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Field-Based Experience General Information

TEA Field Experience Regulations

TEA Regulations require 30 hours of field-based experience for initial licensure candidates prior to clinical teaching.

"§228.35.e.1: For initial certification in the classroom teacher certification class, each EPP shall provide field-based experiences, as defined in §228.2 of this title (relating to Definitions), for a minimum of 30 clock-hours. The field-based experiences must be completed prior to assignment in an internship or clinical teaching."

Field-Based Experience Documentation

Instructors: All licensure candidates must complete the Field Observation Documentation Log:

All faculty and adjunct professors who request field experience placement at the beginning of the semester (i.e., spring and fall) must submit their documentation logs to the Center for Professional of Development of Teachers Office by completing the following procedures:

  1. The CPDT Office will create a sub folder for each faculty and adjunct professor who submits a field experience request form(s) to the CPDT Office at the beginning of each semester; prior to their student s’ first scheduled visit.
  2. Each faculty and adjunct will receive an email communication from the CPDT Office as notification that a folder has been created for the semester by way of Share Point.
  3. Search for your respective course/section.
  4. All faculty and adjunct will have access to upload their own students’ logs into their designated MS TEAMS subfolder prior to the end of each semester. (Logs should not be emailed to the CPDT Office staff and/or email account). *Please notify the CPDT Office if you cannot locate a subfolder for your course.

Status of Field Experiences

The Center for the Professional Development of Teachers (CPDT) works with partner school districts to update field-based experience information. Please contact the CPDT Office with any questions

The availability and mode of field experiences are determined by the individual districts. Districts have requested a 30-minute maximum time for observations and/or teaching by UHCL students visiting their campuses. 

General Information for Field Experiences

  1. All field experience requests are due to the CPDT office by the 4th Friday of the start of the fall/spring semesters.
  2. Refer to the Field Experience Request Submission Instructions for the submission process.
  3. Refer to school district requirements for submission of applications and Criminal History Background Checks.
  4. Students must successfully complete all district requirements for application and background checks before their field experience request will be considered by the district.
  5. Allow at least two-three weeks for the district to process the field experience applications and background checks upon receipt.
  6. Instructors observing students on a district campus may be required to sign in and present a driver's license or state-issued ID.
  7. Students are not eligible to report to any campus until instructors have been notified.
  8. The CPDT office will communicate with school district personnel on behalf of COE regarding all aspects of the field experience process.
  9. Direct all field experience questions to the CPDT office via phone: 281-283-3612 or E-mail:

Please include with your request the names of students whose UHCL and state identification records differ, the name under which they applied and completed the background check information and that which is listed on their state-issued identification.


  • Center for Professional Development of Teachers

    Phone: 281-283-3612

    Bayou Building 1231
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 517
    Houston, TX 77058-1002