Clinical Practice Requirements

As a part of the clinical practice program at Seaver College, students are required to complete three clinical experiences. Each experience is in conjunction with a specific course. 

Early Field Experiences 

EDUC 461& 462

EDUC 461: 20 hours of observation and participation in an elementary school classroom. 

EDUC 462: 20 hours of observation and participation in a middle or high school classroom. 

Clinical Experience 1

EDUC 463, 464, & 501

In this clinical experience, the teacher candidate will:

  • Complete 50 hours of fieldwork.
  • Participate actively in all classroom activities. At the discretion of the mentor teacher (MT), the teacher candidate can assist with group work, work one-on-one with students, help with assessment, grade papers, record grades, make copies, and assist in organization of materials.
  • Complete a literacy case study research project on the literary development of one student. 

In this clinical experience, the teacher candidate is not permitted to do whole class instruction, but is expected to participate actively and eagerly in all other ways. 

Clinical Experience 2

EDUC 510, 520, & 521

In this clinical experience, the teacher candidate will:

  • Complete 160 hours of field work. 
  • Establish a weekly schedule with their mentor teacher to complete fieldwork. 
  • Participate actively in all classroom activities. (e.g., can assist with group work, work one-on-one with students, help with assessment, grade papers, record grades, make copies, and assist in classroom organization.)
  • Teach minimally eight formal lessons. Each lesson will include a formal lesson plan. 
  • Be observed six times by a university field supervisor (UFS). While being observed, the teacher candidate will provide the mentor teacher and university field supervisor with a formal lesson plan, will teach the lesson, and will have a conference with the university field supervisor to reflect on the lesson. 

Clinical Experience 3

EDUC 530 & 531

In this clinical experience, the teacher candidate will:

  • Complete 15 weeks of full-time fieldwork. 
  • Maintain the same full-time daily schedule as the mentor teacher (MT). 
  • Attend all faculty meetings, IEP meetings, parent/teacher conferences, back-to-school nights, professional development opportunities, and any other faculty duties with permission from the MT. 
  • Gradually work towards a minimum of four weeks of full takeover.
  • Take on responsibilities including lesson planning, teaching, assessment, grading, recording grades, making copies, and organizing lesson materials. 
  • Be observed six times by a university field supervisor (UFS). After providing the MT and UFS with a formal lesson plan, the teacher candidate will teach the lesson, followed by a conference with the UFS to reflect on the lesson. 
  • Complete the edTPA which is a student teacher performance assessment.