Professional experience

Student engaging in a local classroom

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.

Educational organizations

The Bluffton University ideal of education recognizes the need for developing the whole person -- mind, soul and body. While giving primary emphasis to learning through study and instruction, Bluffton provides a wide variety of activities and organizations designed to develop all aspects of character and personality. Students are encouraged to select carefully among co-curricular activities and to participate in as many as interest and time permit.

Bluffton Education Organization (BEO)
The purpose of the Bluffton Education Organization (BEO) is to develop in prospective educators an understanding of the education profession, to advance the interests and welfare of candidates preparing for a career in education, and to stimulate the higher ideals of professional ethics, standards and attitudes. There are both formal and informal meetings in which members share ideas and concerns. 

Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association Group
Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education was founded in 1910 to honor excellence and foster leadership skills and intellectual values.

Membership is offered to students who are seniors or graduate students and have earned a 3.5 or higher GPA. Membership is also available to teachers and educators who have met national professional standards. Membership in Pi Lambda Theta offers members access to a three-part career service network; scholarships, research support and professional development through national conferences and workshops.