The Filed Experience and Student Teaching (FEST) unit was established in 6 August 2013 to become an important part of the Assistant Dean for Training and Community Service’s office. Its establishment was a response to the increasing training needs of the various degree programs offered by the College of Education; especially that CoE recognizes quality education and field training as a priority and a necessity for fulfilling its mission. FEST was born on grounds of the concept of partnership between CoE and the on-site training providers and potential employers of its graduates, public and private schools under the supervision of the Ministry of Education being the most important of which at the current stage. Thus, FEST is viewed as the liaison party between CoE and MoE to organize and facilitate candidates’ field experience and training, and to establish an open channel of communication between both institutions in order to collaboratively design, implement, and assess the training process.

FEST was established with the following vision, mission and objectives.



Vision

The Field Experiences and Student Teaching unit (FEST) aspires to establish and sustain an effective partnership between the college of Education, the Ministry of Education and other training partners.


 

Mission


FEST is committed to effectively organize the planning, implementation and evaluation of field experiences and student teaching to help the college’s degree programs advance in steady strides towards achieving their program goals.


Objectives


  • Enhancing communication between the unit and the Ministry of Education in order to improve candidates’ involvement in field experiences.
  • Strengthening the relationship between the college and its training parties in order to design, implement, and assess field experiences.
  • Organizing field experiences and student teaching.
  • Organizing and implementing workshops for beneficiaries in the college of Education and the Ministry of Education related to different aspects of student teaching.
  • Promoting an effective communication between the college of Education and different sites of field experiences and student teaching.
  • Providing transportation to deliver candidates to partner schools.
  • Facilitating the process of data entry of FEST assessment tools for supervisors, cooperating teacher and candidates.

 

 

 

Partnership and Partners

The College of Education recognizes the crucial role that the Ministry of Education, its schools and the private schools under its supervision, play in preparing its candidates for their future profession. It views them as partners who share interest in and responsibility for the quality of the college’s programs and graduates. The partners’ interest is motivated by the fact that they are the stakeholders who are directly impacted by the outcomes of CoE’s programs, being the potential employers,  and the main target of the programs and a source for their standards and set outcomes. Partners also share the responsibility for providing quality learning experiences through their role in field-based training and in facilitating and taking part in collecting follow-up information from their employed CoE graduates  so as to help guide the assessment and development of the college’s degree programs and in elevating the quality of its graduates and fulfilling its mission.

This partnership is consolidated through establishing channels for facilitating communication between the two parties such as the Field Experiences Advisory Board (FEAB), and through the continuous professional collaboration between CoE and the schools through FEST.



Field Experiences Advisory Board (FEAB)


It was founded in the academic year 2013/2014 to represent the partnership and effective cooperation between College of Education (CoE) and the Ministry of Education (MoE). Its foremost aim is to strengthen various aspects of CoE-MoE partnership. FEAB members represent the various stakeholders consisting of four members representing CoE faculty and eight members representing MoE. MoE members are a male teacher, a female teacher, a male supervisor, a female supervisor, a male school principal, a female school principal, an administrative supervisor and a representative from the MoE private schools’ directorate.

FEAB is mainly entrusted with providing suggestions and feedback to CoE regarding the different procedures used in designing, implementing and evaluating field experiences, student teaching and any field-based work fat both the initial and advanced program levels. 

 

FEAB Responsibilities


 

   1. Suggesting training sites and placing candidates who apply for student teaching in suitable schools.

   2. Providing advice and suggestions for CoE contributions to school teachers’ professional development.

   3. Suggesting improvements to the student teaching program.

 


Schools


 

College of Education degree programs involve various field-based tasks which FEST and FEAB manages and prepares for, communicating with public and private schools in the Governorate of Muscat, Southern AlBatinah, and Ad’Dakhiliya mostly. Schools in other governorates also receive and collaborate with CoE candidates in completing certain field-based components of their programs.

List of frequent partner schools

 1.Public Schools (list will be added soon)

 2. Private Schools (list will be added soon)

Field Experience and Student Teaching Unit’s

2017-2018 Calendar

 

Date

events

Fall 2017

13/05/2017

End of the application period for student teaching Fl2017

23/07/2017

Online registration for Fall 2017 (DAR)

31/08/2017

Fall 2017 student teaching placement announcement (via email)

*03/09/2017

*Eid Al-Adha

10/09/2017

Fall semester starts  (Add and Drop period for one week)

First day of student teaching (first day of practice is partner schools)

12/09/2017

FEST meeting with candidates (Student Teaching Orientation)

Student Teaching supervisors’ meetings with candidates

LiveText workshop for student teaching candidates

17/09/2017

Distribute the Field experience forms to the supervisors- Fall 2017

19/09/2017

FEST orientation meeting with cooperating teachers and school administrations’ representatives

22/09/2017

*Islamic New Year

28/09/2017

First student teaching seminar

01/10/2017

Start of unofficial application for student teaching SP18 through FEST online form

03/10/2017

*LiveText workshop for cooperating teachers

05/10/2017

Receive field experience forms from supervisor

16/10/2017

*first professional development workshop for cooperating teachers

22/10/2017

Field experience  placement announcement (via email)- Fall 2017

26/10/2017

Second student teaching seminar

05/11/2017

stating the  field experience implementation- Fall 2017

11/11/2017

End of  unofficial application for student teaching SP18 through FEST online form

16/11/2017

Last day for withdrawal with a grade of (W)

