Field and Clinical Experience Placements
Each Teacher Education student who has reached the appropriate level of competency will have a series of progressively responsible field experiences. TU has implemented a Network of Professional Development Schools to provide all students with an intensive and extensive internship.
Reflecting the Professional Education Mission and Vision statements, students are assigned by their department and/or the Center for Professional Practice to field and clinical experience placements that are diverse and inclusive. Placements are made in schools that provide the best experiences for future success as a teacher and that enable the Teacher Education Unit to meet state and national accreditation mandates. All professional year placements will be in identified Professional Development Schools, based on ongoing and systematic PDS partnership agreements with school systems. These mandates and the size and scope of our education program do not always permit personal preference or geographic convenience in placements.
Students enrolled in the professional year internships are charged a lab fee. This fee is used for remuneration to mentor teachers in schools where field experiences are completed.