Identification of Objectives and Activities
Field experience and internship objectives are determined through specific courses that are consistent with the ALSDE, NCATE, the intention of the program, and the candidate’s interests and capabilities.
As candidates proceed through their programs of study, they assume more responsibility for their educational experiences. Increased clinical field experiences represent a significant part of this responsibility. Candidates also have specific responsibilities related to the administrative placement procedures associated with the determination of these field experiences. Progressing from undergraduate observations through student teaching and graduate practicums and internships in educational leadership and counseling education, candidates must assume increasing responsibilities as appropriate for the program and graduate status.
Cooperating Institution (Administration)
In most cases, the cooperating institution represents a public school. As outlined in the memorandum of agreement, the building level administrator will model multiple leadership roles of effective instructional leadership, identify exemplary cooperating teachers, help the candidates understand the organization of the school, and provide a general level of support to the candidates.
Each candidate is assigned a clinical supervisor from the College of Education. You will meet your clinical supervisor at the beginning of the semester. The supervisor will assist, guide, and direct you throughout the field experience. You should discuss questions, concerns, and seek guidance regarding field experience issues with your university supervisor.
The supervisor works in conjunction with the cooperating teacher to determine activities that are consistent with the objectives and are feasible at the selected internship site. In addition, the supervisor indicates support of objectives and activities with signature on Memorandum of Agreement
The supervisor visits each intern on a regular basis. The supervisor provides indirect supervision by reviewing progress reports that are submitted by the intern, serves as contact person when cooperating institution finds it desirable to discuss aspects of interns program, and conducts on- site visit and evaluation of candidate’s performance.
The supervisor engages in mentoring of candidates while also serving as the liaison between the university and internship location. The clinical supervisor is seen as a critical member of the candidate’s mentoring team.
Candidates are assigned to work under the direction of one or more cooperating teachers for their classroom experience. The Office of Field Services works to make sure that school administrators recommend cooperating teachers, district approved, and meet the requirements set forth by the State Department of Education.
Generally, the cooperating teacher(s) will:
Grant approval of objectives and activities - Signature on Memorandum of Agreement signifies that stated objectives can be achieved and stated activities are feasible at the proposed work site.
Provide professional educational experience - Provide the opportunity for a candidate to receive a professional educational experience, including providing in-depth guidance and feedback.
Evaluate - Assist the University Clinical Supervisor in the final evaluation of the candidate’s performance. Takes under advisement suggestions made by intern in final evaluative report as to how future internships at the site could be improved.
As the candidates matriculate through the program, it is important for the mentor(s) to offer suggestions and feedback, while scaffolding the responsibilities of the candidate. Each candidate will have specific field requirements through their coursework, and the mentor is needed to help the candidate be successful with meeting the standards.
Evaluation of Clinical Field Experiences
Program faculty and clinical supervisors will determine the appropriate types of evaluations needed for the varying placement types at various points in a candidates program. These expectations and evaluations will be communicated through course syllabi. At a minimum, evaluations will be conducted by both the cooperating teacher and supervisor. Evaluations may include lesson evaluation, overview of the semester evaluations, and dispositional evaluations. Because the field component is the most individualized component of a students program of study, the number of evaluations and method of evaluation may vary by student and program.
As challenges arise in field experiences, the clinical supervisor will work with the candidate and cooperating teacher(s) in effort to resolve the problem. The Director of Field Services will become if the problem cannot be resolved as stated.
Candidates who are asked to leave a school, violate the Alabama Educator Code of Ethics, demonstrate instructional incompetence and/or exhibit unprofessional behavior (this may include being excessively absent or tardy) may be removed from the assigned school and may not receive another placement in the same semester. The clinical supervisor, program faculty, and appropriate administration will determine further course of action.