Early clinical experiences are included in most professional education courses. The goal of an early clinical 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. Ideally, candidates complete clinical experiences in schools located in Concord University’s service area. Concord University’s service area includes public schools in the following counties in WV and VA: Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Wyoming, Tazewell, Bland & Giles. Candidates may be able to complete clinical experiences outside of CU’s service area, pending approval of a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with the cooperating county’s Board of Education.
Candidates must complete all required hours and assessments by the end of each semester. Each candidate will be assigned a mentor in alignment with WVDE policy, typically at the school or county of their choice, which will serve as a classroom guide throughout their early clinical experience.
Concord University has established multiple levels of clinical experiences, with specific expectations at each level. All evaluations follow InTASC standards, which will allow for analysis of growth as students progress through the various levels.