The College of Education (COE) has a long and proud history of developing collaborative relations and partnerships with the community and P-12 schools. The unit and its school partners design, implement and evaluate field experiences and clinical practice so that teacher candidates and other school professionals develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to help all students learn. Our 23 Professional Development Schools and their faculties continue to be active and involved partners in the collaboration, design, implementation, and evaluation of teacher candidates. Each of the PDSs is located in an urban or urban-rim district demonstrating the university's commitment to urban education.
Field experiences and clinical practice are focal and essential components of every program offered by the professional unit and are integral into its conceptual framework and the University's institutional standards. Viewed as conclusive evidence that the teacher candidates are able to demonstrate professional dispositions, apply content and pedagogical knowledge while promoting P-12 student learning, field experience links the public schools and the university aligning theory with practice in diverse settings. Each candidate is assessed at intervals, using formative and summative measures and is expected to demonstrate documented progress toward becoming an informed, dynamic professional.
Initial and advanced programs require field experience and clinical practice. The Overview of Field Experience exhibits a snapshot of the interconnected and approved series of clinical experiences. Assessment instruments by courses are identified as are requirements for successful completion. Teacher Work Sample methodology is woven throughout the field experience sequence.
Field Experience Sequence: Time and Placement Requirements details the 18 programs at the initial level including specific elements unique to each program. The unit ensures that the candidates have opportunities to work with diverse student populations as well as with children with exceptionalities. In all pre-service teacher education programs, there are three or four levels of field experiences which build upon one another acting as a prerequisite to the next course. Placements as well as supervision of candidates and data collection are arranged and monitored by the Teaching Performance Center in collaboration with school partners. The Chart of Advanced Internship/Practica details the field experiences for advanced programs.