College of Education > Student Resources > Field Experiences
In order to complete field experience within the Chicago Public Schools, students must complete a two-step process. Field experience includes any students completing observations, pre-clinical hours, practicum experiences and any PRE-student teaching experiences in CPS schools. Field experience is NOT the same as student teaching clearance.
For instructions on how to register for field experience within CPS and obtain a background check, visit here.
Please contact Kate Liston at
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While completing field experiences and preparing for student teaching, students should be aware of the Mandated Reporter Training, which will be required before student teaching. This training can be done at any time. DCFS has raised a concern that student teachers may not believe they are mandated reporters. All school personnel, including administrators and both licensed and non-licensed school employees, are considered to be mandated reporters. Student teachers are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect when acting in their professional or official capacity. Student teachers are required to fill out the appropriate Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status form. There is a self-paced training and then the individual completes CANTS 22, a form.
Please go to the
Mandated Reporter Form.
At the end of the training students will take a quiz and then receive the CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION (which must be printed out at the time of completion). Please make at least two copies and retain them with important documents. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Liston at