The Office of School Based Clinical Practice facilitates well-planned, quality experiences
for College of Education, Health and Human Sciences teacher candidates. The staff
is responsible for coordinating all field placements, Clinical Teaching Semester placements
and Ready2Teach year-long residencies. Clinical/field experiences allow teacher candidates
to enter a school setting for classroom observation and initial interactions with
students as they practice novice instructional skills. These begin early in the candidate's
curriculum. Student teaching is the culminating experience for graduate teacher candidates
as they apply their learning with the guidance of a mentor teacher. The year-long
residency placements are made in full collaboration of partner schools and only exceptional
teachers referred to as Preservice Instructive Mentor teachers (PIMs) are chosen.
PIMs have demonstrated excellence by scoring at least a 4 or 5 on their own teacher
evaluations. Finally, the Office of School Based Clinical Practice also plans the
Teacher Education Workshop Series which provides timely information and updates on
a variety of topics appropriate for enhancing the skills of teacher candidates.