Clinical Practice Policies
Clinical Practice Policies
All candidates will be required to complete one semester of full-day clinical practice for a total of 12 credit hours. Elementary candidates seeking endorsement in more than one area must complete clinical practice in each field of certification.
Application for clinical practice must be made during the fall or spring term preceding the semester of clinical practice. Admission to clinical practice is by application only. Applicants cannot be considered for placement unless all application materials are submitted by September 15 for spring clinical practice and February 15 for fall clinical practice.
Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in order to be eligible for clinical practice.
A grade of "C" or better is required in those courses listed on the candidate's program of study as professional education courses, teaching area courses for secondary candidates, and specialization or academic concentration courses courses for elementary candidates.
Candidates must have passed the Basic Skills test or CORE prior to admission to educator preparation.
Candidates must have completed all of their coursework prior to clinical practice.
Teacher candidates completing a dual endorsement with special education will be required to complete 10 weeks of clinical practice at the elementary or secondary level and 10 weeks of special education during the same semester. This only applies to two endorsement areas with one being special education. It does not apply to three endorsement areas, e.g., K-12 candidates.
Elementary and secondary candidates doing only special education will complete one semester of clinical practice.
All elementary education majors receiving endorsement in physical education will be required to complete two semesters of clinical practice, one in an elementary classroom and one in a physical education setting. Each semester will be an all-day experience.
All elementary and secondary education teacher candidates receiving endorsement in school library will complete two semesters of clinical practice, one semester in the elementary setting or secondary subject area and one in school library. Each semester will be an all-day experience.
Grades of "D," "F" and "I" must be removed prior to clinical practice in all course work listed on the candidate's program of study as professional education, teaching areas for secondary candidates and specialization areas for elementary candidates. Candidates receiving "D's," "F's and "I's" are responsible for contacting the advising office upon receiving said grades if they are planning on clinical practice the following semester.
Clinical practice candidates who are withdrawn from any clinical practice placement, or who voluntarily withdraw after being identified as a candidate in jeopardy, must petition the Academic Review Committee if they wish to continue their professional preparation program.