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Field Experience (Practicum, Lab, & Internship)

Early Childhood Field Experience

As an NAEYC Accredited Early Childhood Higher Education Program, we prepare competent early childhood professionals by providing high-quality field experiences and multiple opportunities for students to observe and practice with young children. Learn more about the requirements and expectations of our Early Childhood On-Campus Field Experience and Early Childhood Off-Campus Field Experience.

Family Studies Practicum

As an NCFR Certified Family Life Educator Program, we require hands-on experience to best equip our graduates for their chosen career fields. 


Background Checks for Early Childhood Field Experience

  • You will need a background clearance from the Utah Department of Health for ECED 4720 Student Teaching in the Children's School, ECED 2860 Practicum in Early Childhood, and ECED 4860 Practicum in Early Childhood. The background clearance must be completed prior to the beginning of the semester in which you are enrolled. See ECED 2860/4860 & 4720 Background Check Policies.
  • You will need a background check for ECED 4721 Student Teaching K-3, ECED 4861 Practicum K-3, and Teacher Education practicum courses in the school district through the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). Check WSU Background Check information.
  • You do NOT need a background check for ECED 2610 and ECED 2620. 
  • If your field experience is off campus, you must additionally meet the program expectations for ethics, safety, and professionalism. If the program requires proof of background check, you may get it done through USBE. 

Background Checks for Family Studies Practicum

Students enrolled in FAM 2990B and FAM 4860 Practicum will be required to pass a background check for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) prior to course practicum. Find information on WSU Background Check. Scroll down to the first step under the section titled “To complete the Teacher Education background check process” and click on the “USBE Background Check” link. Follow the prompts to receive your fingerprinting at an approved location. You will receive an email from USBE on your clearance, and can then obtain your clearance card from Administrative Assistant in ED 230B.

Revised 8/9/22