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CLINICAL PRACTICE 

 

Clinical practice is a significant component of the TMU Credential Programs. From the beginning of their program, candidates are placed in public school classrooms for hands-on work with teachers and students. This enables candidates to gain experience working with students, make connections between courses and the real world of teaching, and evaluate their own desire and ability to teach. TMU cooperates with local public school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley to provide candidates both fieldwork and student teaching experiences. Local school and district leaders participate in TMU’s Credential Programs Community Advisory Panel, ensuring strong communication and collaboration between the university and the local education community.

 

PLACEMENTS

Fall Semester Clinical Practice Placements (Fieldwork)

Multiple subject candidates complete one 7-week placement in a primary grade classroom (usually K-2) and one 7-week placement in an upper grade classroom (usually 4-6).   Required placement hours are from the start of school day until lunchtime, Monday – Thursday, approximately 8am – noon.

 

Single subject candidates complete one 7-week placement in a high school and one 7-week placement in a junior high. Placement hours vary by school site; the candidate is responsible for coordinating a schedule the equivalent of three periods, four days per week, usually Monday - Thursday. The goal is to “adopt” three classes and follow their schedule.

 

Spring Semester Clinical Practice Placements (Student Teaching)

Multiple subject candidates complete one 8-week placement in a primary grade classroom (usually K-2) and one 8-week placement in an upper grade classroom (usually 4-6).   Required placement hours are full day, Monday – Friday.

 

Single subject candidates complete one 8-week placement in a high school and one 8-week placement in a junior high. Required placement hours are full day, Monday – Friday.

 

Clinical Practice Placement Arrangements

The state mandates certain requirements for clinical practice, including qualifications of master teachers, characteristics of school sites, and classroom demographics. TMU is required to have a formal agreement with a clinical practice school district. Since TMU is responsible for ensuring that clinical practice placements meet state requirements, all placements must be arranged by TMU, and TMU only arranges clinical practice placements in the local public school districts listed below. Official contacts for placements are made by the Credential Analyst.

 

School District Partners

Multiple Subject candidates are placed in the following elementary school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley:

  • Newhall
  • Saugus
  • Sulphur Springs
  • Castaic

 

Single Subject candidates are placed in the secondary school district in the Santa Clarita Valley:

  • William S. Hart Union High School District

 

 

Clinical Practice Handbook

For more information about clinical practice in the TMU Credential Programs, download the Credential Program Handbook.