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Clinical Teaching

Download the clinical teaching application and complete all forms. Return the application and supporting documentation to Room 204 in Ball Hall by the 1st Tuesday in March for fall clinical teaching and 1st Tuesday in September for spring clinical teaching. All applications and information can be found on this webpage.

Teacher candidates should be prepared to begin their fall clinical teaching 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 clinical teaching semester.


  • Have an overall 3.25 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. The semester is divided into two placements. 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 a professional seminar with the clinical teaching semester (ICL 7993). No other courses may be taken during the clinical teaching semester.  Candidates will complete their edTPA during one of the placements in the clinical teaching semester.


University of Memphis Policy dictates that candidates are required to have diverse clinical experiences. All clinical  teaching placements are made in accordance with this policy. Placements are generally made in Shelby, Tipton, DeSoto, Dyer, Fayette, Jackson-Madison, and Municipal school districts. Placements in other counties will be considered upon request.

Graduate Candidates must have experience at different grade levels of their licensure program.

  • Early Childhood Education candidates must have Pre-K/Kindergarten experience and primary level experience.
  • Elementary education candidates must have an experience at the primary and upper-level grades.
  • Middle Grades candidates must have one lower middle grade experience and one upper middle grade experience.
  • Secondary Education candidates must have an experience at the high school level and middle school level.
  • Physical Education, Dance, Music and Art candidates must have both a middle/secondary and elementary placement.
  • Special Education candidates must have an experience in K-6 and one middle/secondary experience.

Mentor teachers are selected according to criteria specified by the Tennessee Department of Education, which 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.

See The Clinical Teaching Semester Handbook for details, roles, and responsibilities.

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Supervisors

The university supervisor must hold a certification and/or experience in teaching along with a master's degree and assumes the responsibility for supervising the activities of the teacher candidate in the cooperating school. The supervisor works in conjunction with the clinical practice coordinators.

Professional Liability Insurance

Teacher candidates are required to obtain professional liability insurance which will cover them during the student teaching semester. This may be obtained through STEA, Christian Educator's Network or by a special rider added to a personal homeowner's policy. Proof of insurance must be presented prior to the clinical teaching semester.

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