18/11/2017

National Day Of the Sultanate

23/11/2017

Third Student Teaching Seminar

30/11/2017

Ending the  field experience implementation- Fall 2017

01/12/2017

*Memory of the Prophet’s Birthday

07/12/2017

*Second professional development workshop for cooperating teachers

10/12/2017

Spring 2018 student teaching placement announcement (via email)

Online registration for Spring 2018 (DAR)

18/12/2017

Last day for completion of candidate assessment forms on LiveText (by candidates)

(This date differs from the portfolio submission date, which is determined by each supervisor or by the concerned department)

21/12/2017

Last Day of student teaching

Fourth (final) student teaching seminar

01/01/2018

Last day for assessment forms completion by college supervisors and cooperating teachers

Spring 2018

28/01/2018

Spring semester starts (add and drop period for one week)

Student Teaching Starts: Preparatory Program for Student Teaching ( for 2 weeks)

28/01/2018

Orientation meeting with student teaching candidates

*School-based practice starts for candidates placed in International and private schools as per each schools’ calendar.

28/01/2018

LiveText workshop for candidates

4/2/2018

Distribute the Field experience forms to the supervisors- Spring 2018

28/01/2018

End of the : Preparatory Program for Student Teaching

11/02/2018

School-based practice for student teaching candidates starts

First day of the second semester in MoE’s schools

15/02/2018

FEST orientation meeting with cooperating teachers and school administrations’ representatives

18/02/2018

Start of unofficial application for student teaching FL18 through FEST online form

22/2/2018

Receive field experience forms from supervisor- Spring 2018

01/03/2018

First student teaching seminar

06\03\2018

* LiveText workshop for cooperating teachers

11/3/2018

Field experience  placement announcement (via email)- Spring 2018

12/03/2018

*first professional development workshop for cooperating teachers (three different timings)

25/03/2018

Beginning of  field experience - Spring 2018

29/03/2018

Second student teaching seminar

31/03/2018

End of unofficial application for student teaching FL18 through FEST online form

05/04/2018

Last day for withdrawal with a grade of (W)

13/04/2018

*Prophet’s Ascension (Memory of Isra & Mi’raj)

19/4/2018

End of  the  field experience- Spring 2018

26/04/2018

Third student teaching seminar

12/04/2018

*Second  professional development workshop for cooperating teachers (three different timings)

09\05\2018

Last Day of student teaching

Fourth (final) student teaching seminar

10\05\2018

*Sixth Student Teaching Day (2017-2018)

10/05/2018

Last day for completion of candidate assessment forms on LiveText (by candidates)

(This date differs from the portfolio submission date, which is determined by each supervisor or by the concerned department)

21/05/2018

Last day for assessment forms completion by college supervisors and cooperating teachers

07/06/2018

Fall 2018 student teaching placement announcement (via email)

15/06/2018

*Eid Al-Fitr

29/07/2018

Online registration for Fall 2018 (DAR)

22/08/2018

*Eid Al-Adha

26/08/2018

*beginning of student teaching for Fall 2018 student teaching candidates

09/09/2018

First day of Fall 2018 semester as per the university calendar

 

Note: This calendar integrates important dates from both SQU and MoE’s calendars with FEST events.

 


FEST Assessment Tools

Field Experience, being the major practical training course in the teaching preparation programs, hosts and is moderated by specific assessment tools. These assessment tools include a number of college-mandated tools as well as program-specific tools. Each candidate, mentor, and college supervisor has access to the tools they should use on LiveText.


LiveText Link


https://www.livetext.com/


NOTE that you should be a registered Student Teaching candidate, mentor, or college supervisor to have access to the tools. Use the log-in information provided to you by FEST personnel.



 

 

REQUIREMENTS OF STUDENT TEACHING



The requirements for registering the Student Teaching Course at the college are:

 


1.The applicants must have completed ALL the other courses in their study plan prior to the student teaching course except the graduation project, which could be taken as a co-requisite. 


2.The applicant must NOT be on probation.


3.The applicant must meet any requirements set by the SPA of their major’s program before embarking on student teaching.

 


PROCEDURES OF STUDENT TEACHING 



1.Candidates apply for student teaching registration online in a semester prior to the student teaching semester.

 

 The online form is available via this link:Click here

  
2.The unit sorts these forms according to different majors and the data applicants entered in the registration form.


3.The unit requires the Admission and Registration Deanship a copy of student transcript showing all courses that they completed in previous academic semesters prior to getting the approval from their college supervisors for student teaching.  


4.FEAB places candidates according to the applicants’ data and requirements of student teaching registration.


5.FEST informs candidates and college supervisors of the schools they are assigned to. 


6.FEST officially sends letters of placements to the principals of partner schools attaching a list of candidates’ names.

 

 

PD Workshops


 

Guides for Student Teaching


   1.Course Description for Student Teaching  

   2.Student Teaching Handbook 

   3.General portfolio Guide 

   4.General Unit plan Guide 

 

Guides for Field Experiences


   1. Field Experience Guide (1) 

   2. Field Experience Guide (2) 

 

Other Resources


  1. MOE Documents (visit the ministry page for updated documents

        www.moe.gov.om)

 

Note candidate should visit the supervisor to get more details in Course Description for Student Teaching, General portfolio Guide and General Unit plan Guide. As there are some special criteria that reflect the nature of each specialty.

 

 



Dr. Ali Hussain AlBelushi      (Director of Field experiences and student teaching).

Dr. Fatma Mohammed AlKaaf  (Assistant Director of Field experiences and student teaching).

Khalid Khamis AlHinai   (Coordinator of field experiences and student teaching).