Level II Clinical Experience (CI 470, CI 471, CI 472 and EDF 637) is a 75-hour experience in a public school, where the teacher candidate takes on the role of planning and teaching in the classroom.
The purpose of the level II clinical is to:
- begin independent planning and execution of lessons/units.
- connect educational philosophy, research, and theory to his/her own practice.
- develop classroom management skills.
- utilize effective methods of instruction, including technology.
- begin regular reflection by formally examining and critiquing his/her own daily teaching.
- respond to issues of diversity, considering the needs of students individually as well as collectively.
- articulate personal beliefs (dispositions) regarding teaching and learning.
Teacher candidates attend a 90-minute to two-hour block, five days a week for the 75-hour period (approximately 8 weeks). Level II requires a minimum of 18 to 20 days teaching including 8-10 day of lesson planning. Placements are made according to the candidate’s field of licensure.
- Professional Expectations
As a teacher candidate entering the schools, you are expected to conduct yourself as a practicing professional educator.
You are subject to the same ethical and professional responsibilities of a full-time teacher. Please review the Teacher Candidate Code of Professional Conduct, which includes the dress code and attendance policy for all candidates, prior to entering the classroom.
- Requirements to Complete your Level II Clinical Experience
Credit for Level II Clinical Experience is determined based on the completion of required time in the classroom, successful completion of required lesson/unit planning, and receiving a passing score on your mid-term and final evaluations.
The teacher candidate is responsible to turn in his/her timesheet to the Office of Clinical Experience. The cooperating teacher and university supervisor will complete the mid-term and final evaluations. All other pieces will be turned into the appropriate methods course professor.
- Evaluation (mid-term and final)
Level II placements require a mid-term and final evaluation completed by the university supervisor and cooperating teacher collaboratively. The evaluation is based on the WV Professional Teaching Standards focused on the ability of the candidate to plan and deliver successful lessons in the classroom.
The university supervisor and cooperating teacher will complete several observations during the placement (two each), which will aid them in completing the final evaluation. The evaluation is completed online and can be found HERE
- Unit/Lesson Planning Requirements
Teacher candidates are expected to complete a unit plan or lesson plans as assigned by their methods course instructor. The unit must be designed around the university approved unit plan format, which has been designed specific to each content area.
All unit plans must be approved by the cooperating teacher and university supervisor before taught in the classroom. Unit plans that are not provided timely will put a candidate at risk for a plan of improvement or failing the experience. Lesson/Unit plans will be graded by the methods professor.
- University Supervisor
Each candidate completing Level II will be assigned a university supervisor, who will act as a representative of the College of Education and Professional Development in the school in which the candidate is placed.
The university supervisor will be a liaison to the classroom teacher while hosting the candidate while also working with the candidate to identify strengths and weaknesses in the classroom.
The supervisor will visit the classroom often to observe and provide feedback to the candidate, review and approve lesson plans, and complete necessary paperwork for the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- Sequencing of Level II Experience
Week 1 of semester: Candidates will receive information through Marshall email to attend an orientation session and complete necessary placement forms.
Week 2 of semester: Candidates will attend an orientation session with the Office of Clinical Experience to review important information regarding their clinical placement and complete self-assessment.
Week 4 of semester/Week 1 of placement: Candidates will begin their placements attending two hours per day, five days a week. During the first week of your placement, become familiar with the classroom, students, procedures, etc.
Week 5-6 of semester/Week 2-3 of placement: assisting cooperating teacher, working with individual and/or small groups, teaching parts of lessons or shadow teaching.
Week 7-10 of semester/Week 4-7 of placement: Teach lessons of your design, practicing the use of various teaching methods and practice classroom management strategies, teach an 8-10 day unit/lesson plans as assigned by methods instructor, teach a minimum of 18-20 days total including additional lessons plans as assigned by the university supervisor. Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor will complete two formal observations each and collaborate to complete a mid-term evaluation.
Week 11-12 of semester/Week 8-9 of placement: Complete teaching requirements as needed, reflect on experience. Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor will collaborate to complete a final evaluation.
Week 13-14 of semester: Candidates will turn in timesheet to Office of Clinical Experience and ensure online evaluation is completed by the Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor.