Preparing for Clinical Application
When gathering documentation for clinical application, students must begin their preparation by doing the following:
- Visit with your SOE advisor every semester.
- Visit with your program coordinator every semester.
- Complete all your CORE courses and all other course work not listed under clinical courses.
- Maintain a minimum of a 2.75 GPA.
- EDUC 3320 must be successfully completed during the first semester as a TE student. This course is a pre-requisite to many of your other education courses, and will not be waived for continuation in the program.
- Begin taking representative exams while enrolled in their first semester as an accepted Teacher Education student.
- Representative exams may be taken at any of the approved vendors listed below. All representative exams for your certification must be successfully completed with 85% passing rate, prior to seeking approval for real exams.
- NOTE: You have a limit of 15 days after you pass the representative exam to seek approval for real exam AND register to take exam. Waiting will require you to retake the representative exam and seek approval again.
- All candidates scoring below a cumulative score of 85% will need to submit a study plan addressing areas of weakness identified on the certification exams. (multi-subject or single-subject)
- Results of all exams, along with required study plans should be submitted to the Office of Clinical and Field Experience at SOEClinical.Field@untdallas.edu, UNLESS you are submitting an application for clinicals, which should then be submitted as attachments on TK20.
- All state certification exams must be successfully completed prior to being admitted to clinical semesters.
Applying to Clinical Teaching
When students have come to the point in their program when they are ready to apply for Clinical Teaching, they will complete an application in TK20. Please read below to review criteria for Clinical I and Clinical II. Visit the TK20 page
Clinical I: Methods
The Clinical I: Methods semester occurs when students enroll in Methods coursework. During this semester, students spend one day a week (1 full, 8 hour day or 2 half, four hour days) at an assigned placement school to complete field experience observations (the first five weeks of placement) and begin co-teaching models including: 1 teach, 1 observe; 1 teach-1 assist; and parallel teaching (during the final eight weeks of placement). View the Clinical Teaching Handbook below for more information about field based expectations.
Students applying to Clinical I: Methods, must meet the following criteria:
- Prior admission to Teacher Education Program and current BS, Interdisciplinary Studies major
- Minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA for CORE, MAJOR, and OVERALL.
- Complete Checkpoint I (during EDUC 3320) and completion of course with a minimum grade of B (Incomplete nor IN PROGRESS course will not be accepted)
- Successfully completed all CORE coursework (all 1000 and 2000 level courses)
- Successfully complete all Teacher Education required courses prior to Clinical I enrollment,
except those listed in your certification pathway as CLINICAL COURSES below).
- Bilingual: Must have a minimum grade of B in EDBE 3470/3480.
- LOTE: Completed a minimum of 24 upper division Spanish courses (SPAN 3000 or 4000) with a minimum if a 3.0 GPA
- Complete the Clinical I application in TK20 by the assigned deadline prior to the semester of entrance
- Demonstrate evidence of successful completion of ALL certification exams within your selected certification pathway (see below).
Results of all exam completed should be submitted to the Office of Clinical and Field Experience at SOEClinical.Field@untdallas.edu, unless you are submitting an application for clinicals, which should then be submitted as attachments on TK20.
Certification exams required by certification pathways include:
- EC-6/ESL: EC-6, PPR, STR, ESL Supplemental
- EC-6/SpEd: EC-6. PPR, STR, SpEd EC-12
- EC-6 Bilingual: EC-6, PPR, STR, Bilingual Supplemental, BTLPT
- 4-8 Math: 4-8 Math, PPR, ESL Supplemental
- 4-8 SS: 4-8 SS, PPR, ESL Supplemental
- 4-8 Science: 4-8 Science, PPR, ESL Supplemental
- 4-8 ELAR: 4-8 ELAR, PPR, STR, ESL Supplemental
- 7-12 Math: 7-12 Math, ESL Supplemental, PPR
- 7-12 Life Science: 7-12 Life Science, PPR
- EC-12 LOTE: Spanish: LOTE - Spanish, PPR
Clinical II: Student Teaching
The Clinical II: Student Teaching semester occurs when students enroll in their final course (six credit hours) and spend full days (at least 7 hours) over 14 full weeks in an assigned clinical placement with a supervisor. During this time, students work with the mentor teacher under six different co-teaching models, complete at least 4 formal observation cycles with pre-conferences and post-conferences, and utilize video to reflect on their practice.
Students applying to Clinical II: Student Teaching, must meet the following criteria:
- Current enrollment in Clinical 1: Methods courses, with a minimum of 6 credit hours residency at UNT Dallas and current major, BS, Interdisciplinary Studies
- No evidence of failed, dropped, OR Incomplete courses during Clinical 1
- A minimum 2.75 GPA for CORE, MAJOR, and OVERALL.
- Completion of all coursework except EDUC 4200 Student Teaching
- Successful completion of Checkpoint II (during Clinical I) with a minimum grade of B
- Complete the Clinical II application in TK20 by the assigned deadline prior to the semester of entrance.
- Successful completion of all certification exams required by student’s certification pathway.
**UNT Dallas requires a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA to qualify for graduation.
Clinical Admissions Review and Appeals Process
The application for Clinical I & Clinical Internship II is online via TK20 and submitted at the midpoint of the semester prior to entrance. Announcements about the application link and application deadlines will be posted on campus, posted on the website and announced through courses.
Clinical applications are submitted to the UNT Dallas SOE Clinical Admissions Committee for review and approval. Students may appeal a committee’s decision only once by submitting a letter of appeal to Clinical Admissions Committee chairperson within seven days from the date of denial letter. Student appeal does not guarantee a reversal in decision. Your letter of appeal should be addressed Clinical Admissions Committee and must include the following information: Student name and ID, reason why you were denied, rationale on why you feel the committee should reconsider, and measures you are taking to remedy situation, if any are needed.
Please email your letter of appeal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: If you have received a Denial Letter due to not fulfilling a contingency letter,
you do not have the option to appeal. You will need to reapply the following semester.
Once admitted to Clinical I & Clinical Internship II students must complete a background check with their corresponding placement school district. Information for background check will be emailed to student.
Change of Major
All students pursuing teacher certification need to be enrolled in Interdisciplinary Studies with initial teacher certification. If a student is seeking a change of major, the student must complete an exit interview by contacting the respective program coordinator to schedule an appointment. Once the student changes majors, he will be longer be considered active in the School of Education and will not be eligible for teacher certification until he is readmitted to the program. Any test approvals granted will be automatically removed.
All Clinical students have access to an IPAD/SWIVL kit to record their teaching and analyze their practice. Learn more and get support.
Clinical Admissions Contact
Dr. Patsy Sosa-Sanchez at email@example.com