Clinical experiences and student teaching provide education majors with the opportunity to link theory to practice.
Clinical experiences are the first exposure to observation, tutoring, assisting, small group and whole class instruction in schools and other agencies. A minimum of 100 clinical hours are earned before student teaching and at least 50 of these hours are completed in diverse settings which are embedded into coursework.
Clinical Experiences are started as early as freshman year and completed before student teaching. Before starting any clinical experience, complete the clinical checklist.
Student teaching is the capstone of the teacher education process and occurs after clinical experiences when Gateway 1, Gateway 2, and all major course requirements have been met. During student teaching, students steadily increase classroom responsibilities and demonstrate competency in planning, assessment, instruction, and other professional tasks.