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Clinical teaching (sometimes called student teaching) is the capstone experience for teacher certification candidates. Clinical teaching takes the form of either a one-semester clinical teaching assignment or a full-year teacher residency. Clinical teachers and teacher residents maintain the daily schedule required of the mentor teachers with whom they are placed.

Clinical Teaching

Clinical teachers are not employed by the school district, and do not receive a salary, unless they are an educational aide who is meeting the clinical teaching requirements through their classroom aide position. Clinical teachers are placed in a classroom for one semester, where they work alongside an experienced mentor teacher. During the clinical teaching, the mentor teacher and a university field supervisor provide coaching and support.

Teacher Residency

Teacher residents are employed part-time by the school district, and receive a salary. Teacher residents are placed in a classroom for two semesters, working alongside an experienced mentor teacher and grade-level team. During the teacher residency, the mentor teacher and a university site supervisor provide coaching and support. Residencies are currently available only with Ector County ISD and Midland ISD.

Application Deadlines

Application for FALL Clinical Teaching or Residency                          March 10th

Application for SPRING Clinical Teaching or Residency                     October 10th

Eligibility for Clinical Teaching

To be considered for clinical teaching, a candidate must:

  • Be within 12 credits of graduation by the start of clinical teaching, or have permission for any exception from the Dean of the College of Education;
  • Attend a Clinical Teaching information session;
  • Apply for clinical teaching by the posted deadline (see above);
  • Successfully complete a structured interview;
  • Submit a readiness portfolio;
  • Attempt all appropriate certification exams;
  • Successfully complete all courses in progress;
  • Maintain the requisite GPA; and
  • Clear a state and national criminal background check.

Eligibility for Teacher Residency

To be considered for teacher residency, a candidate must:

  • Be within 30 credits of graduation by the start of teacher residency, or have permission for any exception from the Dean of the College of Education;
  • Attend a Teaching Residency information session;
  • Apply for teaching residency by the posted deadline (see above);
  • Successfully complete a structured interview;
  • Attempt all appropriate content-area certification exams;
  • Successfully complete all courses in progress;
  • Maintain the requisite GPA; and
  • Clear a state and national criminal background check.
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