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 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 seven 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 supplementary program application.


There are several ways to complete this experience:

1. By Taking a Course: Applicants can take coursework that has a fieldwork component in lieu of turning in an EFE Verification page.

SDSU Students: The following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement:

  • Multiple subject: ED 200 or LS 300
  • Single subject: TE 362 (Social Science) or TE 362 (3 unit section only)
  • PE and 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 230/250; SCM 300 (Science candidates only)
 CSU Chico
 EDTE 255
 CSU Dominguez Hills
 MAT 489
 CSU Fresno
 EHD 50
 CSU Fullerton
 EDEL 315, EDSC 310
 CSU Humboldt
 EED 210/310, SED 210
 CSU Long Beach  EDSS 300A
 CSU San Francisco State
 EED 603, ENG 417/419 (English candidates only)
 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
 Southwestern College
 ED/ENGL 200
 UC San Diego (UCSD)
 EDS 136/139; EDS 128A/139


If you have completed one of the courses above, enter the information in the online Supplementary application and you have satisfied the EFE 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 and upload this completed form along with the course syllabus to your Supplementary application for faculty review.

2. Through an independent 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 online supplementary program application.  You can use substitute teaching to meet this requirement--instead of the Verification page you would upload copies of your pay stubs showing 45 hours completed.

Early Field Experience verification page


The College of Education Office of Student Services (EBA 259) has a scanner available (free of charge) and can help you with this process.

Note about independent experience:  If you have any teaching experience outside the classroom withing 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 Verification page for the other 30 hours that would be required.   Please contact our advisors, at,  if you have specific questions about your past experience.


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If you are applying from outside of California, contact us at to get information on how to complete this requirement.