University of Redlands

Higher Education Students

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As a graduate students, you are expected to take initiative in your program and demonstrate commitment to your studies. Students need to prepare for class by reading and writing as per the syllabus and come to class with things to say about what they’ve read. Find ways to manage your time and studies in a way that’s best for you to succeed – regular investment of time during the week is usually key to success. 

Program Resources

Fieldwork Placement Requirements and Process

  1. 1. Submit Advance to Fieldwork Request form before the end of your first term in the program. This form signals your readiness to engage in fieldwork in the program providing you are in good academic standing. It provides information about your anticipated timeline for fieldwork and ideas or plans for placement. Students must take FERPA training and send the certificate of completion to oss@redlands.edu before being released for fieldwork. 
  2. 2. Based on your “Advance to Fieldwork” form discuss possible placements with your advisor, if necessary, to assist finding an appropriate placement and site-mentor.
  3. 3. Once you have identified a fieldwork placement(s), submit a copy of Fieldwork Agreement form to oss@redlands.edu. This from is to be completed in collaboration with your site-mentor. Part of this form includes a specific agreement between you and the placement supervisor about what you will do as part of your fieldwork, essentially including some learning outcomes and placement objectives which adhere to the program description of student work in placement.
  4. 4. Complete at least 40 hours of fieldwork for each unit of credit earned directed by your site-mentor(s). For the 3-credits you’ll need at least 120 hours in the field, some students choose to do substantially more to gain additional experience.
  5. 5. Take the initiative to complete and submit all paperwork regarding your fieldwork experience.

Students must complete a time log of their experience (students often use an excel file which is signed by the site-mentor and indicates what work you did when).

Students must complete a midway and final evaluation for each placement they have.

Students must discuss their evaluations when registered for the course. Please the syllabus for the semesters you are registered.

  1. 6. Read material relevant to the professional area to supplement the practical elements of the placement and make the most out of the learning experience.

Higher Education Fieldwork Practicum

The fieldwork practicum allows a focused examination of functional units/programs/offices/departments in higher education and/or student affairs. Students are expected to participate in activities that provide the opportunity to experience what the professional and their unit does as a part of his or her work. The EDUC 666 Fieldwork Practicum in Higher Education course could be used to explore in depth an area of interest which the student intends to pursue, or it could be used to explore an interest which is new to the student, but might be complementary to the interest of the student.

Upon completion of the fieldwork practicum course, each student will have: demonstrated an understanding of a specific area(s) of higher education, engaged in professional practice in that area(s), have an ability to explain what is required by a professional working in the designated area(s), understand the entry points for employment in the professional area(s), and started discerning a sense of their own professional identity.

Available Fieldwork Placements

The Office of Student Success assists students in identifying a placement by providing various fieldwork openings, see the list below. Students are expected to obtain a placement for the term in which they plan to enroll in EDUC 666 Higher Education Fieldwork. Please contact your advisor if you have questions. 

Fieldwork Openings 

CSUSB: Career Center

U of R: OCPD Peer Career Educator

U of R: Academic Success & Disability Services 

U of R: Registrar’s Office

U of R: Title IX Office 

U of R: Community Standards and Wellbeing 

U of R: Office of the President

Once you have found a placement(s), complete a Fieldwork Agreement form with your fieldwork site-mentor and submit an electronic copy to the Office of Student Success at oss@redlands.edu. This form serves as an agreement between you and your site-mentor about what you will do as part of your fieldwork, essentially including some learning outcomes and placement objectives which adhere to the program description of student work in placement.

Workplace Fieldwork

Students in the Higher Education program are required to complete 120 hours of fieldwork. Students are required to complete at least 40 hours of fieldwork for each unit of credit earned (EDUC 666 Higher Education Practicum).

Students will have the opportunity to complete 40-fieldwork-hours/1 unit at their place of employment. Workplace fieldwork hours must be intentional and provide students with sufficient learning opportunities that will facilitate the development of professional identity. Students interested in completing workplace hours will be required to submit a proposal for faculty review.

 

Workplace Fieldwork Requirements:

  • Successful completion of EDUC 607 Higher Ed. in the U.S.
  • Currently hold a full-time position at an accredited college or university that allows deep exploration and practical experiences in the student’s area of interest
  • Submit a Workplace Fieldwork Proposal before the deadline for faculty review. 
  • Have a site-mentor identified—mentors can be workplace supervisors or other higher education professionals within in the institution. A site-mentor should be an individual that has the capacity to evaluate your work. 
  • Approval from workplace supervisor

 

Workplace Fieldwork Deadlines:

Term Proposal Deadline Faculty Review Period Notifications sent on or before
Summer 2019 5/10/19 5/11/19 to 5/15/19 5/15/19
Fall 2019 7/26/19 7/29/19 to 8/9/19 Week of 8/12/19
Spring 2020 11/8/19 11/11/19 to 11/22/19 Week of 12/2/19
Summer 2020 3/27/20 3/30/20 to 4/3/20 Week of 4/6/20