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James and Susan Rex Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnership

Field and Internship Placements

Initial teacher education certification programs at Winthrop University are designed as clinically-based models with the philosophy that highly effective teachers are developed through diverse field experiences around which content is applied.

Throughout your time at Winthrop, you will have multiple opportunities to work with students, teachers, and administrators in our Partnership Network and beyond. These schools are committed to the shared responsibility of supporting pre-service teacher candidates and often use the hosting of Winthrop students to hire new educators for their school!

Early clinical placements include a focus on individual learners – understanding their development process as well as diversities that make each learner unique. A more intense field experience follows that allow candidates to integrate their knowledge of adult learners with implementing content and maintaining a positive classroom climate. Finally, the work of a Winthrop University teacher candidate is culminated by a year-long internship. While many candidates remain in the same placement for the internship, the critical piece to this experience is the calendar. Candidates begin the internship with teacher workdays – participating in all of the pre-opening activities such as setting up a classroom, conducting an open house, and preparing for a new group of learners. In addition, candidates engage in professional development with their mentor teachers and are there on day one when students arrive! Teacher candidates follow the school district calendar until graduation including time at their placement school leading to winter break and returning in early January.

The year-long internship and extensive field and clinical placements are what past candidates claim contributed the most to their success as a teacher. Although rigorous and time-consuming, spending time in schools with students is critical to developing the skill and disposition to being a highly effective educator.

For information about specific programs, please visit the College of Education then click “Degree Programs” on the left. An overview of common curriculum experiences can be found by visiting the Education Core.


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