Urban Field Experience

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Urban Field Experience

Diversity: valuing of individual differences including but not limited to, race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, learning differences, or socioeconomic status

Urban Field Experience provides pre-service teachers the opportunity for practical hands-on teaching and learning experiences in a diverse educational setting and is an integral part of the teacher preparation program. This experience will provide a balance between urban, suburban, and rural experiences for all pre-service teachers. MBU wants to ensure that all pre-service teachers are better prepared to strengthen student learning, confront issues of diversity, and are able to meet the urgent needs of schools and the challenges of 21st century classrooms.

The Urban Field Experience will take place in an educational setting for three days. This is a requirement for all students seeking certification that will occur after the first eight weeks of student teaching during the Fall and Spring semesters.

This includes an imperative to promote equity and social justice and to intentionally prepare pre-service teachers to develop the knowledge bases, interpersonal skills, and dispositions for serving diverse populations.

This opportunity will give our pre-service teachers an opportunity to understand the unique conditions and demands of socially, culturally, and economically diverse groups of students. In addition, our pre-service teachers will bring a wealth of knowledge that will lead them toward richer understandings of the needs of today’s students and ultimately more effective teaching practices.

MBU wants to ensure that all pre-service teachers are better prepared to strengthen student learning and are able to meet the urgent needs and challenges of students

Urban Field Experience will be taking place in the University City School District for Fall 2013. Missouri Baptist University is excited to have this opportunity to partner with University City High School, Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School, and Flynn Park Elementary School.



Mission of University City School District

The School District of University City is committed to academic excellence for all students. We will educate and graduate students who have mastered a comprehensive body of knowledge, developed critical thinking skills, value creativity, respect diversity and make responsible life choices.

Excellence in education has been a top priority for residents living in University City. Strong academic foundations have flourished since 1868 when the first area school opened its doors. Just four and a half years after the incorporation of the City of University City on September 4, 1906, the freeholders saw the need to organize a school system. On February 21, 1911, with a city population of only 2,417 and a student enrollment of 160, the School District of University City was officially established. When school began in September 1912, the school population was 769.

Today, you will find outstanding educational programs serving a student population of nearly 3,200. From crayons to college, University City’s educational success begins with its progressive early childhood program and is reflected in the approximately 220 high school graduates annually.

It has been said that schools are a reflection of the community they serve. The School District of University City is certainly a fine example as it reflects the rich history, longtime traditions and prosperous economy of an area that takes pride in its youth and the promise they hold for the future.

Demographics of University School District

Total Enrollment – 3,016

  • Asian – 1%
  • Black – 82%
  • Hispanic – 2%
  • Indian – .2%
  • White – 12%

Instructions for Urban Field Experience

  • All pre-service teachers must complete a pre-experience survey/questionnaire prior to Monday, October 14, 2013, and a post-experience survey/questionnaire after the Urban Field Experience on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.  This is required for all pre-service teachers to complete in order to receive full credit for student teaching.

Pre-service teachers are to print a copy of the parking permit, place it on their dashboard, and park in the Lot B for the three days at Missouri Baptist University. Urban Experience Temp Parking Pass

  • Pre-service teachers are to arrive on Monday October 14, 2013 @ 7:00am in the Recital Hall (Chapel) to receive their placements and bus assignments for the Urban Field Experience.

  • Pre-service teachers must arrive on time on Tuesday October 15, 2013 and Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 7:15am. Buses will leave at 7:30am.

  • All pre-service teachers must ride the bus to the designated school buildings.

  • Pre-service teachers are to bring a sack lunch for the 3 days of Urban Field Experience.

Itinerary for Urban Field Experience

Orientation: October 14, 7:00am

Location: Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School, Flynn Park Elementary School, and University City High School

Dates: October 14, 15, & 16

Departure: 7:30am

Arrival: 8:00am

Returning: Barbara C. Jordan and Flynn Park Elementary approximately 3:30pm, University City High School, approximately 3:00pm

Transportation: First Student Buses

Appropriate Dress: Professional Attire is required

Chaperones: Student Teacher Supervisors

*Upon arrival pre-service teachers will have a brief introduction and orientation.

*Before departing there will be a short debriefing and evaluation of your visit.

What to Bring

Sack Lunch, Notebook, and Pen, or Pencil

As a pre-service teacher, your responsibility is to arrive at Missouri Baptist University on time. If pre-service teachers arrive late to MBU campus, it is the sole responsibility of the pre-service teachers to re-schedule make-up date(s) with the school district. Arriving late is considered an unexcused absence.

If for any reason the pre-service teacher is absent for the Urban Field Experience of its entirety of the three days, the pre-service teacher must complete the Alternative Urban Field Experience.

The pre-service teacher must complete the post survey/questionnaire after the Urban Field Experience, which must be completed no later than one week from the last day attended for the experience.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Field Experience Office @ (314) 744-5339 or the Director of Field Experience, Dr. Erica L. Bumpers @ bumperse@mobap.edu. Have a great Urban Experience.

Urban Field Experience Documents 9-30-13

Alternative to Urban Field Experience

Pre-service teachers who do not complete the Urban Field Experience, or who are petitioning for credit for prior learning (CPL) for the full 16 weeks of student teaching, must complete the alternative experience. The alternative experience consists of completing 20 hours in a community-based organization during after school hours and that meets the at least three of the following criteria:

  • Located in an urban area rather than a rural, small town, or suburban area.
  • Facility has a relatively high rate of poverty.
  • Facility has a relatively high proportion of students of color.
  • Facility has a relatively high proportion of students who are limited English proficient.

Pre-service teachers must choose a community-based organization that includes three of the above criteria and must complete and submit the Alternative Urban Experience Request Form to the Director of Field Experiences and receive approval prior to starting any field experience hours. It is the sole responsibility of the pre-service teacher to contact the community-based organization to schedule the 20 hours. The 20 hours must be completed in the same facility and cannot be a paid experience. The Alternative Urban Experience can be completed during after-school hours, during the summer, or on Saturdays and must be completed two weeks prior to the end of the semester.  In addition, the supervisor’s Disposition Form, the Attendance Record, and the pre-service teacher’s pre- and post-survey reflections must be completed and returned to the Director of Field Experiences within one week from the last day attended for the experience.  The Alternative Urban Field Experience is designed to help candidates understand the influence of culture on education and acquire the ability to develop meaningful learning experiences for all students (NCATE, 2008).

The Alternative Urban Field Experience is designed to provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to understand diversity and equity in the teaching and learning process (NCATE, 2008).

Examples of Community-Based Organizations

Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club
291 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63107
(314) 335-8000

Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club
4245 North Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63115
(314) 389-3033

Girls, Inc.
3801 Nelson Drive
St. Louis, MO 63121
(314) 385-8088

After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP)

Neighborhood Houses
5621 Delmar Boulevard, Suite 104
St. Louis, MO
(314) 383-1733


St. Charles Boys & Girls Club
1400 Olive
St Charles, MO 63301
(636) 946-6255

Before & After School Programs

Tutoring Facilities

To download  placement materials for the Alternative to Urban Field Experience click here: Alternative Urban Field Experience Forms (Fall 2013) (4).