Yearlong Clinical Experience in Middle Grades Education


What is The Yearlong Clinical Experience?

The Yearlong Clinical Experience is an intensive and extensive co-teaching yearlong clinical practice in education. Under the guidance of a collaborating teacher and university supervisor and working in a diverse environment that includes students with exceptionalities and English learners, candidates practice professional competencies that impact student achievement. Candidates remain in their clinical field placement for both fall and spring semesters.

During the fall semester, candidates take two methods courses, one for each of their chosen content area concentrations, in which they learn to use their knowledge of young adolescent learners to plan and implement effective instructional and assessment strategies in the middle school setting. Please refer to the current KSU Undergraduate Catalog for a complete listing of the Program of Study, including the specific coursework required for each teaching field concentration.

Applying for Yearlong Clinical Experience

The Yearlong Clinical Experience always begins in the fall semester. Therefore, candidates may only apply for the Yearlong Clinical Experience in the previous spring semester. Candidates should contact their advisor in Education Student Services before they plan to register for Yearlong Clinical Experience I for information on applications and deadlines.

Admission to Yearlong Clinical Experience

Candidates must have a 2.75 GPA by the semester in which they want enter the Yearlong Clinical Experience I. This GPA must be maintained to progress to Yearlong Clinical Experience II. Pre-requisites for admission to Yearlong Clinical Experience I are admission to the Teacher Education program and possession of a pre-service certification.


All placements are arranged through a collaboration with Office of Clinical Experiences, Placements and Partnerships (CEPP) and the Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education. Candidate negotiation of placements is strictly prohibited. The Middle Grades Clinical Experience Supervisor will notify candidates of their school placements at the beginning of the semester.

Yearlong Clinical Experience