Fieldwork Policies

Strike Situation Policy

Student Teachers

If the teachers in a school district are involved in a strike, then the field experience placements in that district shall be suspended. Candidates shall no longer go to their school sites during the period of the strike. Candidates should contact the credential coordinator. If the length of the strike will make it impossible for candidates to fulfill the requirements of that field placement, they will be reassigned. In this case, field experience refers to assignments made by CSUEB. This policy does not pertain to paid or volunteer services outside the scope of the student teaching assignment.

Interns/Candidates Teaching under Emergency Credentials

Candidates teaching under emergency credentials and interns are employees of a school district. During collective bargaining, they must decide for themselves whether or not they will take part in any action, including a strike, related to their employment.

Status of CSUEB Supervisors

We ask that both teachers and administrators consider the dilemma a strike poses for our program. We need positive relationships with all parties in a school district. CSUEB supervisors will not enter schools during a strike situation.

Procedures for Unsatisfactory Field Experience

Should the university supervisor and/or cooperating teacher determine that the candidate's performance may not warrant credit, early in the process, the university supervisor will:

  • Discuss the situation with the candidate and inform the candidate of the possibility that no credit may be awarded.
  • Discuss the situation with the credential coordinator and, if necessary, arrange for a formal observation of the candidate by the credential coordinator or her/his designee.
  • Write an Improvement Plan that specifies the areas in which the candidate is making unsatisfactory progress;
  • Conduct a three-party conference with the candidate, the cooperating teacher (traditional student teacher), and the university supervisor. If the candidate is under contract, the three-way conference may include the site administrator/designee. If appropriate, the credential coordinator and/or site administrator may also participate in this conference.

During the conference, the university supervisor and cooperating teacher/site administrator should:

  • Review Improvement Plan 
  • Describe, as specifically as possible, the changes that the candidate must make to earn credit;
  • Provide a timeline for improvement;
  • Clarify what the university supervisor and cooperating teacher/ site administrator will do to help the candidate succeed and describe other resources that the candidate may need to draw upon;
  • Answer any questions posed by the candidate.

After the conference the university supervisor will:

  • Share a copy of the Improvement Plan with the candidate and program coordinator.
  • If a candidate refuses the Improvement Plan they may be subject to declassification from the program.
  • A candidate may appeal an Improvement Plan by submitting a written appeal to the program coordinator and department chair within 5 working days of receiving such a plan. The appeal will only be accepted in the form of a PDF attached to an email.

The university supervisor and cooperating teacher or site partner should continue to observe the candidate regularly and document the candidate's performance. The site administrator may also be asked to provide additional observation/documentation.

The credential coordinator, after consultation with the university supervisor, should select from the following options:

  • Counsel the candidate to repeat the field experience;
  • Counsel the candidate to investigate other career choices and formally withdraw from the credential program;
  • Seek to declassify the candidate from the program/university.

A student may be declassified for cause at any time by the Chair of the department with the concurrence of the Dean of the College of Education and Allied Studies.