Clinical Teaching  

Please read the below information prior to applying for the Clinical Teaching Semester or Library Media Specialist Practicum. Return the application and supporting documentation to Room 204 in Ball Hall by the 1st Tuesday in March for fall Clinical Teaching or practicum and 1st Tuesday in September for spring Clinical Teaching or practicum. 

Teacher candidates should be prepared to begin their fall Clinical Teaching Semester anytime after the last week in July, and spring teacher candidates anytime after January 1st. Teacher candidates will be notified of placements and beginning dates via email the semester prior to the clinical teaching semester.

Teacher candidates and "Initial" Library Media Specialist Licensure candidates needing to apply for the Clinical Teaching Semester or Practicum should complete and submit the Clinical Teaching Application> via Qualtrics.

Library Media Specialist (Add-on Endorsement) candidates needing to apply to the Practicum should complete and submit the Library Media Specialist Practicum Application> via Qualtrics. 


  • Have an overall 3.0 graduate grade point average.
  • Successfully complete all approved pre-clinical teaching semester experiences in conjunction with class work.
  • Must take and pass all required Praxis II exams prior to the clinical teaching semester.
  • Must submit passing scores to the Office of Clinical Based Practice 30 days prior to the first day of the clinical teaching semester.
  • Must have positive evaluations from all clinical experiences.
  • Be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program one semester before the clinical teaching semester.
  • All course work required for initial licensure must be finished prior to the clinical teaching semester.


The Clinical Teaching Semester requires the commitment of one semester in a selected partner school. Teacher candidates must be present at their school for the full day and are required to participate in faculty meetings, PTO/PTA meetings, parent teacher conferences, etc.


All students must take the Professional Seminar (ICL 7993) with the Clinical Teaching Semester (ICL 7808). No other courses may be taken during the clinical teaching semester. The seminar is designed to assist students with submission of the edTPA.


University of Memphis Policy dictates that students are required to have diverse clinical experiences. All Clinical Teaching placements are made in accordance with this policy as well as in conjunction with identified Ready2Teach partner schools. Placements are generally made in a variety of West Tennessee public school systems. School partnerships change annually.

Mentor Teachers

Mentor Teachers (MTs) are selected according to criteria specified by the Tennessee Department of Education and in collaboration with partner schools. State requirements include:

  • a regular Tennessee License for the teaching assignment,
  • at least four years of teaching experience,
  • and a history of positive evaluations from their principal or supervisor.

In addition to State requirements, Partner Schools and the College of Education collaborate to select MTs who are excellent classroom teachers, have had professional development related to being a MT, have scored a 4 or 5 on their teacher evaluations and have demonstrated positive impact on student achievement as reflected by TVASS.

College of Education Ready2Teach Supervisors

The Ready2Teach supervisor must have a teacher license, substantial experience in teaching, a master's degree and assumes the responsibility for supervising the activities of the teacher candidate in the partner school. The supervisor works in conjunction with the Office of School Based Clinical Practice.

Professional Liability Insurance

Clinical Teaching candidates are required to obtain professional liability insurance which will cover them during the entire semester. This may be obtained through STEA, Professional Educators of Tennessee, other approved professional organizations or by a special rider added to a personal homeowner's policy. Proof of insurance must be presented prior to the Clinical Teaching Semester.


Students will submit a portfolio to document Clinical placement experiences via the LiveText system>.