Office of Student Services and Advising

Clinical Experiences

At The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), clinical experiences, including both early field experiences and student teaching, are a critical part of professional preparation programs. While the structure and location of field experiences vary across the many UNCG programs, they are designed and implemented in collaboration with district/agency partners. In the Office of Student Services (OSS), the SOE Placement Coordinator serves as a liaison between the university and all school districts, schools and agencies where placements are made.

Types of Clinical Experiences

  1. Field Experience Observations
    • Initial field experiences
    • May take place prior to admission to Teacher Education
  2. Field-Based Projects
    • Specific assignment in a professional education course that requires some kind of work directly with students
    • Do not require semester-long field experience on a set schedule
  3. Internships
    • More extensive field experiences involving participation in teaching
    • Usually scheduled at least a couple times a week throughout the semester
  4. Student Teaching
    • Final semester of Teacher Preparation Program
    • Full-time teaching experience in a school with a Cooperating Teacher
  5. Practicum
    • Any field experience at the graduate level may be referred to as a practicum
    • May occur in one’s place of employment, if already licensed

Placement Procedures

  1. The Placement Coordinator in the School of Education will secure all placements for clinical experiences
    • Program Coordinators work with the Placement Coordinator to decide on placements
    • Students must complete all necessary paperwork for placements and return it to the Placement Coordinator
  2. Criminal Background Check
  3. Professional Liability Insurance

Placement Policies

  1. Admission to Student Teaching
  2. Evaluations during Clinical Experiences
  3. Ethical Behavior
  4. Cooperating Teacher Training
    • Summer Onsite Training
    • Online Training Modules

Additional Information

  1. More information about each topic can be found in the
  2. Placement Coordinator Contact Information
      • Judy Pelance, SOE Placement Coordinator
    SOEB 130 — 336.334.9880