Field Experience

In order to develop highly skilled educational leaders The Department of Educational Leadership aligns student field experience expectations with the Montana Professional Educator Preparation Program Standards (PEPPS)

10.58.705(g) of the Montana Professional Educator Preparation Program Standards (PEPPS) notes that successful candidates: complete an internship/field experience that provides at least 216 hours of significant opportunities to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice and develop the skills identified in this rule through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings, planned and guided cooperatively by the institution and properly administratively endorsed school district personnel for graduate credit.

Fieldwork Documentation Excel Workbook

This excel workbook is intended for fieldwork documentation. Once complete, students should print this workbook and submit to their academic advisor. The completed workbook (fieldwork documentation) must be received by your academic adviser prior to recommendation for licensure.

Student Requirements

M.Ed. Program Leading to Principal Licensure

Each student will be required to perform and document a minimum of 216 hours of field experience. These field experiences must be aligned with the six Montana PEPP standards with a minimum of 20 hours being performed and documented relating to each standard. Under each standard there are recommended and required activities for the particular standard. This list appears on the department website. All students must participate in the required activities. Activities that do not appear on the list may be performed as well. There is a spreadsheet on the department website that should be used as a guide and as a form of documentation. This form should be submitted to with the portfolio at least 2 weeks prior to the culminating presentation.

Licensure Endorsement Program

Each student will be required to perform and document a minimum of 27 hours of field experience per course taken. These field experiences must be aligned with the six Montana PEPP standards with a minimum of 20 hours being performed relating to each standard. Under each standard there are recommended activities and required activities for the particular standard. This list appears on the department website. All students must perform the required activities. Activities that do not appear on the list may be performed as well. There is a spreadsheet on the department website that should be used as a guide and as a form of documentation. This form should be submitted to the department prior to recommendation for licensure.