Part III: Evidence for Meeting Each Standard

Standard Three: Field Experiences and Clinical Practice

Element One: Collaborations Between Unit and School Partners

The College of Education and partner school districts share and integrate resources and expertise to support candidates’ learning in their field experiences. Both the COE and school-based faculty are involved in designing, implementing, and evaluating the unit’s conceptual framework and the field experiences; they collaborate routinely on professional development opportunities. The COE and its school district partners jointly determine the specific placements of student teachers and interns for other professional roles.

Collaboration Between School Districts and the College Of Education

Field experiences and clinical practice have been collaboratively designed and implemented by the Unit and school partners to support candidate learning of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Several examples of this shared responsibility for candidate learning include:

UG/MAT
Forest Grove Placements
Eugene Placements
2006 FLEX 06Dec
23
FLEX 06Dec
86
UG 06Dec
8
5th 06Dec
122
2007 FLEX 07Jun
29
UG 07Jun
17
UG 07Jun
11
5th 07Dec
119
5th 07Jun
110
FLEX 07Dec
97
  Total Forest Grove
181
Total Eugene
431
SpEd
Forest Grove Placements
Eugene Placements
2006 SPED 06Aug FG
35
SPED 06Aug EU
22
2007 SPED 07Aug FG
39
SPED 07Aug EU
24
  Total Forest Grove
74
Total Eugene
46

Pacific University holds signed placement contracts with 32 districts in the Forest Grove area, 31 districts in the Eugene area, and a separate contract for Special Education placements with 51 districts. The exact procedure for matching a candidate with a placement varies from district to district. Here are two examples of large district where we place a significant number of candidates:

Beaverton School District
Contacts are first made by the COE Field Placement Coordinator with the Human Resources Office for the district. The packet of materials is sent electronically, and contains the candidate’s application and résumé. The documents are then distributed to principals, who recommend individual teachers for the assignment.

Eugene 4J District
The application and résumé are sent electronically to the building contact – one is designated for each school in the district. The building administrator then contacts teachers they feel would be best suited to mentor the candidate and the decision to accept the placement is made jointly.