The Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE) is responsible for organizing all student teaching internship placements for teacher candidates in initial teacher certification programs.  The OCE works diligently to foster professional and collaborative partnerships with K-12 schools in order to enhance the teaching profession.  Additionally, the OCE is committed to complying with state requirements to secure field experiences, when applicable, that will lead to the appropriate graduation and/or certification requirements.  Field experiences are primarily secured by School of Education faculty and instructors.

Per the Alabama State Department of Education's Administrative Code, field experiences for Class B and Alternative Class A initial teacher certification programs should:
  1. Facilitate candidates' development as professional educators by providing opportunities for observing in schools and other entities that serve P-12 students, tutoring students, assisting teachers or other school personnel, attending school board meetings, and participating in education-related community events prior to the internship.
  2. Beginning with the first professional course, each candidate shall participate in extended and supervised field experiences with specific purposes and assessment.  At a minimum, each candidate in a Class B or Alternative Class A initial teacher certification program shall have participated in 150 clock hours prior to the internship.  Ninety of these 150 hours shall be in increments of at least three hours each.  The majority of field experiences must occur in P-12 schools.
  3. Field experiences must span all of the grades for which certification is sought.  At least half of the field experiences shall be in the candidate's teaching field.