The purpose of clinical/field experiences at the University of Memphis is to allow
students to observe and interact with teachers, students, and other support personnel
in diverse school settings as well as other community settings. Extensive experiences
in structured observations, tutoring, small group instruction and whole class instruction
are required to provide a meaningful developmental transition from theory to practical
application culminating in a year-long residency as part of the Ready2Teach program
or clinical teaching in the case of graduate candidates.
All clinical/field experiences for initial licensure and advanced programs are designed,
implemented and evaluated with the ultimate goal of developing educational leaders.
As students interact with professionals in a variety of school and community sites
and agencies, further development of content, professional, and pedagogical knowledge,
skills, and dispositions is enhanced. The candidate has opportunity to apply the understand,
skills and dispositions in real world settings and reflect on their impact on student
- At the undergraduate level, over 70 field experience hours are required prior to the
Ready2Teach year-long residency.
- At the graduate level field experience hours total at least 60 prior to clinical teaching.
More may be required for specific graduate programs as indicated on the advising sheet.
The number of hours required for specific classes will be denoted in the syllabus
passed out at the beginning of the class. Please be aware that hours do not include
travel time to and from the schools. The student is responsible for his/her own transportation.
Field experience hours are completed outside the scheduled class time in most instances.
- Students are expected to complete hours in urban, suburban, and rural public school
settings. Field experiences will reflect the diverse student population of The University
of Memphis area and will provide for a multicultural experience.
- Students do not make their own field experience placements. The process is handled
through the Office of School Based Clinical Practice. Professors will handle paperwork
and will notify students of approval of placements. Students are not to call schools
or go to schools until there has been approval.
- All field experiences will be structured in such a manner as to reflect a developmental,
sequential approach to teacher education. Observation will be followed by tutoring,
small group instruction, and large group instruction. Students will be supervised
by university personnel. Field experiences are a required part of the teacher education
program except for candidates on transitional licenses. Students must spend time
in schools in classrooms to develop requisite skills for the clinical teaching semester
or, in the case of Ready2Teach, year-long residency.