Field Experiences

The primary objective of field experiences through Tarleton State University is to provide premier service 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 cooperating 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.

The Clinical Teaching Application is due one year prior to the semester in which the clinical teaching will be completed. Please note: you must select school districts within a 60 mile radius of the Tarleton campus where you attend classes. Please submit all required materials to Suite 101 in the Math Building. The following dates are the final deadlines to apply:

  • Fall: September 30th
  • Spring: February 3rd
 No late applications will be accepted.

Roles and Responsibilities

Tarleton Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award

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Each semester the Department of Curriculum and Instruction will recognize clinical teachers who best exemplify the qualities that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the education of children. 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, cooperating teachers, clinical adjunct faculty, or by field supervisors. The award recipients will be recognized at Reflections Ceremony, a culminating event held at the end of the clinical teaching semester.

Tarleton Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award Application (PDF)
Tarleton Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award Application (Word)