The Office of Education Outreach fosters collaboration with area school districts, universities, public agencies, and the community. The Director of Education Outreach is the point of contact for school district communications and oversees clinical placements, ensuring compliance with university and agency regulations.

Our School Partners

The links below will provide you with additional information about our area partner schools.

Early Clinical Experiences

Students enrolled in teacher education courses have the opportunity to work closely with the local schools and community agencies through a variety of partnerships. Candidates in the teacher education program participate in a variety of clinical experiences in diverse school settings. Early clinical experiences may include tutoring, observing, classroom assistance, small group instruction and, informal assessment, allowing candidate to continually connect their learning to what is experienced in the classroom. School-based clinical experiences for Elon teacher candidates begin in EDU 211: School and Society or for students planning to teach high school, SOC 243: Sociology of Education. Clinical experiences continue throughout a candidate’s participation in EDU and other teacher licensure courses. Learn more about the Expectations of teacher candidates in the Early Clinical Experiences Handbook.

Student Teaching

The culminating clinical experience for licensure candidates is a full semester of student teaching. The Student Teaching Handbook outlines expectations for student teachers, their university supervisors, and clinical teachers.

Assessment of Teacher Candidates

Formative assessments are completed on teacher candidates during each of their clinical experiences by both university supervisors and clinical teachers.

Teacher candidates must meet expectations on professional dispositions in all clinical experiences. The North Carolina Educator Evaluation System (NCEES) is used to evaluate the teacher candidate at the mid-point and end of their student teaching semester. The Certification of Teaching Capacity is used to evaluate the teacher candidate at the end of their student teaching semester. Teacher candidates are required to complete an edTPA portfolio during their student teaching semester.

For more information about educational partnerships, early clinical experiences and/or student teaching, please contact Lesley Henry, Director of Education Outreach at lhenry7@elon.edu or at 336-278-5861.