Clinical Experinces

Student Teaching

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 Department 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:

  1. Candidate must be admitted to the TEP.
  2. All coursework must be completed.
  3. All required early field experiences must be successfully completed.
  4. The following GPAs must be attained:
  • An overall 2.75 in all coursework taken
  • An overall 2.00 in General Education
  • An overall 2.75 in Professional Education Component with a grade of “C” or better
  • The required GPA in the content specialization.
  1. 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: 

Course Hrs. Early Field Experience Description 
EDUC 210 Diversity, Culture, and Education in a Pluralistic Society 25 Content level (i.e. 5-Adult, K-6, PreK)
EDUC 304 Developmentally Appropriate Practices 25 Kindergarten class
EDUC 305 Psychology of Teaching & Learning 25 Content specialization
EDUC 306 Instructional Processes & Strategies 25 Content specialization
EDUC 309 Understanding Reading Problems: Assessment & Instruction 15 Title1 class or during reading time
EDUC 311 Elementary Science Methods BLOCK Elementary Methods Block
EDUC 312 Elementary Social Studies Methods BLOCK Elementary Methods Block
EDUC 313 Elementary Math Methods BLOCK Elementary Methods Block
EDUC 314 The Teaching of Reading BLOCK Elementary Methods Block
EDUC 456 Supervised Student Teaching ------ Student Teaching Experience
ECSE 305 Early Education Curriculum, Methods & Materials 26 Pre-K class
ECSE 308 Reading in the Early Years 10 Pre-K thru 2nd class
ECSE 325 Families and Communities varies interview setting
ECSE 403 Intervention with Young Children 26 CU Childcare Center
PED 401 Physical Education, Health & Wellness for Elementary Teachers 15 Kindergarten thru 5th class
PED 402 Curriculum & Instruction for Elementary Physical Education 15 Elementary PE class
PED 403 Curriculum & Instruction for Middle & Adolescent Physical Education 15 Secondary PE class
PED 407 Adapted Physical Education 25 Kindergarten thru 12th PE class
SPED 303 Introduction to Special Education varies tutoring program
SPED 309 Strategies for the Inclusive Environment 25 Content specialization 
SPED 326 Development of Communication Systems 10 CU Childcare Center
SPED 350 Assessment, Curriculum & Planning for Students with Mild Disabilities 10 Self-contained class
SPED 415 Methods for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities 25 Self-contained class
SPED 417 Reading Strategies for Special Education I 10 Self-contained class
SPED 419 Reading Strategies for Special Education II 20 Self-contained class
SPED 425 Mathematics Strategies for Special Education 25 Self-contained class
ENGL 413A English Language Arts Professional Seminar 25 5-Adult English class
MATH 414 Special Methods in the Teaching of Mathematics 25 5-Adult Math class
NSC 414 Special Methods in the Teaching of Science 25 5-Adult Science class
SOSC 414 Special Methods in the Teaching of Social Studies 25 5-Adult  Social Studies class

NOTE: Course Descriptions, number of hours and early field experience description subject to change

Clinical Experiences: Resources and Forms