MLFTC Fall 2020 FAQ

Last updated Aug. 3, 2020

This FAQ addresses issues specific to undergraduate and master’s students enrolled in campus-based courses at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Doctoral students should be in communication with their instructors to make sure they have the most accurate and up-to-date information.

All students should also regularly consult the following resources:

ASU fall 2020 updates

ASU novel coronavirus FAQ

In-person, ASU Sync and iCourse classes

In addition to reading this FAQ for students of Mary Lou Fulton teachers College, please visit the university’s overview of ASU Sync for fall 2020 and scroll to the FAQ at the bottom of that page.

What is ASU Sync?

ASU Sync is a way to attend class remotely in real time via Zoom. ASU classrooms will be set up with technology so that students can attend from wherever they are. Your fall semester schedule may include classes that you will attend in person for some sessions and remotely for other sessions via ASU Sync.

How will I know how my classes are being delivered?

Your courses will be listed in the MyASU portal as either ASU Sync/In-Person or ASU Sync Only. ASU Sync/In-Person means that a course will have a classroom and that students can attend in-person or remotely via Zoom. ASU Sync Only classes will only be accessible remotely and conducted over Zoom.

Do I have to sign-up or register for ASU Sync?

There’s no need to sign up. ASU Sync will automatically be available for eligible classes. You will see an ASU Sync button added next to each class in your class schedule in My ASU for each class that will offer ASU Sync. If for any reason you need to modify your schedule, you should work with your academic advisor before making any changes.

How can I opt to attend an in-person class remotely?

You may opt to attend a class remotely. Contact your instructor or email MLFTCDean@asu.edu to make your request.

Can I choose whether to attend in person at any given time?

Work with your instructor to make sure that you have a shared understanding of course expectations. If you have unresolved issues, you can email MLFTCDean@asu.edu with your request.  

Do I have the option of attending ALL my classes remotely for fall?

Yes. Communicate with your instructors or email MLFTCDean@asu.edu.

I can’t always attend class from my home. Is there a place on campus I can go to attend classes remotely?

We are working to set up spaces on campus for students to work and attend classes remotely in a safely distanced manner.

What options are there for students in a different time zone that makes attending class in real-time via ASU Sync difficult?

If you are worried about being able to attend your classes at their normally scheduled times, please email MLFTCDean@asu.edu.

I don't have reliable internet access or a computer at home. What can I do? 

Students without their own device or internet access who are taking courses through ASU Sync can check out a laptop and/or hot spot in a process managed by the ASU Library and the University Technology Office.

Internships, residencies and service learning

Below are frequently asked questions regarding internships and residencies for students in teacher preparation programs, as well as service-learning courses. These are courses and professional experiences affected by the schedules of K-12 schools and other partner organizations.

Internships are generally conducted by undergraduates in their junior year and by graduate students prior to conducting their residencies. Internships reflect requirements determined by ASU and program faculty.

Residencies are generally conducted by undergraduates in their senior year and by graduate students. Residencies reflect requirements determined by both ASU and the Arizona Department of Education, Residencies fulfill requirements necessary to receive ASU’s institutional recommendation for teacher certification.

Service-learning courses for fall 2020 are: are USL 210, USL 216, USL 410, USL 496, & USL 497.

What will happen to my clinical internship course?

Expect that your internship will be remote. The required in-person sessions will be conducted remotely via ASU Sync.

The actual activities you conduct in your remote internship will depend on which program you are enrolled in. Please contact the Office of Professional Experiences at ope@asu.edu if you have specific questions about your internship

Internship courses for Secondary Education programs will be taught remotely in the fall 2020 semester. Students will attend classes via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time. This applies to the following courses: this applies to SED 396, SED 397, SED 398 and SED 496.

When will I know where I am placed for my fall internship?

If you do not yet have a remote internship, we are working on it. We are working with schools every day as they figure out how they will operate this fall. Even if we can’t connect you to a K-12 school, we will develop a meaningful professional learning experience for you that will allow you to stay on track to earn your degree. For internship questions, email the Office of Professional Experiences at ope@asu.edu.

I am attending college remotely this fall and will not be in Arizona. What does this mean for my internship? 

All students will have the opportunity to conduct a remote internship. You will have the opportunity to conduct your internship remotely.

What will my residency look like this fall?

For fall 2020, residencies will likely involve a combination of in-person and remote environments aligned to partner district and lead teacher responsibilities. Different schools are making different decisions about how they will operate.

Regardless of the mode, all residents will receive coaching on their teaching practice from lead teachers as well as ASU faculty.

Coaching by ASU faculty will come from qualified instructors from your program area and will be done via GoReact. You will submit a video of your teaching, and your site lead (an ASU faculty member) or university supervisor will be able to provide you with quick and specific feedback. You will be supported in the district by your site lead

Depending on school and district policy, residents may have the opportunity to conduct in-person instruction and instructional support.

They may also perform any of the following activities remotely:

  1. Work independently and with a team to design synchronous and asynchronous lessons within a learning management system 

  2. Teach small and whole group synchronous/asynchronous lessons.

  3. Support students and families with navigating learning management systems.

  4. Tutor small groups of students in various content areas.

  5. Participate in district/school professional development. 

  6. Develop understanding of online/remote teaching pedagogy. 

  7. In conjunction with Lead Teacher, engage in parent communications.

  8. Support for Special Education and BLE as needed and appropriate to the program you are in.

Your program faculty will be able to provide more specific information as the semester progresses.

Can I ask to conduct my residency entirely in remote mode? 

If you wish to conduct your residency entirely in remote mode, you can file a request by completing an Alternative Experience Request Form. Email ope@asu.edu if you need any questions.

I am unable to conduct my studies in Arizona. Can I conduct my residency out of state? 

MLFTC teacher-certification programs are tied to Arizona certification. To meet Arizona Department of Education requirements, residencies therefore need to be attached to Arizona schools. To meet ASU requirements for institutional recommendation, residencies need to be in Arizona schools in MLFTC partner districts. Email ope@asu.edu to discuss how you might conduct a remote residency in an Arizona school this fall.

What will happen to my ASU courses originally scheduled to be taught at K-12 schools and other remote locations? 

Courses usually taught at school sites will be taught remotely in the fall 2020 semester. Students will attend classes via zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.