College of Education and Professional Development

Clinical Experiences

The Office of Clinical Experience and Professional Development Schools (PDS) aims to provide information, support, and resources to clinical educators and teacher candidates engaged in professional education programs.  Our purpose is to cooperatively work with educational stakeholders to address program, practice, research, and policy issues relevant to the preparation of teachers and other educational specialists.

Additionally, our office partners with counties to facilitate professional development for both pre-service and in-service teachers. We strive to work closely with both the community and counties in an attempt to cultivate and sustain active and ongoing initiatives that foster continuous improvement.


Students Supervisors Cooperating Teachers

Clinical Students

As part of your education at the College of Education and Professional Development, teacher candidates will complete hours in a PK-12 classroom setting, which provides you to opportunity to apply what you learn.  The college has designed numerous field and clinical experiences for you to experience a range of classrooms and variety of teaching situations. These experiences are outlined below.

The field and clinical experiences are each a course for which candidates will receive credit. Candidates are encouraged to review the syllabus for each course and well as become familiar with the Clinical Handbook.

The handbook outlines all expectations for candidates entering the schools. The Office of Clinical Experience will hold an orientation for each major clinical experience (Levels I, II, and III) to ensure the candidate is prepared. Candidate are also always welcome to stop into the office to discuss experiences in the schools.

Field Experiences

Clinical Experiences

Cooperating Teacher
University Supervisor

Professional Development Schools (PDS) Partnership