Field Experiences

The primary objective of field experiences through Tarleton State University is to provide premier services for students requiring field placements by adhering to the University's core values of tradition, integrity, civility, leadership, excellence, and service. 

Students are assigned to a school campus as a clinical teacher for an entire semester to meet Tarleton’s clinical teaching requirements and to exceed the State Board for Educator Certification requirements. The clinical teaching semester is one of the most important components of our Teacher Education Program. Students are provided with a mentor teacher and university supervisor, each role being critical for the success of our clinical teachers in their development from pre-service teacher to professional educator.

Roles and Responsibilities

Robert H. Elliott Memorial Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching

Fall 2015 Winners

Marquis Thompson with Ann Calahan and his mentor teacher

Marquis Thompson, All-Level Certification Award Winner

Katy Lykes with Ann Calahan and her mentor teacher

Katy Lykes, EC-6 Certification Award Winner

Each semester the Department of Curriculum and Instruction will recognize clinical teachers who best exemplify the qualities that Bob Elliott represented during his life. Specifically, the award will recognize clinical teachers who:

  1. are willing to “go the extra mile”;
  2. are dedicated to the needs and interest of students;
  3. are supportive of fellow teachers and administrators; and
  4. are conscious of the extremely important role which teachers play in the lives of young people.

Nominations may be submitted by a Tarleton State University faculty member, mentor teacher, clinical adjunct faculty, or university supervisor. Recipients of the award will be selected by faculty members from our partner school districts and Tarleton State University. The award recipients will be recognized at the conclusion of the clinical teaching semester.