Early Field Experience
Learn about the Early Field Experience (EFE) Preliminary Credential Admissions Requirement.
What is Early Field Experience (EFE)?
All candidates must successfully complete a volunteer or paid observation and participation in a “regular” classroom (not a Special Ed class or after school program) in a public school within the past 7 years. The purpose is to get you into a classroom to see what a “day in the life of a teacher” is really about.
This requirement must be COMPLETE and may NOT be in progress when you submit your credential program application (unless being completed as a course during the Spring semester).
NOTE: At this time we understand that the 45 hour CSU Early Field Experience (EFE) requirement is one that is difficult and may end up being impossible to complete by our applicants. The CSU and each of the campuses are monitoring the situation to see if the requirement needs to be modified or waived for this application cycle due to the pandemic. We will make any changes needed to make sure applicants can still be considered for our programs.
Options for Completing This Requirement
There are several ways to complete this experience:
You must complete 45 hours of observation in public California classrooms on your own in the grade level (s) and subject(s) in which you plan to teach. You would need to upload a completed “Early Field Experience” verification page to your Program application.
Note: If you have any teaching experience outside the classroom within the past 7 years (such as tutoring, coaching, international teaching experience, private teaching experience), these hours can count for up to 15 of the 45 required hours.
Please include a letter or note in your application to document the completion of these hours in addition to the EFE Verification Form for the other 30 hours that would be required.
Applicants can take coursework that has a fieldwork component in lieu of turning in an EFE Verification page. When completing this requirement as a class, only 30 hours of observation are required as most classes only require 30 hours of observation. You will also be attending class meetings to talk about your observations, so we unofficially use those hours to make up the difference.
SDSU Students: The following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement:
- Multiple Subjects: ED 200 or LS 300
- Single Subject: BIOL 452 (Biology), TE 362 (Social Science) or TE 362 (3 unit section only)*
- Music Education majors automatically meet the requirement
- Art 386A and B for Art candidates only
||EFE Course Equivalent|
|CSU Bakersfield||EDTE 300|
|CSU Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo||EDUC 300, LS 230/
|CSU Chico||EDTE 255|
|CSU Dominguez Hills||MAT 489|
|CSU Fresno||EHD 50|
|CSU Fullerton||EDEL 315, EDSC 310|
|CSU Humboldt||EED 210/
|CSU Long Beach||EDSS 300A|
|CSU San Francisco State||EED 603, ENG 417/
|CSU San Marcos||EDUC 350|
|CSU Sonoma State||EDUC 250, LIBS 312|
|Cuyamaca College||ED 200|
|Grossmont College||ED 200, Math 177 (Math candidates only)|
|Palomar College||ED 200|
|San Diego Community Colleges (City, Mesa & Miramar)||ED 200 and 203|
|UC San Diego (UCSD)||EDS 136/139; EDS 128A/139|
If you have completed one of the courses above, enter the information in the Program application and you have satisfied the EFE requirement.
*If you took TE 362 (1 unit) or (2 unit) and you completed 30 hours in the schools, just upload your log sheet to your Program application. You do not need to take additional TE 362 classes. If you didn't complete 30 hours in the schools, then complete the additional hours by using our EFE verification page and submit logs and verification pages to verify the 30 hour requirement.
If you have taken a course that you believe fulfills this requirement but is not included in the listing above, you may petition to have it approved. Complete the Request for Adjustment of Credential Requirements Form (PDF) and email this completed form along with the course syllabus to [email protected] for faculty review.
If you already hold a Bachelor's degree, you can use substitute teaching to meet this requirement (instead of the EFE Verification Form, you would upload copies of your pay stubs showing 45 hours completed).
Questions? Contact our advisors at [email protected] if you have specific questions about your past early field experience.