Clinical Experience Guidlines
Before you begin your clinical experience:
Your clinical assignment will be emailed to you at the beginning of the semester.
After you receive your assignment, forward the results of your background check to your assigned district. You will need to complete a Fingerprinting and Background Request Form to be mailed or faxed to Jenelle Gagne at EASTCONN, Human Resources/Fingerprinting, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, CT 06247 (Fax # 860-455-8002). For your convenience on campus, you may bring the completed application to the Education Department to be faxed. EASTCONN completes this process in batches due to the volume of requests.
It is your responsibility to email and call your host teacher to establish a schedule. You will find your host teacher’s email on the school’s website. It is important to use both tools in communicating since your teacher may have a preference. Please allow 24-48 hours before attempting a second time. If you are unable to contact the school you may contact Mary-Grace Shifrin for assistance.
On your first day
Follow any additional district protocols, sign-in procedure, badges and introduce yourself to the school administrators.
Bring the following documents to your host teacher:
Observation Report: This form is the host teacher’s assessment of your performance in your clinical assignment. It is completed by your host teacher at midterms and at the end of the semester. This needs to be signed by you, your host teacher and your university liaison prior to submission. Use this feedback to grow as a teacher candidate and prepare for student teaching.
Clinical Experience Practicum Record Sheet: This record sheet is like a timecard that keeps track of your time at your host school. It is used to verify that you have met the time requirement and needs to be submitted at the end of the semester.
Throughout your clinical experience
It is important to maintain a high level of professional communication and responsibility during this process.
Although at times this may be challenging, you are an invited guest and potential employee for each district. Demonstrate a flexible, collaborative and proactive approach to your placement. See attached the Connecticut Common Core of Teaching Domain 6 Professional Responsibilities and Teacher Leadership.
You are expected to visit a minimum of one half day per week for the entire semester. This provides you with an opportunity to work with children over time and gain a greater understanding of the teaching environment. We establish the clinical in order to serve your growth as a teacher candidate. Enrich your experience by becoming part of the school culture.
Clinical experience courses do not have specific assignments; however, all methods courses have requirements related to your clinical experience. Share and discuss your methods course assignments and syllabi with your host teacher. Plan ahead so your host can accommodate you. Do not wait until the assignment is due.
Share concerns with your assigned University Liaison to clarify your role and responsibilities in the classroom.
Maximize your experience and learn about the school and the students! Each day is unique in a school.