2443 Coordinator of Educational Field Experiences


TITLE Coordinator of Educational Field Experiences




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Dean, College of Education

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Education


The Coordinator of Educational Field Experiences ensures and maintains compliance with the requirements and policies of Missouri State University and individual education programs, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), accrediting agencies, and statewide and interstate school districts. The Coordinator of Education Field Experience oversees and coordinates practicum and student teaching placements to assure that MSU students have had the opportunity to experience diverse teaching and learning environments and assigns University supervisors in cooperation with programs. The Coordinator of Educational Field Experiences collects, manages, and analyzes data, reviews and updates the Student Teaching Handbook, and coordinates supervisor orientation and individual meetings with each new student teacher.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree in Education or a related field is preferred. Certification as a teacher, counselor, or administrator in a B-12 setting is preferred.

Experience: At least four years of experience working with or in a B-12 school setting is required.

Skills: Demonstrated supervisory, organizational, problem-solving, and management skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to work with students, B-12 administrators, teachers, and University faculty, are required. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Computer literacy is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


1. Coordinates the process for student teaching application and placement by reviewing and updating the Student Teaching Handbook as necessary each semester in consultation with the Student Teaching Handbook Committee, reviewing the application materials, providing information for students preparing to student teach, establishing files for individual students which include background checks, transcripts, tuberculin tests, and necessary recommendations, verifying completion of the prerequisites and notifying students of deficiencies, reviewing student teacher applications to determine the type of student teaching experience required, forwarding materials to the school districts for placement, placing student teachers, and notifying students of their placement.

2. Assigns University supervisors for each student teacher in cooperation with the programs by determining the number of supervisors required each semester, preparing individual files on each student teacher, presenting information regarding student teaching supervision responsibilities during supervisors' orientation sessions, determining compensation for part-time supervisors and initiating the payment process, and verifying that all necessary paperwork and evaluations for each student teacher have been received and are complete.

3. Using building-level diversity data for each school district provided by the DESE, assures that student teachers have had the opportunity to observe and teach in diverse environments by the time they graduate.

4. Disseminates portfolio advisor assignments to students as determined by programs.

5. Helps to assure student teachers complete the Missouri Preservice Teaching Assessment (MPTA) by monitoring completion of requirements.

6. Works with the school districts to determine cooperating teacher assignments, ensures that cooperating school districts or teachers receive the appropriate honorarium for their student teaching assistance.

7. Coordinates the process for student practicums by preparing the required applications, forwarding materials to the school districts for placement, and notifying students and instructors of the placements.

8. Assists in the oversight of the Field Experiences budget, develops a projected budget for the next academic year, and ensures that out-of-area payments are collected and deposited, and that all supervisor and cooperating teacher payments, mileage reimbursements, presenter payments, and facility rental payments are made in a timely manner.

9. Mediates conflicts between MSU students placed in practicums and student teaching assignments and teachers/administrators in the school district when necessary, addresses situations with practicum students and/or student teachers who display inappropriate professional dispositions, and actively works to resolve issues involving practicum students and student teachers.

10. Organizes all aspects of student teaching meetings in Springfield and off-campus sites.

11. Coordinates the process which allows students to complete the necessary background checks, purchase professional liability insurance through professional education organizations, and to complete TB tests and report the results to Missouri State.

12. Collects, manages, and analyzes data to demonstrate compliance with policies and requirements of the University, individual education programs, DESE, and accreditation bodies.

13. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

14. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.

15. Contributes to the overall success of the College of Education by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Coordinator of Educational Field Experiences is supervised by the Associate Dean and supervises the Assistant Coordinators of Educational Field Experiences, full-time administrative support staff, part-time Supervisors of Clinical Experiences, student workers, and graduate assistants.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 3 - 1500 Points: Entry-level knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of an administrative, managerial, technical, or professional specialty. Knowledge permits employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in professional or technical areas including accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, law, engineering, science, or medicine, while gaining familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices, and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project, or to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out recurring tasks and routine assignments requiring moderate experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with a moderate level of additional related work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with some related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 4 - 470 Points: Supervision of (a) a moderate number of operative, administrative support, or paraprofessional employees who do not exercise a full range of supervisory responsibilities over other full-time employees, (b) a small number of professional employees who exercise limited supervision of others, or (c) large numbers of student workers or graduate assistants, or some equivalent combination of the above. The incumbent performs a full range of supervisory responsibilities including performance reviews of subordinates. The incumbent is responsible for training, planning, and directing the work of permanent employees, and generally controls hiring decisions. Supervisory responsibilities consume moderate amounts of work time and may include general work planning tasks.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 4 - 500 Points: Interactions with others are somewhat unstructured. The purpose may be to influence or motivate others, to obtain information, or to control situations and resolve problems. Interactions may be with individuals or groups of co-workers, students, or the general public, may be moderately unstructured, and may involve persons who hold differing goals and objectives. Individuals at this level often act as a liaison between groups with a focus on solving particular unstructured problems. Interactions at this level require considerable interpersonal skill and the ability to resolve conflict.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 4 - 1500 Points: Work involves the primary accountability for a smaller department, program, or process. Work activities involve managerial decisions that directly affect the efficiency, costs, reputation, and service quality of the department, program, or process. Work affects a limited range of professional projects or administrative activities of the University. Work activities have a direct and substantial impact on the department. While work activities do have some effect on the efficiency and reputation of the cost center, departments, programs, or processes at this level represent a relatively minor function within the cost center. Employees in jobs at this level may have responsibility for developing budgets, distributing budgeted funds, and exercising the primary control over a relatively small budget.