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Instructional Technology Generalist Field Experiences

The information provided here is designed to assist students as they prepare to complete the field experience requirement for the general Instructional Technology degree.  Below you will find a general description of the process and required documentation.  The links to the right will provide more detailed information on each specific topic. 

Do I need a 3 credit or 6 credit field experience?

A 3 credit 100 hour practicum/field experience is required as part of the M.S in Instructional Technology degree program. Any student that has a project of sufficient size that would warrant a 6 credit 200 hour experience may register for 6 credits rather than the minimum.

Where can I collect field experience hours?

Internship hours can be collected in any setting that provides you the opportunity to meet your internship goals/objectives.  Some settings may require you to complete a criminal background check and TB test.

What is a field supervisor and what do they need to do?

For each location you complete hours at you need to have a field supervisor who is willing to supervise the experience and write an evaluation report.  Field supervisors must be identified before you begin collecting hours at a location and each field supervisor must be documented using a Field Supervisor Agreement form which can be found in the Forms and Documents section. Please, refer to Field Supervisor Qualifications and Responsibilities for more details.

How do I create my goals?

Once a fieldwork placement has been secured, a student should work with a fieldwork supervisor to create a list of internship goals/objectives that will be accomplished during fieldwork placement. Both a student and a fieldwork supervisor need to mutually agree upon internship goals/objectives. Internship goals/objectives need to be described well, with as much detail as possible and should be aligned with AECT standards. Students should include a variety of goals/objectives to meet each technology standard. ETRA field experience coordinator must approve internship goals/objectives before a student can start collecting any internship hours. Click on the link on the right side of this page for more information.

How do I document my field experience?

During fieldwork experience each intern will keep a log documenting all fieldwork activities and hours by date. A spreadsheet or a table is a good way to do it. At the end of the semester in which a student is registered for the field experience course, students must submit a log to LiveText as part of their Field Experience Portfolio. 

When can I begin working on my field experience hours?

You can begin working on your hours as soon as you have a set of goals approved by the ETRA field experience coordinator and secured an appropriate location and field supervisor as documented by a completed Field Supervisor Agreement form.   Students often need more than one academic semester to complete their necessary number of hours and that is not a problem at all but we do not have you register for the course until the semester in which you will COMPLETE the total number of required hours.

How do I get the internship tuition waiver?

The Selective Service form is the document that is used to process the tuition waiver by NIU and so must be completed, signed and submitted to the ETRA internship coordinator as part of the request for field experience registration.  The Selective Service form can be found in the Forms and Documents section. 

  • Tuition waivers are available only to degree seeking students
  • Tuition waivers will be granted only if a field experience is listed on your program of study
  • Tuition waivers will be processed by the department once we have processed your registration.
  • Tuition waivers can take up to 8 weeks to process
  • If you want to verify that you were given a tuition waiver, please contact the ETRA office.
  • You must pay the fees portion of your tuition bill. The tuition waiver does not cover any fees. 

How is my internship experience evaluated?

Internship evaluation procedures include the following: field supervisor’s evaluation, university supervisor’s visitation report, and field experience portfolio. In addition, students pursuing Library Information Specialist Certificate will submit the content collaboration assignment. Field experience portfolio should be visible in your LiveText once you enroll in the internship course. If this is not the case, contact the ETRA Field Experience Coordinator Dr. Olha Ketsman at 815-753-9687 or oketsman@niu.edu. Field experience portfolio includes several sections. Follow the instructions included in each section to complete your field experience portfolio.

What is the field visit by the ETRA field experience coordinator?

At least once during your internship the ETRA field experience coordinator will visit with you at one of your field experience locations to evaluate first hand your performance. You must work with the ETRA field experience coordinator to schedule the field site visit.  The evaluation checklist that is used during that visit can be found in the Forms and Documents section.