Effective educator preparation involves both coursework and clinical experience, which provides not only on-the-job training, but also opportunities for mentorship and real-time feedback. This Policy Brief outlines common types of clinical experience in both traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs. It also points to research that highlights the role that clinical experience plays in retaining teachers and diversifying the workforce. To support high-quality clinical experience that addresses your state’s labor market needs, refer to the seven policy considerations at the end of the report. Each is accompanied by current examples in 10 states. 

For a state-by-state breakdown of policies pertaining to teacher recruitment and retention, see this 50-State Comparison

We have may more resources that highlight state strategies and policies for developing and maintaining a high-quality, effective teaching workforce. Find them here

 PUBLISHED: August 12, 2021

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