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Field Experience Handbook Initial Licensure

This Field Experience Handbook addresses both WGU teacher candidates pursuing initial licensure and the clinical supervisors and host teachers who are so vital to candidate success during preclinical experiences (PCE) and demonstration teaching (DT) (WGU’s terms for clinical practice or student teaching).


The purpose of this handbook is to provide information to the initial licensure candidate, clinical supervisor, and host teacher regarding WGU's field experience processes, procedures, policies, requirements, roles, and responsibilities. 


Chapter 1:  Introduction 

Teachers College Tenets

Proficiencies, Ethics, Dispositions and Professional Practice

Program Gateways: Formalized Review Points of Student Progress

Overview of Field Experiences at WGU

Minimum Age Requirement to Participate in PCE or DT

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 

Field Experience Support System and Contact Information


Chapter 2:  Preclinical Experiences (PCE)

PCE Introduction

Application Requirements for PCE

Getting Started: Intro to Field Experiences & PCE Packet

PCE Placement Guidelines and Requirements

General Background Clearance Information

School District Background Clearance

Praxis or State Required Basic Skills Exam

Basic Skills Exam Preparation Assistance

Professional Resume & WGU Career Services Department

WGU Identification Card for PCE & Demonstration Teaching

Professional Educators Liability Insurance

FERPA Form for Teachers College Field Experiences

Relatives in School District

Professional Behavior Expectations

Completion of the PCE Phase of the Field Experiences Application

PCE Observation Guide, Log, and Evaluation


Chapter 3: Demonstration Teaching (DT)

DT Introduction

Pacing Guides:  Preparing for Demonstration Teaching

Application Requirements for DT: Provisional Acceptance

Application Requirements for DT: Full Acceptance

Manual Application to DT for Withdrawn and Dropped Students

Late Entry Appeals for DT Cohort Admission After the Application Window Closes

Philosophy of Teaching Statement or Writing Sample for DT Placement

Mentor Evaluation of Professional Behaviors & Dispositions

Failure to Meet Requirements for Provisional and/or Full Acceptance

Sample Teacher Job Description

DT Placement Guidelines and Restrictions

DT Cohort Start Date & Term Alignment

Host District & School Selection for Placement

Cohort Application Limits

DT Scholarships

Liability Insurance Form

State Certification Exam Requirements, General Policies

Content Exam Preparation Assistance

Pacing Guides: During Demonstration Teaching

Observations, Midterm, & Final Evaluation

Posting of Grades

Employment During DT

Substitute Teaching During DT

Licensure & Certification

Licensing Options for Overseas Students

Teacher of Record (TOR)


Chapter 4: Teacher Performance Assessments (TPA)

TPA Introduction

TPA Completion Deadline, Revision Policy, & Resources

TPA Fees


Chapter 5: Cohort Seminar

Cohort Seminar Introduction

Cohort Seminar Attendance Policy

Cohort Seminar Completion Policy


Chapter 6:  Teacher Candidate Responsibilities

Teacher Candidate Responsibilities During DT

Adherence to School Calendar

Adherence to School Rules and Policies

Meeting Host Teacher Expectations

Meeting Clinical Supervisor Expectations

Lesson Plans

Culturally Competent Practitioner Standard

Absentee or Work Stoppage Policy

Teachers College Code of Ethics, Professional Behaviors & Dispositions (The Code)

Failure to Follow Standards of Professionalism


Chapter 7: Failure or Termination of Demonstration Teaching 

Behaviors That Can Result in Termination of Placement

Removal or Withdrawal from a DT Cohort

Removal from a Cohort: After Intervention

Removal from a Cohort: Administrative Withdrawal

Self-Withdrawal: Not Approved

Self-Withdrawal: Approved

Appeal to Repeat DT After Failing

Appeal to Repeat DT After an Approved Withdrawal 

Chapter 8:  Clinical Supervisor (CS) Information

CS Supervisor Qualifications

CS Supervisor Responsibilities

CS Introductory First Meeting

CS Working with Lesson Plans

CS Required Orientation

CS Pre-Observation & Scheduled Observations

CS Optional Unannounced Observation

CS Midterm & Final Evaluation

Pacing Guides: In-Class Demonstration Teaching

CS Performance Concerns & Intervention Plans

CS Help Information


Chapter 9:  Host Teacher (HT) Information

HT Qualifications

HT Responsibilities

HT Working with Lesson Plans

HT Presence in the Classroom

Pacing Guides: In-Class Demonstration Teaching

HT Training & Support Site and Professional Development Hours

HT Midterm and Final Evaluations

HT Optional Unannounced Visit by Clinical Supervisor

HT Performance Concerns and Intervention Plans

HT Help Information


Ethics, Professional Behaviors & Dispositions

Mentor Evaluation of Professional Behaviors and Dispositions
Teachers College Code of Ethics, Professional Behaviors and Dispositions

Teacher Success Sites

edTPA Site
Preclinical Experiences Orientation (PCE Packet Available on this Site)




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