Clinical Practice Requirements
Teacher candidates in the Educator Preparation Program in the College of Education at Sam Houston State are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. During the student teaching semester, Sam Houston teacher candidates are placed in a SHIPS school district for two 7-week placements. Some EC-6 student teachers may have one 14-week placement.
Candidates have the following field/clinical requirements:
The teaching candidates in Level I Field Experience are to engage in passive observation while completing field experience on campuses. Teacher candidates are required to complete and document ten (10) hours of public school field experience while enrolled in the following courses:
|CIEE 2333 - Becoming a Teacher||CISE 3374 - Human Growth and Learning||CISE 3384 - The Teaching Profession||SPED 2301 - Introduction to Special Education|
Field experiences in Level II provide "hands-on" opportunities for SHSU teacher candidates to connect and apply their university coursework to public school classroom environments. Level II field experiences emphasize lesson planning, and the application of acquired pedagogical knowledge and skills in public school classrooms. Level II Field Experience courses are listed below:
|CIEE 4334 - Mathematics in the Elementary School||CIME 4336 - Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades||READ 4205 - Content Area Reading Grades EC-6|
|CIEE 4335 - Science in the Elementary School||CISE 4364 - Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools||SPED 3301 - Learning and Instruction for Young Children with Disabilities|
|CIEE 4336 - Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades||CISE 4374 - Human Growth and Learning||SPED 3302 - A Study of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders|
|CIEE 4385 - Creating a Positive Leaning Environment||CISE 4377 - Assessment of Student Learning in Secondary||SPED 3304 - A Study of Learning and Learning Disabilities|
|CIME 3375 - The Middle Level Child||ECHE 3243 - Curriculum for Early Childhood||SPED 4301 - Study of Cognitive and Low Incidence Disabilities|
|CIME 4116 - Integrating Technology II||READ 3370 - The Teaching of Reading||SPED 4302 - Collaborative Partnerships Across the Lifespan|
|CIME 4334 - Teaching Math in the Middle Grades||READ 3371 - Literacy Assessment and Instruction|
|CIME 4335 - Teaching Science in the Middle Grades||READ 3372 - The Teaching of Language Arts|
Field experience is the final step of the teacher preparation program for SHSU pre-service teachers. During the student teaching semester, Sam Houston teacher candidates are placed in a SHIPS school district for two 7-week placements. Some EC-6 student teachers may have one 14-week placement. Candidates will gradually increase their involvement during each placement to full teaching responsibility, literally making a transition from student to teacher. Classroom mentor teachers and university supervisors share the responsibility of assessing and evaluating the student teacher's instructional and classroom management skills. Student teaching is completed during the final semester prior to graduation.