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EdF Field Experiences

Be informed and transformed

One of the many strengths of the Educational Foundation (EdF) major is the 120 hours of integrated field experiences. Each of four EdF field experiences is co-registered with a core course in order to provide a context for understanding and discussing the theoretical and socio-cultural concepts in that course. Depending on the core EdF course, students may choose field experiences in schools or in educational organizations or events in the Eugene or Springfield area, Lane County, Salem, Woodburn, or Portland.


Sasha Chang and Evan Andreason Bauer introduce EdF field experiences


During the EdF junior year, students have a variety of field experiences in schools while they discuss learning, teaching, and assessment theories and concepts. EdF seniors choose two Equal Opportunity courses that provide an in-depth look into research regarding educational inequities. With each Equal Opportunity course, specific field experience opportunities are provided. Each EdF field experience informs learning and transforms ways to support children.


Ixchel Verdugo describes the importance of her Woodburn field experience and her field advocacy work with the LGBTQ community



Sasha Chang inspires a different way of looking at interactions in the classroom


Evan Andreason Bauer conveys his deeper understanding of immigration and poverty issues through his field experiences


If you are interested in applying to the EdF major, you must have a minimum of 30 hours experience working with children after high school and acquire a recommendation from your supervisor. Many students get this experience by volunteering in schools or organizations close to the UO. Students typically apply to the EdF major during the winter term of their sophomore year so this experience should be started before fall term of sophomore year.

The Educational Foundations undergraduate major is not a teaching licensure program. It is a major that prepares you to understand the theoretical underpinnings of elementary education while integrating up to 120 hours of field experience. Students in the EdF major are very qualified candidates for a graduate teaching licensure program, such as UOTeach, or other graduate licensure program.