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Clinical Teaching (Student Teaching)

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.  
Prior to Clinical Teaching a candidate must undergo a criminal history background check. The student teaching assignment carries with it certain duties and responsibilities and these should be approached with seriousness and dedication. Failure to do this may result in an overall performance rating that will cause prospective employers to fail to consider you for employment and/or to cause you to fail your internship.

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 - Fall 2019 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

  • August 27, Tuesday - Clinical Teaching Orientation, 8:30-5 pm, JBK, Thunder Room 35
  • August 28, Wednesday - Clinical Teaching Training I, 8:30-5 pm, JBK, Thunder Room 35
  • August 29, Thursday - Clinical Teaching Training II, 8:30-5 pm, JBK, Thunder Room 35
  • November 8, Friday -  ,  Clinical Teaching Seminar,  9:00 - 4 pm, JBK, Thunder Room 35

Clinical Teaching - Timeline

  • September 3, Tuesday -  First Day of Clinical Teaching at  school campus
  • December 13, Friday -  Last Day of Clinical Teaching at school campus


Clinical Teaching - Handbook & Forms  (active links in July 2019)

  1. Clinical Teaching Handbook for Fall 2019
  2. Clinical Teaching PowerPoint for Orientation
  3. CRAFT - submission instructions

Forms  - completed during clinical teaching experience

  1. Clinical Teaching Timeline page
  2. Clinical Teaching Information Sheet
  3. Clinical Teaching Formative Evaluation 1 (due Sept 20)
  4. Clinical Teaching Formative Evaluation 2 (due Oct 18)
  5. Clinical Teaching Summative Evaluation (due Dec 6)
  6. Clinical Teaching Absences/Attendance
  7. Accountability Make-up Forms (due Dec 6)
  8. Apply for your Texas standard certificate (Dec 6)

Cooperating Teacher Forms and Handbook

  1. Cooperating Teacher Handbook
  2. Cooperating Teacher Timeline
  3. Cooperating Teacher Training Powerpoint
  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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