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Field Experiences and Clinical Practice

Education Department Internships consist of a minimum of 100 days over two consecutive semesters in a Professional Development School (PDS). The internship is the final part of the teacher preparation program and occurs in a PDS. The PDS is a collaboratively planned and implemented partnership for the academic and clinical preparation of interns and the continuous professional development of both school system and university faculty. The focus of the PDS partnership is improved student performance through research-based teaching and learning. Interns must have completed all prerequisites for admission to the internship.
Courses Hours
EDUC 310 15 – 30
Reading Courses:
317, 319, 415 10 – 15
Methods Courses:
320, 330, 331 10 – 15
Courses Hours
EDUC 310 12 – 15
Reading Courses:
410, 411 12 – 15
Methods Courses:
315, 322, 332, 335 12 – 15
* All secondary teacher candidates will take two reading courses, one methods course and an inclusion course.
Field Experience Assignments
The Education Department and school partners collaboratively plan, implement, and evaluate field experiences. They jointly determine the most appropriate placement for each teacher candidate with each teacher candidate assigned to an accomplished mentor teacher. The mentor teacher and teacher candidate then identify a mutually agreeable schedule for school visitation. Teacher candidates are guests in the school and are expected to follow all vistor and security policies and demonstrate respect for teachers, students and the learning community.


Teacher candidates will receive specific assignments related to the topics covered in their classes. Listed below are expectations designed to enrich the field experience component of education courses. Students are not required to do all of the activities listed, but should include as many as time and their course-related assignments permit.


* Observe classes taught by the mentor teacher
* Observe the same students with another teacher
* Observe other teachers in the same discipline to note the variety in teaching styles
* Observe instruction adapted for exceptionalities
* Observe classroom management techniques
* Observe educational practices, materials and content that reflect multiculturalism
* Check student assignments
* Tutor individual students
* Teach part of a lesson under supervision
* Assist with laboratory activities
* Accompany a class on a field trip
* Administer a make-up test or quiz
* Score assessments and discuss grading with the teacher
* Use information technology to support teaching and learning
* Collect data on student learning
* Reflect on teaching practice
Teacher candidates must:
* Arrange the first meeting with the mentor teacher
* Arrange for transportation
* Sign-in at the main office each visit and follow the school protocol
* Exchange phone numbers and email addresses with the teacher
* Call the teacher and classroom instructor with any schedule changes in a timely fashion
* Keep a journal of field experience observations and their relationship to course work in addition to class assignments
* Demonstrate positive dispositions toward teaching and learning, display professional behaviors, and respect confidentiality
Mentor Teachers are asked to:
* Introduce the teacher candidate to the class
* Introduce the teacher candidate to other faculty, administrators and staff
* Involve the teacher candidate in as many activities as possible
* Share pertinent educational information
* Complete and return the evaluation form and activity checklist at the end of the visitation semester
During their years at UMBC, teacher candidates are strongly encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to teaching and learning opportunities for young people by volunteering to work independently with a student or group of students. Examples of appropriate opportunities with different age groups include tutoring, summer camp counseling, or other service learning occasions at a school of their choice. Documentation of hours and learning experiences may become a part of their portfolio.


Pamela Williams Morgan, Ed.D.
Director of Field Experiences and Clinical Practice
Location: ACIV Building, Office 430
Phone: 410-455-1218