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Field Experience

Field Experience


Field and Clinical Partnerships and Outreach

The Office of Field and Clinical Partnerships and Outreach is a multifaceted and dynamic unit within the College of Education. From orientation to graduation and initial licensure, the office plays an integral role in candidates' time at Clemson.  Field and clinical experiences are interwoven into almost all College of Education programs. The Office of Field and Clinical Partnerships and Outreach works closely with program areas to coordinate a range of diverse experiences designed to prepare candidates for successful completion of their student teaching experience throughout their program and to have immediate impact in the PK-12 classroom. To learn more about field experiences, contact us.

Field Experiences

The Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development uses research-based best practice and immersive experiences to prepare competent professionals to advocate for improved circumstances for the populations they serve. With nationally ranked programs and a faculty focused on the student experience, the department is recognized for its scholarly productivity and its ability to prepare students to obtain jobs and make an immediate impact. Learn more about Educational and Organizational Leadership Development programs and immersive experiences.

The Department of Education and Human Development is a state and national leader in addressing issues within schools and communities, offering programs in clinical mental health counseling, learning sciences, literacy, school counseling and special education. To learn more about these programs and their immersive experiences, click the links below.

M.Ed./Ed.S. Counselor Education

Our graduate programs at Clemson University build on the rich experiences and expertise of faculty and students to provide an educational environment in which both groups share in research, exploration, and inquiry. The result of this synergy is impact – on our community and beyond. Learn more about Student Affairs courses with field experiences.

Meaningful and quality field and clinical practice experiences are essential to candidate preparation. The College of Education is committed to providing a range of diverse field and clinical experiences appropriate for the discipline in which candidates graduate prepared for careers in teaching. The Office of Field and Clinical Experiences and Outreach coordinates placements for candidates in our initial teacher preparation (undergraduate and graduate) programs.

All candidates must complete the State Department of Education online application for a South Carolina Teaching Certificate and schedule an appointment for electronic fingerprinting prior to student teaching. Additionally, South Carolina State Law specifies that before beginning the full-time clinical teaching experience (student teaching), a teacher education candidate must undergo a state criminal records check by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and a national criminal records check but the FBI. The online Teaching Certificate application (to include submission of a copy of your social security card), your electronic fingerprints, and your official Clemson transcript must also be received by the South Carolina State Department of Education on or before June 15th. 

For current student teaching documents, forms, and resources for all teacher education programsClick here.


Clemson students or transfer students considering a change of major into one of the Teacher Preparation programs should contact the College of Education academic advisor, Jamie Garland (864-656-5495) or Staci Koonce (864-656-0491).