Field Experience

The Office of Teacher Education & Clinical Practice facilitates well-planned, quality experiences for College of Education, Music Education Division (of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music), Art Education, Physical Education Teacher Education and English as a Second Language teacher candidates. The staff is responsible for coordinating all field experiences, Clinical Teaching Semester placements, yearlong Residencies and other related Teacher Education events.

Undergraduate/Graduate Observation and Pre-Residency

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.

Field Experience Courses

Some of the courses that require field experience include (but are not limited to):  

  • ART 3411
  • ART 3423
  • ECED 4500
  • ECED 4530
  • ELED 3261
  • ENGL 4530
  • ENGL 4531  
  • ICL 4004
  • ICL 4080
  • ICL 4081
  • LITL 4240
  • LITL 4241  
  • PETE 3800
  • PETE 3308  
  • MUSE 4213  
  • MUSE 4403  
  • MUSE 4405
  • SPED 3800
  • SPED 3802 
  • SPED 3803  
  • SPED 3804   




The year-long Residency is the culminating experience for undergraduate teacher candidates, as they apply their learning with the guidance of a mentor teacher (MT). MTs are selected in collaboration with partner schools and have demonstrated excellence by scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on the TEAM/TEM evaluations or acceptable performance on their school’s equivalent evaluations.  

Clinical Teaching 

The Clinical Teaching Semester is the culminating experience for graduate teacher candidates as they apply their learning with the guidance of a mentor teacher. The Clinical Teaching semester is a hands-on, participatory experience that brings theory to practice.  

Mentor Teachers

Mentor teachers prepare our teacher candidates for the classroom by providing them with opportunities for observation and guided practice. The benefits of becoming a mentor teacher include:  

  • Coaching the next generation of teachers
  • Professional Development Opportunities  
  • Stipend for mentoring Residency and Clinical Candidates  

If you are interested in becoming a mentor teacher, please email tecp@memphis.edu for more information.