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Office of Teacher Services

Field Work

Field Experience FAQ

Changes in the requirements regarding early field experiences prior to student teaching are in effect.

Education majors who will be student teaching in the spring of 2014 are required to have 200 verified hours of appropriate field experiences prior to student teaching.

Please read more about this regulation, how it affects you, and how to ensure that you meet this new requirement.

Early Field Experience Requirements

What are Early Field Experience Hours?

  • Field experience hours are formally documented hours a student spends in the public school setting (not a college campus setting).
  • All 200 hours of experiences must be associated with a professional education course in the student's program.
  • Students are required to complete and acquire appropriate signatures on the Field Experience Form
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New 200 Hour Requirement

  • All students who plan to student teach in spring 2014 and beyond will have to meet the 200 hour fieldwork requirements
  • Established by the Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB) (see EPSB Regulation)
  • Students must keep copies of all student fieldwork forms and provide copies to the faculty member of the course in which the hours are completed. The instructor of the course must confirm the accuracy of the field hours completed in the course.

The EPSB Electronic Data Entry System

  • All universities in the state of Kentucky will be using the new EPSB system for entering field experience hours.
  • The Kentucky Field Experience Tracking System (KFETS) is available here .
  • All Students will be required to use the KFETS system from Fall 2014 forward.

Access Previously Entered Field Experience Hours

  • Students can view spring 2013 and prior field experience data from within the Portfolio System if the forms were collected and entered into the CEBS E-PASS Accountability System by STE.
  • Students can view this through the menu STUDENT STATUS --> VIEW FIELDWORK ENTRIES on the current CEBS E-PASS Portfolio System.

For additional questions regarding field experience hours, please contact Andrea Ford in the Office of Teacher Services, GRH 2051. Email: or phone 270-745-6249.

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 Last Modified 9/24/15