The Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE) was established to coordinate the placement of undergraduate students, alternative certification program students, and graduate program students enrolled in educator preparation programs requiring field placements and internships. Major relationships have been established with principals and instructional supervisors in local school systems in the west Alabama area and, to a limited extent, other school systems in Alabama.
To start, please note that the COVID guidelines attendant to your internship are set by your internship site. You must follow the rules laid out by the school site. This is the standard that the Alabama State Department of Education has set for the internship experience. So, if your school goes face-to-face, you do the same; if it goes online, you follow. If it demands a vaccination, you need to comply. If you contract COVID and need to quarantine, or simply fall ill with a different ailment, you will need to make up any time lost during your absence. If your internship is providing classes online, you can make up this time teaching online, if you are feeling up to it, even while you are quarantining. The Alabama State Department of Education, however, will not allow online teaching as a make-up option unless it is the prevailing instructional mode in the school.
Generally speaking, the internship experience commences on the first day of classes at UA and concludes on the last day of classes at UA. If this internship period is interrupted by a quarantining event or any other disruption, you will, as mentioned, work with your supervisor to make up the time. You could make up at least ten days during final exam week, but if you need to make more than ten days, you will likely have to do into the next semester. This means that you will receive a grade of Incomplete until you can find the time to finish the internship obligation.
The edTPA exam
The submission dates for the edTPA are set by the testing company. We have no flexibility with them. Because you will be preparing your materials throughout the semester, you could arguably be ready to submit even before the submission dates. If, however, your materials are not ready because of a COVID-related concern or some other reason, you will need to work with Diane Winchester and Debbie Fly to prepare for the next submission date.
It is important to remember that the graduation date is not the deadline for the posting of your degree. We have time well into January, which will give anyone who needs it an opportunity to complete make-up hours.
COVID and Placements from Tammy Brown
UA Students that receive a confirmed clinical placement through the Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE) in the College of Education should contact Dr. Tammy C. Brown in order to report health issues, UA directives, and positive test results related to COVID-19.
Include placement details, course number, and CWID in the email.
COE clinical experience students should not contact placement site personnel; instead, the OCE will correspond about assigned placements.
UA Students will continue to report as instructed by UA regarding COVID-19 and/or call the COVID-19 hotline to address medical concerns. UA students will still be responsible for contacting UA course instructors if instructed to do so.
If students have questions or need to make a report they must email Dr. Brown. email@example.com
Director: Dr. Tammy Brown
Main Office: 101 Graves
All candidates must meet the following criteria prior to internship:
All candidates completing requirements for Class B certification must meet the following criteria prior to internship:
All candidates completing requirements for Class A certification must meet the following criteria prior to internship: