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Spring 2022 Update:

For the Spring 2022 semester, the College of Education has determined that fieldwork for all Clinical I and II initial credential program courses will continue to be conducted through alternative assignments.   During this time of transition and repopulation, students will not be permitted to complete any portion of their clinical practice (fieldwork) hours at a school site.  Instructors for each Clinical I and II course will provide students with alternative clinical practice assignments at the start of the Spring semester.  Few execptions may be based on program requirements.  Any questions regarding clinical practice assignments should be directed to your course instructor.

Spring 2022 Registration and COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Updates:

When attempting to enroll in courses that require Clinical Practice/fieldwork hours, you may receive an error message due to not having proof of COVID-19 vaccination certification on record with the University. Please be aware that our district partners require candidates to submit proof of vaccination to enter their school sites and most do not provide for personal exemptions.  The majority of courses will be continuing with Alternative Clinical Practice for Spring 2022.  However, in Fall 2022 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 into 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 should you have any questions.

Introduction to Clinical Practice

Clinical Practice is fieldwork experiences associated with course work 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 are completing at their school sites. Students are typically working with 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 classroom 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.

SERVE (Service Experiences for Revitalizing Education)

SERVE is an undergraduate requirement which includes courses such as; EDEL 200 and EDEL 300. SERVE Students are required to participate in 40-45 hours of fieldwork.

The SERVE (Service Experiences for ReVitalizing Education) Program creates an opportunity for students at the undergraduate level, in particular for those who are considering careers in K-12 education, to learn about the realities of urban classrooms and the needs of the diverse K-12 student population. SERVE students work with students individually and in small groups to provide academic support and encourage personal growth. It is through this involvement that CSULB students assess their careers goals and provide direct service to students and teachers in grades K-12 and their communities.

Clinical I (Early Fieldwork)

In clinical I fieldwork, students are mainly observing in classrooms and may be working with small groups of students or one on one. The purpose of Clinical I fieldwork is to introduce students to the Education environment by allowing them to experience a classroom setting and observe student learning and interaction.  Clinical I fieldwork sets the foundation for a credential program; however, it also gives students the opportunity to determine if teaching is the right career choice before applying to a credential program. 

Most of the courses in this category require a minimum of 10 hours of fieldwork with the exception of EDSS 300A-S, EDEL 380 and EDSP 454 which require a minimum of 45 hours of fieldwork.

To participate in Clinical I fieldwork, students must obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the CTC and have a valid TB test prior to beginning fieldwork. 

Students choose a fieldwork site from our list of approved districts and then self-place in one of those districts, with the exception of  LBUSD.  Students must complete a placement form for a placement in LBUSD.

Clinical I Courses by Program  

Liberal Studies SSCP MSCP ESCP
EDEL 100 EDSS 300A-S EDEL 380 EDSP 350
EDSP 355A EDSP 355B EDSP 303 EDSP 454
EDSP 350   EDEL 413 ED P 405
EDSP 454   EDEL431  

Single Subject Credentail Program Subject Matter Observation courses include the following courses:  

ART 300, ART 401, ART 415
ENGL 310, ENGL 482
KIN 370, KIN 380, KIN 387, KIN 388, KIN 427, KIN 477, KIN 489A
MTED 411, MUS 382B, MUS 482A, MUS 485

Clinical II (Pre-Student Teaching)

Clinical II courses typically require candidates to work with small groups of students or possibly teach a lesson to a full class. 

Clinical II Courses are:
EDEL 442
EDEL 452
EDEL 462
EDEL 472
EDSE 435
EDSE 436
EDSE 457
EDSS 450 (A, C, D, F, G, M, N, P, S)
EDSP 480
EDSP 534
EDSP 564
EDSP 577
EDSP 578
ED P 560


Clinical III (Student Teaching)

Clinical III is student teaching where the candidate is in the classroom for a full semester working along a mentor teacher.