

Do not list the individual school location. You must register under the Public School District [PDF]. When completing the online registration, please enter the following information for the District as your employer:

For more information please visit: SAFIS Registration Guide [PDF]