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Special Education Student

Clinical Experience

Candidates are required to complete a clinical experience at the end of their endorsement program.  Candidates must file an application for student teaching or a practicum with the Office of Clinical Experiences.  Applications must be filed electronically during the month of November for the following Fall Semester and during the month of March for the following Winter Semester.  Questions related to student teaching or practicum experience can be directed to the Office of Clinical Experiences at (989) 964-7109.  (See the SPED Information Sheet for Applying (51kB)‌.)

Please note:  Students who are currently teaching full time in a special education classroom may be eligible to do their student teaching or practicum experience in their own classroom if they meet certain requirements (i.e., must have four students on your caseload whose educational label matches the endorsement that you are seeking, must have the support of your district which is indicated in the letter you provide, must have a mentor who is endorsed in the area you are seeking endorsement.)


Four types (levels) of Special Education Student Teachers

Level 1. TE 460 Traditional (undergraduate - no teaching certificate; prerequisite TE 420 or TEMS 422, 14 weeks) 12 weeks

Level 2. TE 460 Certified teacher, student teaching in someone else's classroom (seeking 1st endorsement) 12 weeks

Level 3. TE 460 Student teaching in own classroom  (seeking 1st endorsement) 12 weeks

Level 4. TE 660 Practicum - usually in own classroom (seeking additional endorsement) 8 weeks


Assessment 7 Project

Assessment 7, Student Assessments and Planning, affords candidates the opportunity to hone their assessment skills as they are required to conduct both formal and informal assessments with a student who is considered to have a disability (CI, LD, ASD, and/or EI). Candidates are first introduced to the assessment process at the beginning of their endorsement special education preparation teacher program.  Emphasis on conducting quality assessments is then carried throughout their courses.  This assessment provides candidates the opportunity to assess a child in the school context, write a report, and orally summarize the report to their mentoring teacher and SVSU supervisor.


Lesson Plans

Lesson plans are to completed by SVSU students in levels 1-4.

Lesson plans are to be made available for supervisors when observing (supervisors may require a specific format be used)

If determined necessary by the supervisor, students will need to revise lesson plans.


Journals are to be completed by SVSU students in levels 1 and 2.

Students are to use minimum competencies as a guide in order to document how these competencies are being put into practice in the classrooms they are in - if the competencies are not met, students are to address how they would do this in their own classroom. Journal entries are to be submitted to the supervisor on a regular basis, at least 1 time a week. The schedule should be arranged between student and supervisor.


Other Information

All student teachers (levels 1-3) receive a pass/fail grade (overall score of 70% or better is considered passing).

Practicum students earn letter grades (criteria for each assignment, except the focus project, is to be determined by supervisor and student).

Grading Scale Guidelines

A = 93% - 100%

A- = 90% - 92%

B+ = 87% - 89%

B = 83% - 86%

B- = 80% - 82%

C+ = 77% - 79%

C = 70% - 76%

D = 66% - 69%

E = Below 66%

*By submitting the application, you give the Office of Clinical Experiences permission to duplicate this form and share the information with the cooperating school district.