Clinical Teaching

The Clinical Teacher’s Role

A clinical teacher occupies a dual role in that he or she is both a college student and a teacher with all the implications of each classification. As a student, you are subject to all regulations governing the relationship between college student and clinical teacher. As a teacher, you are working as a professional and must accept the responsibility of the position.

Clinical teachers are assigned to a school campus for the entire semester to meet Tarleton State University’s clinical teaching requirements and to exceed the State Board for Educator Certification requirements. During the assigned time, you are required to follow the daily schedule of the campus to which you are assigned. Changes in placement can only be made by the Coordinator of Field Experiences.

You will begin by observing and assisting the first week. Beginning with the second week, you may start teaching one period/subject a day and pick up one period/subject each week and gradually move into teaching the entire day. You will eventually teach the entire day for a minimum of three weeks. You will teach in as many different situations as possible during the 15/16 weeks of clinical teaching.

Professional Responsibilities

  1. Conduct yourself in a professional manner. Maintain a professional relationship with the students, faculty and staff at all times.
  2. Conform to dress code of district in compliance with Tarleton State University’s Field Experiences Dress Code.
  3. Be fair, impartial, and consistent in working with students.
  4. Be open to constructive feedback and incorporate it in subsequent planning and teaching.
  5. Research the subject matter and adequately prepare to teach the subject each day.
  6. Identify the students by name as quickly as possible. Get to know your learners.
  7. Observe and study the mentor teacher’s plans, techniques, discipline procedures, and classroom organization and management before attempting to direct any project.
  8. Be proficient in the correct usage of written and oral language.

Responsibilities to the University

  1. Have lesson plans ready and approved by your cooperating teacher, according to your teacher’s and school’s policy, prior to your lesson.
  2. Send weekly reflection and time documentation sheet to the field supervisor each Friday.