Clinical Practice Requirements
While courses, practica and other clinical experiences contribute essential opportunities and knowledge to the prospective teacher, clinical practice is the time for experiencing the exciting and rewarding aspects of actual classroom teaching. For the prospective teacher, the clinical experience is, in all probability, the single most important experience in the professional education component.
A semester of clinical practice with a minimum of sixty full days is required for all candidates who intend to be certified as a teacher. Candidates are placed in selected public schools under the joint supervision of experienced classroom teachers and clinical faculty members. The success of clinical practice as a period of professional growth and an induction into teaching is dependent largely upon the candidate's commitment, skills, and cooperation, as well as the support and guidance offered by the cooperating teacher, other school staff members, and clinical supervisor.
The Clinical Practice experience requires a large time commitment, and it is recommended that plans be made which allow the candidate the opportunity to fulfill this commitment. Many times evenings will be used for attendance at school functions or to prepare lesson plans, grade papers, and make instructional materials.
It is important that the candidate recognize both the opportunities and responsibilities involved in the Clinical Practice experience. All of these are outlined specifically in the Charleston Southern University Guidelines for Clinical Practice.
Candidates that expect to do their Clinical Practice during the Spring Semester must submit applications by March 15th of the prior year. Candidates that expect to do their Clinical Practice during the Fall Semester must submit applications by October 15th of the prior year.
To be eligible for clinical practice a candidate must adhere to the following criteria:
Benchmark 3: Admission to Clinical Practice
1. Complete application for Clinical Practice
2. Obtain FBI/SLED clearance prior to Clinical Practice
3. Pass PRAXIS II: Subject Assessments/Speciality Area Tests and Principles of Learning prior to Clinical Practice
4. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and for Secondary/PK-12 programs a GPA of 2.5 in Specialized Studies
5. Approval by the Teacher Education Committee
6. Obtain formal admission to Clinical Practice
REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS (PRAXIS II)
In addition to the completion of specified scholastic requirements, an individual applying for teacher licensure must present the minimum required score on the appropriate examination(s) as established by the South Carolina State Board of Education.
A summary of test information is available through the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The ETS site also has specific information on each test, sample test questions and registration information.
Consult the test requirements listed below to determine the test requirements for
South Carolina:SC Test Requirements
Benchmark 4: Program Completion
1. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and for Secondary/PK-12 programs a GPA of
25 in Specialized Studies
2. Demonstrate at least 80% competency in each domain of the final ADEPT
with no “Needs Improvement” in Clinical Practice
3. Complete degree requirements for University
Candidates will be recommended for a teaching certificate only if they have met all requirements previously outlined in their official programs of study and passed the required licensing examinations. It takes approximately eight weeks for the teaching license to be processed.
Completion of an approved program and passing the required licensing examinations does not automatically ensure recommendation for certification by the Dean of Education. Although completion of an approved program of studies will usually result in recommendation, it may in fact be withheld as a result of failure to satisfactorily complete requirements and activities described by the faculty, unsatisfactory performance during clinical experience, or the candidate’s failure to change behaviors, which are considered to be impediments to successful teaching.
For candidates seeking certification in states other than South Carolina, it is strongly recommended that they obtain a South Carolina teaching certificate first. Many states have reciprocal agreements with South Carolina that allow individuals who hold a South Carolina teaching certificate to receive initial certification in those states.
The following states are a few of the state that have reciprocal agreements with South Carolina that allows individuals who hold a South Carolina teaching license to receive initial certification. Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia.
For a complete list refer to the following website.