Student teaching (Supervised Directed Teaching) is a 16-week, intensive (full-day), professional experience arranged and coordinated by the Coordinator of Clinical Experiences in the Division of Education at Concord University. Student teaching is a full time professional experience.Teacher candidates should not enroll in extra coursework, or engage in extra-curricular activities which interfere with student teaching. Exceptions to this must be approved by the Coordinator of Clinical Experiences. Candidates complete student teaching assignments in PreK-Adult public school(s) located in counties in proximity to the University, as well as required seminars offered at the University.
Candidates apply for admission to student teaching by the end of the fourth week of the semester preceding the semester in which student teaching is planned, as well as submit a Student Teaching Placement Request Form. Candidates will be notified by letter of their eligibility. Additionally, all candidates must attend a mandatory placement meeting held the semester prior to student teaching. Placement meetings are held on the last Wednesday in September and the last Wednesday in February. All teacher education candidates are required to purchase LiveText Field Experience Module in order to successfully complete all evaluations, assessments and time-logs associated with Student Teaching.The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for admission to student teaching:
- Candidate must be admitted to the TEP.
- All coursework must be completed.
- All required early field experiences must be successfully completed.
- The following GPAs must be attained:
- An overall 2.75 in all coursework taken
- An overall 2.00 in General Studies
- An overall 2.75 in Professional Education Component with a grade of “C” or better
- The required GPA in the content specialization.
- Passing scores on PRAXIS II: Subject Assessments and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) must be attained. Written verification from ETS must be on file with the Coordinator of Clinical Experiences prior to the deadline for eligibility to student teach. The eligibility deadline is the last day of the semester prior to the semester of student teaching.
*Note: Candidates not meeting application deadlines, admission criteria, and/or not attending the mandatory placement meeting will be denied student teaching and may reapply the following semester. Candidates may appeal this decision through the Director of Teacher Education.
Early Field Experiences
Early field-based experiences are included in most of the professional education courses and special methods courses. The goal of an early field experience is to introduce teacher education candidates to teaching in a PreK-Adult classroom. This will allow candidates to transfer their idea of teaching from a student’s perspective, to a teacher’s point of view. The early field experiences vary in the number of hours required and assessments that must be completed by content specialization. Please see Early Field Experience requirements under course description in the Academic Catalog.
Students must submit placement request forms at the beginning of each semester in order to be assigned a field placement. Students must also complete all required hours and assessments by the end of each semester. Each student will be assigned a mentor teacher, typically at the school or county of their choice, which will serve as a classroom guide throughout their early field experience. All teacher education candidates are required to purchase LiveText Field Experience Module in order to successfully complete all evaluations, assessments and time-logs associated with their Early Field Experience.
* Note: Observation hours for one course cannot be used to satisfy hours for another course, or be used toward ATEP volunteer hours.
Courses with an early field experience include, but are not limited to:
NOTE: Course Descriptions, number of hours and early field experience description subject to change
Clinical Experiences: Resources and Forms