Clinical experiences, also known as practicum experiences, provide you with opportunities to spend time in secondary classrooms in your certification area prior to your student teaching semester. To meet the RIDE (RI Dept. of Education) clinical experience expectation, TCP requires a minimum of 60 hours of clinical experience in secondary classrooms, including at least one experience in an urban setting.
Three experience model: Students who began the Teacher Certification Program prior to the summer of 2016 complete three 20 hour experiences. The first is completed with EDU 207/792 Principles of Secondary Education. The second is completed with EDU 402/813 Educational Measurement, and the third is completed with EDU 410/808 General Methods.
There are several options for completing each 20 hour experience:
- Spend two hours/week for 10 weeks in your field study placement
- Spend three hours/week for 7 weeks in your field study placement
- Spend four hours/week for 5 weeks in your field study placement
Two experience model: Students who began the program in summer 2016 or later participate in two 30 hour experiences:Clinical I: The first clinical experience is completed with one of the first two education courses in our program (EDU 201/791, EDU 207/782). If you take the course in the summer, it may be possible to complete Clinical I from May -June. You may also elect to complete Clinical I in the fall semester immediately following your summer course work.
Clinical II: The second clinical experience is completed with or immediately before EDU 410/808 General Methods, your final course prior to student teaching. If you take your final course (EDU 410/808 General Methods) in the summer, you may complete the second clinical experience during the spring semester immediately before the summer session. If you complete EDU 410/808 General Methods during the fall or spring, you should plan to complete your second clinical experience with the General Methods course.
There are several options for completing each 30 hour experience:
- Spend two hours/week for 15 weeks in your field study placement
- Spend three hours/week for 10 weeks in your field study placement
- Spend four hours/week for 8 weeks in your field study placement
- Spend five hours/week for 6 weeks in your field study placement
The documents you will use in your clinical experiences will be sent to you via email so they can be completed electronically. PDF versions are also available in the Documents area on this page.
Obtaining a placement: You will work with our Office of Field Placement and Partnerships to apply for your student teaching placements. Application for your clinical placement is completed before you before you begin the semester in which you are going to complete the experience. Shannon Dolan is the Director of Field Placements and School Partnerships. Her office is in Harkins Hall, room 327. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.