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Field Experiences

Each student requesting a student teaching placement must have completed at least 100 hours in pre-student teaching experiences.  These experiences are required and provided within course structures that meet student teaching requirements.


L.I.F.E. (Literacy Influences Future Experiences)

Gaining pre-service teaching experiences in partnership schools is required in early, elementary, middle, and secondary education.  Course work instruction is integrated with practicum sessions at CSM, Girls, Inc. and the partner schools.  These experiences are required for all education students to meet course requirements.


Operation S.M.A.R.T. (Science Math and Relevant Technology)

Operation SMART is a partnership between Girls, Inc. Omaha and College of Saint Mary.  The mission of Girls, Inc. is to encourage girls and young women to be strong, smart and bold and to make career choices and develop leadership skills that have traditionally not been open to them.  With Operation SMART, kindergarten through sixth grade girls of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups receive instruction in natural and social sciences, math and technology.  The girls from Girls, Inc. come to the campus in an after-school program two afternoons a week for instructional activities.  These activities provide "hands-on" natural/social science and math experiences and gender equity.  The girls work extensively with computers, cameras, handhelds and other technology.  Students enrolled in teaching math and natural/social science courses provide this instruction and complete 64 practicum hours in Operation SMART.

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