Field Observation Requirement
Undergraduate Fieldwork Requirements
Library Education Students
Undergraduate education students are required to participate in a 30-hour field observation experience, designed to provide an opportunity for the student to view the wide variety of activities in a library situation. The field observation provides students with a chance to further clarify their career goals and interests in the library field. In addition, they are out in the field for a two-week experience in their junior year and a full semester as a senior.
Library Science Students
Undergraduates in the public/special library track are required to complete two 120-hour field experiences in libraries of their choice. Each experience is a three-credit course, evaluated by the field librarian and a university supervisor.
Graduate Fieldwork Requirements
All graduate students participate in fieldwork and observations as part of each course.
Initial K-12 Library Certification
Students seeking initial certification participate in a 12-credit semester-long clinical field experience (student teaching).
Certificate Extension K-12 Library
Students looking to extend their certificate are enrolled in a 3-credit course (LIB 590) that documents all field experiences and provides capstone hours to complete the PDE-required, minimum 100 hours (in lieu of student teaching).
A portfolio provides the authentic assessment for the accumulated observations.
Last Updated 11-09-2012 WJ