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Teacher Education Clinical Experiences

Virtually every teacher has one thing in common—an ongoing love for learning that extends far beyond degree requirements. As an education major, you’re required to become active in your program, both inside and outside the classroom. We have many opportunities for you to gain practical, real-world clinical experience and develop the professional skills you’ll need for a successful teaching career, including:

Elementary and Early Childhood Unified (ECU) Internships

The purpose of Internship I, II, and III (Elementary) is to provide an opportunity for initial candidates to obtain experience in the teaching and assessment of social studies, reading and language arts, mathematics, and science. 

The purpose of Internship I, II, and III (ECU) is to provide an opportunity for candidates to obtain experience in the teaching and assessment of art, music, health/P.E., social studies, language development, math and science. 

Pedagogic skills like management of a classroom, making adjustments for individual student needs, utilizing developmentally appropriate practices, and reflecting on performance are enhanced under the supervision of education faculty and quality mentor teachers.

Internship Frequently Asked Questions
Internship Handbook (PDF)
Internship Placement Application

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Rural Teaching Residency

NEWS: Our Teaching Residency was mentioned in a recent Kansas City Star article about building better first-year teachers.

What is it?

The Rural Teaching Residency is an exciting new clinical experience that was piloted in Fall 2014 with a small cohort. Selected candidates who are employed as part-time paraprofessionals or other school personnel in rural districts spend two full years in the field as practitioners, while completing a comprehensive and totally immersed program of teacher education courses delivered 100% online.

The newly designed program is founded upon a clinical rotation of courses in the school setting (based upon the medical model), rotating through specialist experiences in:

  • Special education
  • Classroom management
  • Student assessment
  • Curriculum planning
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Instructional technology
  • Meeting the needs of diverse students
  • and more

Selected candidates move through and complete the program as a team or cohort similar to a professional learning community, collaborating weekly through online meetings in Google Hangout. All internship and student teaching experiences are completed in the candidate's school district of employment, allowing him or her to maintain a paid part-time job throughout.

Current District Partners:

Hays USD 489High Plains Educational CooperativeKaw Valley USD 321Lawrence USD 497
Learning Cooperative of North Central Kansas (LCNCK)Salina USD 305Satanta USD 507
Sedgwick County Area Interlocal CooperativeTwin Valley USD 240

Are you are a district interested in partnering with us to "grow your own" through our residency program? Contact our Coordinator of Clinical Practices.

Why rural?

For rural school districts, there is a need not only for preparing and credentialing new teachers, but also for reforming how those teachers are prepared to meet the challenges facing rural schools. Among those challenges are issues of poverty and geographic isolation where there is a need for teachers with direct experience of the living and teaching conditions in a small remote community. The Rural Teaching Residency prepares candidates to teach multiple subjects, mixed-age classes, and students with special needs or English language learners. The program is designed to improve the preparation of new teachers, to address the needs of rural schools, and to improve the achievement of all students.

How do you apply for the Rural Teaching Residency?

The Rural Teaching Residency is a highly selective program, though anyone who is interested may apply.  If you feel this program is right for you, please contact us and we may invite you to apply to the program!

Residency Course Outline (PDF)
Residency Brochure (PDF)

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Student Teaching

In the last year of their programs, candidates will pair up with seasoned mentors for their student teaching experience. Master teachers are selected by principals and FHSU placement personnel to guide candidates in the final phase of their pre-service experience.

Student Teaching Frequently Asked Questions
Student Teaching Admission Requirements
Student Teaching Handbook (PDF)
Student Teaching Application

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Experiential Learning Credit (ELC)

Experiential Learning Credit (ELC) is college credit awarded for learning that takes place outside the traditional college classroom. The emphasis for credit is on learning and NOT experience. The learning may have been gained through work, training, or licensure experience. The ELC Handbook is designed to assist candidates in determining if they qualify for ELC. The ELC Handbook includes: 

  • All policies
  • Deadlines (submit 1 semester prior to start of internship course -- Sept. 15th and Feb. 15th)
  • The ELC application
  • Required evidence to verify that the objectives have been met, and
  • The rubrics used for evaluation

Experiential Learning Credit Handbook 
Experiential Learning Credit Application  

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