Clinical Experiences

Center for Educator Preparation

The UNH College of Professional Studies embeds the required clinical hours into the clinical courses. Students complete the required hours for Department of Education certification within these courses. Your coursework and assignments build capacity over time and are hands-on, research based, and directly applicable to the students’ practice.


Creating a Successful Clinical Placement

Read our tips and advice for setting up a successful field placement for your clinical work.

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Clinical A Course Requirements Overview

Find a list of Clinical A courses at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels, including the requirements you’ll complete for each. 

Clinical A course field assignment descriptions and due dates   


Professional Disposition Assessment

“Dispositions” refers to the personal and professional qualities or characteristics that are possessed by an educator, including their commitments, values, and ethics. This template will evaluate candidates on these qualities and provide a score.

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Teacher candidates are observed and scored on items identified according to the level course being taken. Use the following tools to understand and successfully fulfill the requirements.


Clinical Hours

As a teacher candidate, you are required to log clinical hours at your cooperating school. Clinical hours must include the supervision (not necessarily presence) of an experienced, certified professional during which a teacher candidate participates in the instruction and assessment of students. Use the following resources to coordinate and organize your clinical hours.


Reflective Analysis of Student Work (RASW)

The purpose of the RASW is to help you form a “habit of mind” where you are reflecting upon your impact on the student, i.e. are they learning? And if not, how can you address the issues in order to help the student make progress? The following resources will help you record your reflective analysis.



For Supervising Practitioners

A Supervising Practitioner (SP) offers suggestions on the clinical placement of the teacher candidate in a cooperating school. In addition, the SP will: informally observe and provide feedback to the teacher candidate (TC), confer with, mentor and support the candidate throughout their program for an average of 10 hours per course, and offer input on the teacher candidate’s UNH CPS class assignments when solicited by the teacher candidate.

To serve as a supervising practitioner, you must have a minimum of five years teaching experience and hold current certification in the area(s) in which the candidate wishes to become certified. SPs are provided with Professional Development certificates for their time spent working with a teacher candidate each term. 

Here are additional resources to help you support a teacher candidate as a supervising practitioner!


For Cooperating Schools and Programs

Our field-based, job-embedded certification programs allow teacher candidates to become certified while working or volunteering in a school. Read our overview for schools and programs to better understand how our program is structured, the responsibilities of our candidates, and how they will be observed and evaluated in your organization.

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