Clinical Practice is the capstone experience for the teacher candidate. The candidate will be totally involved for twelve full weeks with an experienced, highly professional teacher in appropriate classroom settings that reflect early childhood experiences for which the teacher candidate will be licensed. Successful completion of clinical practice will be assessed by how well the candidate will organize content knowledge through appropriate activities and instructional materials that assure pupil learning, create fairness, and rapport so the learning environment is optimal for student learning, use instructional time effectively so pupil learning connects with content and leads to extended learning, and evaluate his/her own teaching for greater effectiveness and personal efficacy. Continuous supervision and assessment will be provided by the cooperating teacher, as well as assessment observations by and conferences with the university supervisor. Teacher candidate will attend university seminars during this experience. Prerequisite: admittance to Clinical Practice.
Offered for 10 Semester hours.