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.


Steps for a Successful Internship Experience in the COVID Environment  from Dean Peter Hlebowitsh

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.   

Make-up Days   

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.   

Graduation 

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.  tammy.c.brown@ua.edu


Director:  Dr. Tammy Brown

Main Office:  101 Graves

CMT Program 2021-2022

Calendar

Field Expectations

Faculty Field Experiences Requests

Student Field Experiences Forms

Teacher Internship Handbook

All candidates must meet the following criteria prior to internship:

  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • Satisfactory completion of all methods and appropriate professional course work
  • with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Completed all courses in the major or have written permission from advisor and Department Chair to intern (See form CE #148).
  • Removal of all incomplete (“I”) grades in required courses on transcript.
  • Taken and passed all required Praxis content area test. (104 Carmichael must have verification of a passing score.)
  • The Alabama State Department of Education and the College of Education require all students to be fingerprinted prior to internship. • Successful mastery of required standards in all courses completed prior to internship and verification of these standards in Via by Watermark. • Verification of 150 hours of field experience of which 90 hours are in 3 hour increments.

All candidates completing requirements for Class B certification must meet the following criteria prior to internship:

  • Minimum of 2.75 overall GPA on all work attempted at UA and UA plus transfer. Unless program of study specifies otherwise.
  • Minimum of 2.75 overall GPA on all work attempted at UA and UA plus transfer in the teaching field. Unless program of study specifies otherwise.
  • Minimum of 2.75 overall GPA on all work attempted at UA and UA plus transfer in the professional education courses.

All candidates completing requirements for Class A certification must meet the following criteria prior to internship:

  • Alternative Certification students must have been admitted to the graduate school.
  • Alternative Certification students must have completed all undergraduate deficiencies.
  • Alternative Certification students must have a minimum of 2.75 graduate GPA in their teaching field and a minimum of 2.75 GPA in their education courses. • Alternative Certification students must have their 12 hours in their teaching field completed prior to internship.
  • Alternative Certification students must have an overall 3.0 GPA in all graduate
  • work attempted.

Preparing for an Internship

Preparing for an Elementary Field Experience

Clinical Experiences Staff

Dr. Tammy Brown

Director of Field Experiences
tammy.c.brown@ua.edu
205-348-1153

Melinda Alsobrook

C.O.S.T. Support/Field Experience Support
malsobrook@ua.edu
205-348-5086

Amanda Brown

Initial Placements/Financial Support
atbrown6@ua.edu
205-348-5089

Brittney Hyche

Graduate Placements/Graves Building Rep.
blhyche@ua.edu
205-348-5669

Bethany Compton

CrossingPoints Employee
bcompton@ua.edu
205-348-5669