Field Experience and Clinical Practice
Sometimes called "student teaching," clinical practice takes place in your senior year. During clinical practice you work independently in a classroom under the guidance of a mentor or cooperating teacher. However, Bluffton is different in that you get hands-on experience (also called field experience) in a classroom beginning in your first year in the education program.
In early field experience you will observe and assist teachers in classrooms in order to explore various age levels and subject areas. In a second phase, you will start to use the skills that are being developed as you teach short lessons and help with more classrooms duties in preparation for clinical practice.