Clinical teaching (referred as student teaching) is usually seen as the culmination of your education—that final hurdle to jump before going out into the world to begin your professional career. In reality, student teaching is only another step in your educational process; you will continue to learn, either formally in further course work or informally every day of your teaching career. Regardless, it is one of the most rewarding experiences in your professional development. It will provide you challenging opportunities to turn college-based theory into classroom-based practice.  
The cooperating teacher, principal, Field supervisor, and director of clinical experiences form a supportive team designed to provide you the fullest opportunity possible for clarifying ideas and skills in a practical setting. This practical setting will allow you to test and modify teaching strategies already acquired and to learn new ones from the professionals participating in the field experience.  

TEA Criminal History and Background Check

  • A criminal background check including fingerprinting will be performed by the Texas Education Agency before you will be allowed to certify or gain employment on a non-teacher certificate. TAC 227.1(b)(1)(2).
  • Items on a candidate’s criminal history report may render the candidate ineligible for certification.
  • Candidates may request a preliminary TEA background check for an evaluation of the criminal history.
  • Please note that applicants may request a preliminary TEA background check for an opinion of charge prior to starting a program faqs)


Applying for Clinical/Student Teaching

To apply for student teaching, apply through the Office of Teacher Preparation and Advising,  visit Old Main, Room 415 or call 806-651-2668. There are prerequisites and an application deadline for student teaching due to the placement process with the school districts.

  • Clinical Teaching Application/Information (Please use Chrome or Firefox, do not use Safari)
    • Fall Semester Student Teaching request - application deadline April 1st
    • Spring Semester Student Teaching request - application deadline October 1st
  • Dr. Beth Garcia, Director of Educator Preparation/Certification Officer
  • Gilbert Antunez, Director, Field Experience and Placements
  • Gloria Reidlinger, Administrative Assistant, Office of Teacher Preparation and Advising




Pre-requisite to Clinical Teaching

Pre-requisites to Clinical Teaching can be located in the Methods HandbookWT candidates must attend the mandatory methods orientation meeting to receive  a methods placement for Fall 2019. 


Clinical Teaching - Spring 2020 Dates

August Experience

All Students who plan to Student Teach in Spring 2020 must complete the August ExperienceTEA mandates that anyone completing their clinical teaching in a Spring semester must engage in an August Experience to be able to see the first weeks of school, which TEA defines as the first two weeks that students attend. 

Orientation/Training Dates for Spring 2020

  • January 14, Tuesday - Clinical Teaching Training I, 8:30-5 pm, JBK, Thunder Room 35
  • January 15, Wednesday - Clinical Teaching Training II, 8:30-5 pm, JBK, Thunder Room 35
  • January 16, Thursday - Clinical Teaching Training III, 8:30-5 pm, JBK, Legacy Hall
  • March 24, Tuesday - Career Services Educator Reception, 6-8 pm, JBK, Legacy Hall
  • March 25, Wednesday - Educator Expo, 9 -12 am, WTAMU First United Bank Center (FUBC)
                                           & Clinical Teaching  Training IV, 1 - 5 pm, JBK, Thunder Room

Clinical Teaching - Timeline

  • January 21, Tuesday -  First Day of Clinical Teaching at  school campus
  • May 8, Friday -  Last Day of Clinical Teaching at school campus
  • May 9, Saturday - Graduation for WTAMU eligible candidates


Clinical Teaching - Handbook & Forms  (active for Spring 2020)

  1. Clinical Teaching Handbook for Spring 2020  (print and bring to training)
  2. Clinical Teaching PowerPoint for Orientation
  3. CRAFT - submission instructions

Forms  - completed during clinical teaching experience. Share link with your cooperating teacher.

  1. Clinical Teaching Timeline page
  2. Clinical Teaching Information Sheet  (due Jan 24)
  3. Clinical Teaching Formative Evaluation 1 (due Feb 7)
  4. Clinical Teaching Formative Evaluation 2 (due March 6)
  5. Clinical Teaching Summative Evaluation (due May 1)
  6. Clinical Teaching Absences/Attendance  (submit Feb 7, March 6, May 1)
  7. Accountability Make-up Forms (due May 1)
    • complete with teacher and verify attendance
  8. Apply for your Texas standard certificate (May 5)
  9. WTAMU Exit Evaluation of Clinical Teaching Experience - WT Candidate completes (May 5)
  10. Exit Evaluation for Cooperating Teacher of WTAMU Program - Cooperating Teacher Completes (May 5)

Cooperating Teacher Forms and Handbook

  1. Cooperating Teacher Handbook
  2. Cooperating Teacher Timeline
  3. Cooperating Teacher Training Powerpoint
    • Complete training and confirm by January 23
  4. Timeline for Working With Clinical Teacher
  5. GYO Cooperating Teacher Handbook
  6. GYO Cooperating Teacher Timeline
  7. GYO Cooperating Teacher Training Powerpoint


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