Can I do my field work at a DoDEA school?
Yes you can to your field work at a DoDEA school but there are additional application documents and additional field work required by DoDEA. DoDEA requires a 9 week full time student teaching experience at the end of TeacherReady instead of the one week we normally require. They also require a special application which can be found on our website under “forms.” Attached to that application must be a clear background check. Even if a background check is in the DoDEA computer system, a copy must be physically attached. Further, if you are currently working at a DoDEA school as a para educator or even a substitute, you must attach a SF-52 leave without pay form for the last 9 weeks of your TeacherReady program experience. These DoDEA applications and attachments are due in October of each year for the spring semester and April for the following fall semester. You will need to arrange volunteering until your 9 week placement begins. Most DODEA schools will allow volunteering.
Note: If you want to teach for DODEA you will need to contact their office to determine additional requirements. In addition to a teaching certificate, credit hours are needed in content for middle school and high school content classes and methods courses for teaching elementary students. Also, DODEA will not accept student teaching from TeacherReady® because there are no credit hours tied directly to the student teaching. If you are teaching at another school before applying to DoDEA your experience should prevent this from being an issue for you. Please contact DODEA directly if you have any questions about applying to teach for them.