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

Teacher candidates have several embedded field experience attached to courses.  Follow the link for the course below to learn more about the field experience requirements.

Early Childhood Field Experiences

Elementary Field Experiences

Secondary Field Experiences

Special Education Field Experiences

Clinical Experiences

Each candidate will complete three major clinical experiences.  Select the appropriate clinical below for more information on requirements and placements.

Level I Clinical  – 35 hours

Level II Clinical  – 75 hours

Level III  Clinical – Student Teaching Semester

Cooperating Teacher

The cooperating teacher is a teacher candidates greatest asset serving as a resource, support and mentor to the candidate.  Their role is to provide support to the candidate daily while communicating with the university supervisor or the Office of Clinical Experience.  The cooperating teacher is responsible for observing and evaluating the candidate during their placement. For additional information and to access materials for cooperating teachers.

University Supervisor

The university supervisor is the representative of Marshall University while working with teacher candidates in the schools.  Their role is to provide support to the cooperating teacher and clinical student during student teaching while communicating with the Office of Clinical Experience.  The supervisor is also responsible for observing and evaluating the candidate during their placement. For additional information and to access materials for university supervisors.

Professional Development Schools (PDS) Partnership

The PDS at Marshall University is a partnership between the College of Education and Professional Development and the public schools in West Virginia.  Our mission is to create a learning community committed to furthering the educational profession through a shared commitment to innovative and reflective practice by a broader educational community with the purpose of enhancing education for all learners.

The goals of PDS are:

  • Enhancing student learning
  • Improving teacher preparation
  • Providing appropriate professional development
  • Reaching out to the broader educational community
  • Inquiring about teaching and learning

PDS maintains partnerships in many schools in Cabell, Wayne, Mason, Putnam, and Logan Counties.  Teacher Candidates placed in these schools will find the support of a PDS team and will have the opportunity to participate in discussions about teaching and learning as well as participate in professional development sessions/activities offered at the school.

The PDS partnership also provides many other opportunities for clinical students each semester.