Clinical Practice

Fall 2022/ Spring 2023 Registration and COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Updates:

In Fall 2022/ Spring 2023, ALL Clinical Practice/Fieldwork is expected to take place in person.  Candidates who are unable to complete fieldwork due to vaccination status may not be able to pass their Clinical Practice courses without access to school sites. 

Please note:  Students will not be permitted to enroll in ANY coursework requiring Clinical Practice/Fieldwork hours for Fall 2022 if COVID-19 vaccination requirements are not met. 

COVID-19 Campus  Closure Clinical Practice Resources

As we continue to navigate what clinical practice will look like in these uncertain times, the Office of Clinical Practice would like to provide the following Video Resource Links to faculty and students.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at CED-OCP@csulb.edu should you have any questions.

Introduction to Clinical Practice

Clinical Practice is fieldwork experiences associated with coursework for credential programs and courses. 

In general, students begin their journey to earning a teaching credential by first applying to the university for a credential program. Once admitted to the university, students enroll in their chosen credential program pre and co-requisite courses. Undergraduate students are also eligible to take pre and co-requisite courses. These courses are considered the Clinical I (Early Fieldwork) portion of the program. In clinical I, students are mainly observing in classrooms and may be working with small groups of students or one on one.

After completing pre-requisite courses, students submit a credential program application and interview with program faculty for admission to a credential program.  Upon acceptance into the program, students enroll in program core/pedagogy courses. This is the Clinical II phase of the program. In clinical II, the courses have specific fieldwork requirements that the students complete at their school sites. Students are typically working in small groups or one on one with students.

Once students complete the Clinical II part of the program, the next step is to submit a student teaching application.  Student teaching is the Clinical III phase of the program. Students spend an entire semester in a classroom working alongside a cooperating teacher. Students are providing whole-class instruction and are supported by a University Supervisor. Supervisors visit students in their classrooms to observe, support, and give feedback.  Upon successful completion of student teaching and other credential requirements, a recommendation is sent by CSULB to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the student to apply for their Preliminary Teaching Credential.

More information about each level of clinical practice can be found below.