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Clinical Experiences

The Teacher Education Programs at Saint Anselm College have adopted a Clinical Practice model. Teacher education candidates have multiple and diverse clinical placements across settings and grade levels. Beginning in the sophomore year, students take a participatory role in an assigned classroom. Each candidate is placed in an urban, suburban and an optional placement in a Catholic school given the mission of the college. The clinical placements are embedded in education courses with correlating assigned projects and experiences with the intent to connect theoretical foundation with practical application. Students plan, implement, reflect and receive feedback on teaching experiences in schools. Prior to their Capstone Clinical Experience, students have completed four to five experiences and over 100 hours in classrooms.

We have 26 partnership kindergarten, elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools in urban, suburban, and private Catholic educational settings. We have one signed contract with a PDS (professional development school). Additional community relationships include optional service and collaborations with schools in the area, region and country. Specifically, some students have participated in tutoring in the America Reads/America Counts program at a local urban elementary school; volunteered at a private Catholic school in Portola Valley, CA; volunteered at the David School, an alternative middle and high school in Kentucky; and volunteered at Catholic schools in Austin, TX.

Elementary Education:

There are five clinical experiences beginning in the sophomore year that are embedded in each of the following courses: ED 130 - Principles of Teaching and Learning, SEFE (Sophomore Early Field Experience), 30 hours; ED 322 - Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Education, 30 hours; ED 375 - Theory and Methods of Teaching Elementary Reading, 30 hours; ED 430 - Elementary Reading and Mathematics Seminar, Bridge Experience, 20 hours; and ED 432 - Supervised Student Teaching, 15 weeks. Each placement will be in a school with an experienced certified elementary educator. Candidates will complete a clinical experience in one of each of the following grade groupings: (K-2), (3-4), and (5-6). It is highly recommended that a variety of sites are used: Catholic, urban, and suburban.

Secondary Education:

There are four clinical experiences beginning in the sophomore year that are embedded in each of the following courses: ED 130 - Principles of Teaching and Learning, SEFE (Sophomore Early Field Experience), 30 hours; ED 322 - Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Education, 30 hours; ED 440-445 Content Methods, Bridge Experience, 20 hours; and ED 432 - Supervised Student Teaching, 15 weeks. Each placement will be in a school with an experienced certified educator. Candidates will complete a clinical experience in one of each of the following grade groupings: middle school and high school It is highly recommended that a variety of sites are used: Catholic, urban, and suburban.

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