Preclinical Candidate Information
The pre-clinical experience is a semester-long, intensive field experience that takes place the semester prior to student teaching and is designed to prepare teacher education majors and teacher licensure candidates to gradually acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions they will need to be successful during student teaching. During the pre-clinical experience, teacher education majors and teacher licensure candidates spend either one full day or two half days each week in the same classroom in which they will complete their student teaching as they become familiar with the students in the classroom, learn the routines of the classroom and school, work one-on-one with students, and eventually teach a minimum of three-fully developed lesson plans to the full class. Pre-clinical candidates also attend monthly on-campus seminars and complete beginning pieces of their teacher education portfolios.
The fall pre-clinical experience begins when cooperating teachers begin their school year which is always before the university semester begins. The spring pre-clinical experience begins when cooperating teachers return from their winter break, usually the week before the university semester begins.
Applications for the Pre-clinical Experience are due in October and April for respective spring and fall placements.
Please contact the Office of Field & Clinical Experiences for application instructions or for additional information.