Classroom life and instructional practices are comprised of complex activities and procedures. Most candidates gain some initial experience of the teacher’s perspective of classroom life by participating in course presentations, by tutoring other students, or by working informally as an instructional assistant or classroom substitute.

Direct experience with the K-12 classrooms, to learn the instructional methods of effective instructional techniques, is the single most powerful component of teacher preparation. Consequently, Point Loma Nazarene University’s School of Education considers the fieldwork experiences as being invaluable to the education and preparation of future teachers. The aim of the fieldwork components of the program is to cultivate the capacity to analyze, reflect, and engage in linking educational theory with instructional practice.