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Teacher Education Majors: Information Regarding Clinical Practice

Teacher Education Majors,

As you are returning from Spring Break to make significant adjustments to meet the challenges presented by the global health crisis, please know that Ohio University’s Patton College of Education is working diligently to protect your future, including how this situation affects your required clinical practice. We have been working with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to ensure successful matriculation and licensure for our students. We want you to graduate on time and be career ready. 

The Patton College’s nationally recognized Clinical Model of Preparation was designed to prepare you to be excellent educators and provide you with experience in the field earlier and more frequently than most Teacher Education programs in the state. We are confident that despite the ever-changing landscape of education and the current limitations for clinical practice, you are prepared to be a leader in your field.

Because of this unprecedented situation, ODHE has provided temporary flexibility for teacher candidates and the required hours of clinical practice on a case-by-case basis. Your educational path is unique, and so is the path to licensure under these temporarily revised guidelines. The quality of your education thus far has prepared you for career readiness; however, there are some requirements we need to ensure each of you meets to be qualified licensed educators.

Your Clinical Educator will contact you this week to gather the needed information on Spring 2020 Semester clinical experiences. Please respond promptly in order for your eligibility to be determined and any changes in assignments to occur. 

We realize this may be overwhelming and stressful. Know that The Patton College is dedicated to providing you with a successful path to graduation and career readiness.

Below is information regarding the temporarily revised guidelines provided by ODHE:

For Professional Interns for Spring 2020 Semester:

  • ODHE has provided flexibility for candidates in their Professional Internship to only complete 50% of the weeks in their internship, which totals six weeks of internship. To be eligible for licensure recommendation, candidates must demonstrate satisfactory progress through at least 50% of the required number of weeks/hours of clinical experience, and candidates must demonstrate sufficient mastery of subject matter, potentially through provided alternative experiences. Any candidate not demonstrating satisfactory progress through at least 50% of the required number of weeks/hours of clinical experience will not be eligible for licensure at the end of the semester. An opportunity to extend the clinical experience will be determined on a case-by-case basis. 
  • If you have a Mentor Teacher that is open and willing to allow you to continue your experience virtually, you are encouraged to assist them. This can include but is not limited to: teaching through live or recorded videos (teaching virtually), assisting in developing lesson plans and rubrics, selecting and implementing instructional strategies, teaching lessons and content, assessing learning to evaluate student progress and inform instructional decisions, creating a supportive learning environment, managing the classroom effectively and other appropriate activities.
  • Candidates who are expecting to graduate this Spring 2020 Semester will have their clinical experience requirements reviewed on an individual case-by-case basis. Some course assignments may be altered or added to accommodate for missing licensure requirements.

For all candidates (Early Field, PDS Partnership placements, endorsements, and second license) for Spring 2020 Semester:

  • All requirements for your placement will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine what requirements have been completed and what has yet to be completed. 
  • If you have a Mentor Teacher that is open and willing to allow you to continue your experience virtually, you are encouraged to assist them. This can include but is not limited to: teaching through live or recorded videos (teaching virtually), assisting in developing lesson plans and rubrics, selecting and implementing instructional strategies, teaching lessons and content, assessing learning to evaluate student progress and inform instructional decisions, creating a supportive learning environment, managing the classroom effectively and other appropriate activities.
  • For all candidates in an early field clinical experience placement (including PDS partnership placements), endorsement program, or working on their second license, ODHE is requiring 50% of the weeks/hours in your clinical experience to be completed for the Spring 2020 Semester to be eligible for licensure.
  • For those seeking second license, to be eligible for licensure recommendation, all candidates in a clinical experience must demonstrate satisfactory progress through at least 50% of the required number of weeks/hours of clinical experience, and candidates must demonstrate sufficient mastery of subject matter, potentially through provided alternative experiences. Any candidate not demonstrating satisfactory progress through at least 50% of the required number of weeks/hours of clinical experience will not be eligible for licensure at the end of the semester. An opportunity to extend the clinical experience will be determined on a case-by-case basis. 

Thank you for your patience during this ever-evolving situation.

Dean Renée A. Middleton

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Renée A. Middleton, Ph.D., Professor and Dean

The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education

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