PCE Placement Guidelines & Requirements

Arranging PCE Placement

 

  1. Review the PCE Approval Requirements found in the Application Requirements for PCE.
  2. View your selections on the School and District Request Form on your Field Experience page. You may proceed with arranging your own PCE placement with a school if your selection is green on the map. Utilize the Placement Requirements by Program chart below to secure the appropriate placement for your program. If your chosen school or district is yellow or gray, please contact your placement coordinator at fieldplacement@wgu.edu.*
  3. For information about how to arrange your own PCE placement, review the PCE Packet.

*PCE placements can take up to six months to arrange. If a district or school cannot place you for PCE, your placement coordinator will refer you to a different location (i.e. private or charter schools). Failure to follow PCE placement policy could result in a disposition concern.

 

Placement Specifications

 

The following PCE placement specifications are in place to honor the intent of each program and license:

  • Placements must be in a subject and grade level that aligns with the teacher candidate’s WGU program and state licensure requirements.
  • Placements must be in a traditional, on ground setting (residential treatment facilities, prisons, home schools, Career and Technical Ed programs, or virtual placements do not meet this requirement). 
  • Placements must be in an approved accredited setting as listed on the Approved Accreditations List. If your school’s accreditation is not on the list, please contact fieldplacement@wgu.edu.
  • WGU will not waive or shorten placement requirements regardless of a teacher candidate’s previous experience. Additionally, you are required to complete all field experiences in its entirety.
  • Placements must be in a U.S. school with the exception of US Department of Defense (DOD) schools. If you are in a DOD school, contact fieldplacement@wgu.edu.

 

Placement Requirements by Program

 

Program

Placement Requirements

 

Elementary Education

 

 All program versions:

  • traditional elementary school building as defined by the school district
  • multi-subject classroom (minimum of two core subjects, i.e. math, communication language arts, math, reading, science, social studies) *
  • elementary curriculum
  • grades K-6

*Up to 30 hours may occur in a departmentalized/single subject classroom (flex hours).

Program versions 201709 and beyond:

  • meet the requirements for all program versions
  • minimum of 10 of the 75 total hours must occur in a second classroom setting (any core subject area) at the assigned school
  • host teacher will submit an evaluation

Mathematics -

Middle School

 

 

 All program versions:

  • traditional middle school/junior high school building/classroom as defined by the school district
  • middle school mathematics curriculum
  • grades 7-8

For program versions 201708 and beyond:

  • meet the requirements for all program versions
  • minimum of 10 of the 75 total hours must occur in a second classroom setting (grades 7-8, any subject area) at the assigned school
  • host teacher will submit an evaluation

Mathematics - Secondary

 

 

 All program versions:

  • traditional secondary/high school building/classroom as defined by school district
  • high school mathematics curriculum
  • grades 9-12

Program versions prior to 201708:  

  • split placement not required

For program versions 201708 and beyond:

  • meet the requirements for all program versions
  • experience required in both middle/junior high and secondary/high school settings
  • a minimum of 20 hours must occur in the middle/junior high school setting (grades 7-8), with a majority of hours occurring at the secondary/high school setting
  • host teacher will submit an evaluation

 

Science -

Middle Grades 

 

 

 All program versions:

  • traditional middle/junior high school building/classroom as defined by school district
  • middle science curriculum relevant to program area
  • grades 7-8

Program versions 201709 and beyond:

  • meet the requirements for all program versions
  • minimum of 10 of the 75 total hours must occur in a second classroom setting (any subject area) at the assigned school
  • host teacher will submit an evaluation

 

English, Science, and Social Science - Secondary

 All program versions:

  • traditional secondary/high school building/classroom as defined by school district
  • secondary curriculum relevant to program area
  • grades 9-12

Program versions 201709 and beyond:

  • meet the requirements for all program versions
  • minimum of 10 of the 75 total hours must occur in a second classroom setting (any subject area) at the assigned school
  • host teacher will submit an evaluation

Special Education

 All program versions:

  • traditional school building
  • core content (i.e. language arts, math, science, social studies) or multi-subject elementary classroom
  • class must contain at least one student with an IEP*
  • grades K-12

*Resource or self-contained special education classrooms may be used to add to the variety of experiences, but the majority of hours must occur in a core content or multi-subject elementary classroom that contains at least one student with an IEP. Core content classrooms do not include elective courses (i.e. music, art, physical education).

