Published on: July 14, 2010Clinical Teaching is a new student teaching route for becoming a teacher thatís now available to those accepted in the Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP) at Lone Star College-CyFair.
This new option provides students training and field-based experience at the appropriate grade level or content area. The clinical teacher works alongside a mentor classroom teacher while becoming more oriented to the public school, students and classroom before finally assuming the full teaching responsibilities for the teacher. In addition, a college supervisor visits the classroom a minimum of four times to provide support and for evaluation purposes.
This student teaching route is a 12-week, non-paid commitment in the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District that can lead to a recommendation for a Standard Certification at completion. In conjunction with one full semester of program coursework during this placement, clinical teachers also attend pre-service, in-service and post-service coursework/training.
Among the pre-requisites for the Clinical Teaching option are a passing score on the TExES Content Exam as well as satisfactory completion of the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities course, the 30 field-based observation hours and reflections, Creating Successful Classrooms and /or Components of Special Education or EC-6/4-8 Generalist.
The Clinical Teaching application deadline is Oct. 15. For information, attend one of the monthly information sessions (the next session is Aug. 10), contact the ATCP office at 281.290.3957 or go online to LoneStar.edu/cyfair-atcp.