FIELD/CLINICAL EXPERIENCES PROGRAM:
The purpose of the field/clinical experiences program is to provide pre-service teacher an opportunity to actively participate in structured field/clinical experiences using an integrated approach. During these experiences, the pre-service teachers are exposed to different teaching methods, strategies, and techniques employed by a diverse population of teachers in diverse school environments. Careful planning, monitoring, and assessing of the pre-service teachers characterize the field-based and clinical experiences. These experiences include activities in area schools as well as at the university.
Field-Based/Clinical Experiences Defined :
The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) definitions are used as guided s to the clinical and field-based experiences in the Professional Education Unit. Florida A&M University has adopted these definitions, and they are presented as follows:
Field-based experiences are activities conducted at a school site, a school administration center, a school clinic, or a community agency. These experiences may include classroom observations, tutoring, assisting school administrators or teachers, participation in school and community-wide activities.
Clinical experiences are those activities that are characterized by carefully planned stipulated goals, required activities, projected performance levels and evaluation of growth. Included are experiences gained from micro teaching clinic, participation experiences, skill clinics, the development of case studies of individual students, curriculum development clinics, and the use of instructional technology and/or computers. These are conducted either as school-based or campus-based experiences.