Office of Student Success

Placements & Clinical Experiences

At UNC Greensboro, 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 UNC Greensboro programs, they are designed and implemented in collaboration with district/agency partners. In the Office of Student Success (OSS), the SOE Placement Coordinator serves as a liaison between the university and all school districts, schools and agencies where placements are made.

Field Experience Observations

  • Initial field experiences
  • May take place prior to admission to Teacher Education

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


  • More extensive field experiences involving participation in teaching
  • Usually scheduled at least a couple times a week throughout the semester

Student Teaching

  • Final semester of Teacher Preparation Program
  • Full-time teaching experience in a school with a Cooperating Teacher


  • 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

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

Criminal Background Check

Professional Liability Insurance

Admission to Student Teaching

Evaluations during Clinical Experiences

Ethical Behavior

Cooperating Teacher Training

  • Summer Onsite Training
  • Online Training Modules

Additional Resources

More information about each topic can be found in the resources below:

Placement Coordinator Contact Information

Judy Pelance, SOE Placement Coordinator
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