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UC Merced Extension | Education Programs

CLINICAL PRACTICE

Student teachers working in classroom with young students.

 

THE PURPOSE OF CLINICAL PRACTICE

Effective teachers have the greatest opportunity to positively impact student learning and clinical practice is a key element in building that foundation. To prepare future TK-12 educators for today's classrooms, candidates, like yourself, create opportunities to connect what you have learned in practice under the watch of skilled educators. This practice is a great reinforcer of learning by doing and prepares you to enter the classroom with confidence in your ability as you embark on your career. 

We work closely with local school districts in pairing candidates with appropriate placements that result in you learning how to successfully work closely with colleagues, students, and even community. 

These school district partnerships also ensure the Teacher Preparation Program is consistently designing and delivering curriculum based on the critical needs of our student population. 
 

HOW DO YOU GET PLACED?

Teacher Preparation Program administration is responsible for identifying student teaching placements with strong cooperating (mentor) teachers and will match experienced University Mentors to your educational and career goals. After you SIR, you will be sent a Clinical Practice questionnaire.

 

WHAT YOU WILL DO 

During your clinical practice time, you will work directly with students and develop lesson plans under the guidance of an experienced educator who serves as your mentor. Cooperating teachers will help guide you in modeling classroom management strategies, how to use creative institutional strategies, and any general guidance as you become accustomed to the classroom environment. This is completed over the fall and spring semesters.