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Teacher Education Field-based (TEF) Courses


  1. Definition 

Teacher Education Field-based (TEF) Courses are those courses in which the primary activity is performance of professional teacher activities by the university student while interacting with public school students and teachers as well as with university faculty members in a school-related setting.  The professional activities do not necessarily include teaching, but must include more than observation within a classroom.  The interaction with students, teachers, and university faculty must be regular and frequent.  Courses eligible to be TEF include those in the professional development sequence and in some instances reading, early childhood, bilingual and special education.

    2.   Procedures for Gaining Recognition

Universities requesting review of courses for field-based funding should submit a copy of the course syllabus and a short summary of their request via the Coordinating Board's Online Submission Portal.  The syllabus must clearly state the professional activities required of the student, the frequency and nature of the involvement of the student with faculty, and the procedures and standards used to evaluate the performance of the student.


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