Checkpoint 4

Checkpoint 4 marks successful completion of all program and licensure requirements.

  • Completion of Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practice/Induction Experience at UTC is a semester-long field-based practicum experience and is an integral component of the teacher education program. It is during this period that the student participates as a pre-professional in the public schools. Essentially, this is the experience which provides the student with the arena for converting theory to practice and demonstrating potential to perform the teaching-learning process. Whenever possible, the candidates are placed in cohort groups of 6-12 student teachers per site. There is no college supervisor; instead, there is a professor-in-residence (PIR). The PIR gives the equivalent of one day per week service to the K-12 school and may be utilized to write grants, do in-service, etc. The PIR acts as a liaison between UTC and the school.

Teacher candidates must successfully complete two assigned placements. One placement is typically in a rural school setting and the other an urban setting. Placements are assigned by the Field Placement Coordinator, Hunter 312. The clinical practice assignment depends on state requirements for the licensure area.

  • 2.75 GPA

All students must have and maintain: 2.75 Cumulative GPA 2.75 UTC GPA (this includes all courses taken at UTC) 2.75 GPA on all professional courses with no grade lower than a C 2.75 GPA in content area courses with no grade lower than a C.

GPA requirement is set by the State of Tennessee Department of Education.

  • Completion of edTPA

Teacher Candidatess (TCs) will complete the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) in accordance with the timeline and protocol provided. Candidates are required to send home a consent form titled, “Notification of Teacher Candidate Assessment” to all P-12 students involved in the learning segment. All consent forms should be kept in the Clinical Teaching notebook. Additional information about the edTPA and consent forms will be addressed in the seminar. Remediation and resubmission will be required should a TC score below the Tennessee state requirement.