Clinical Experience Information
At Illinois Wesleyan University, you will be able to observe and work with children
in the very first course you take, Education and Social Justice. This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in classrooms during your
first year in college. By the time you are ready to student teach, you will have spent
at least 100 hours in the classroom. In most cases, you will student teach in the
same school with the same teacher with whom you will have worked during the previous
semester. In addition, all student teaching occurs during the fall semester. This
way, you will start the school year with your cooperating teacher, planning the year
in advance, while getting to know your students as soon as they return from their
Here's what IWU students are saying about their clinical experiences:
"I could not have asked for a better individual to be my cooperating teacher. Also,
the school in which I was placed is nothing short of exceptional."
"My cooperating teacher really pushed me outside my comfort zone but kept me confident
by giving me good feedback."
"Each of my observation conferences were very helpful in giving me guidance and instruction
on how to better myself as a teacher. My supervisor was always professional and provided
positive and constructive feedback. I felt that she really cared about my well-being
and wanted to see me succeed."
Information for Cooperating Teachers, IWU Supervisors, and Educational Studies Students