COURSE: 50-481 Clinical Practice/Student Teaching with Seminar (9)
The purpose of this clinical experience is to assist the candidates in applying their theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills to the diverse and multicultural early childhood classroom. During clinical practice, candidates engage in a guided, 16 week full-time teaching experience in an early childhood classroom, under the cooperation and supervision of a mentor teacher and University field supervisor. Clinical practice consists of the candidate observing the students, the environment and the cooperating teacher, as well as being responsible for the developmentally appropriate instruction of students individually, in small groups and as a whole class. Attendance at Clinical Practice Seminar is required. Evidence of successful completion of the appropriate State of Illinois content area test must be received in the College of Education at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester in order to be allowed to student teach. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA; Admisstion to student teaching; all required methods and field experience course work completed; and a negative TB test on file.