Program versions 201709 and beyond:

  • meet the requirements above for all program versions
  • minimum of 10 of the 75 total hours must occur in a second classroom setting (any subject area) at the assigned school
  • host teacher will submit an evaluation

 

Hours Required by Program Version

 

You will complete a total number of hours of in-school preclinical experiences. The number of hours will vary dependent on when you enrolled in the university as well as any state-specific requirements. Please consult with your program mentor to verify your program version. The State-Specific Requirements table below provides requirements that differ from WGU’s minimum program requirements.

 

WGU Program Requirements – PCE Hours

 

Program Version

Program

Required PCE Hours

All versions prior to 201708 

All initial licensure programs

60 hours

All versions 201708 and beyond

All initial licensure programs

75 hours

 

Stipulations and Conditions

 

Secondary Programs: WGU does not allow PCE placements below 8th grade due to the higher level of demonstrated content knowledge expected of a secondary program license. For required split placements in Math, the middle school placement may span the range of the middle school as defined by the district.

 

Flex Hours: The majority of your PCE hours must take place during instructional time in a classroom that aligns with your program and license. You may complete up to 30 hours in your same assigned PCE school, observing certified teachers during other classroom and school activities or in non-core content classrooms (i.e. electives) within the grade levels of the WGU program as described in the following examples:

  • Examples of Other Classroom and School Activities:
    • Observing teachers during transitions between classrooms, procedures to start and end the school day, instructional planning, lunch and/or recess duties, assemblies, structured after school tutoring, and other teacher related duties
    • School led professional development activities, faculty meetings, grade level meetings, and teacher-parent conferences
  • Examples of Non-Core Content Classrooms:
    • Observing elective courses (art, computers, PE, music, library instruction, business applications, family and consumer science, etc.) within the grade level requirements and same school setting, educational field trips

 

Employment at Placement School and State-Specific Requirements

 

State-Specific Requirements – PCE Placement and Hours

 

State(s)

Requirement(s)

All Other States

(not Kentucky or Texas)

If you are a long-term substitute (four consecutive weeks or more in a single classroom), a paraprofessional, an instructional support staff member, or a contracted teacher of record (TOR), you may complete up to 30 of your flex PCE hours in your own classroom during your work hours if your school and district allow it. All other hours must be in settings in which you do not normally work and meet all other placement guidelines. All hours completed in your own classroom or work hours will count as flex hours. You must complete other required in other classrooms during core academic instruction.

Kentucky

  • For all programs other than special education, you must directly license in Kentucky and meet all state requirements. You will complete 200 hours of PCE activities and must register and log all course work in the KFETS system.  
  • District employees may not complete PCE activities during work hours. Students may need to take a leave of absence or schedule time to complete PCE activities outside of work hours.

Missouri

  • All students licensing direct through Missouri (not reciprocity) regardless of program version are required to complete 75 hours of PCE.
  • MO Alternative Clinical Practice (ACP) students license direct through Missouri and are required to complete 75 hours of PCE.

Texas

  • Students in PB and MAT programs must have experience during the first 15 days of the school year. You can complete this experience during PCE or DT.

  • District employees may not complete PCE activities during work hours. Students may need to take a leave of absence or schedule time to complete PCE activities outside of work hours.

 

WGU is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. WGU will only approve potential preclinical or demonstration teaching sites that are expected to fully comply with all relevant ordinances and laws related to safety and health and will not knowingly place a teacher candidate at a site that is out of compliance with such ordinances or laws.

 

If there are questions related to your approved site, please contact fieldplacement@wgu.edu.