Office of School Based Clinical Practice
Dr. Jennifer Nelson, Associate Director of Teacher Education
Shelley Hand, Assistant Coordinator
Kristen Buck, Administrative Assistant
Ball Hall 204
The Office of School Based Clinical Practice facilitates well-planned, quality experiences for College of Education, Music Education Division (of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music), Art Education, and Physical Education Teacher Education teacher candidates. The staff is responsible for coordinating all field experiences, Clinical Teaching Semester placements, Ready2Teach yearlong residencies and other related Teacher Education events.
Field experiences allow teacher candidates to enter a school setting for classroom observation and initial interactions with students as they practice novice instructional skills. Field experiences begin early in the candidate's curriculum prior to his or her Clinical Teaching Semester or Residency Year.
The Clinical Teaching Semester is the culminating experience for graduate teacher candidates as they apply their learning with the guidance of a Preservice Instructive Mentor (PIMs). The Clinical Teaching semester is a hands-on, participatory experience that brings theory to practice.
The yearlong Residency is the culminating experience for undergraduate teacher candidates as they apply their learning with the guidance of a PIM. PIMs are made in full collaboration with partner schools and have demonstrated excellence by scoring at least a 4 or 5 on their own teacher evaluations.