How are the field placements for this program different from all the other programs?

This program has been completely redesigned with support from a federal grant. The program offers both unique field experiences and course offerings. Traditional programs require that students spend 2 days a week in a classroom for field each semester and then a final semester of student teachers that is full time. However, this program has different types of field experiences each semester, ranging from working one-on-one with students identified as at-risk for reading failure. There are also opportunities for purposeful observations at different types of schools (e.g. public, private, charter, and Hawaiian immersion) and spending significant time co-teaching with a mentor teacher in classrooms. These opportunities provide a unique opportunity for the teacher candidates to gain experience and a deeper insight into education, especially here in Hawaii.