Office of Educator Development and Clinical Practice

Since its establishment in 2006, OEDCP has played an integral role in supporting the mission of the Nystrand Center.

The OEDCP collaborates with district/school partners and community organizations for the placement of candidates in all phases of the Developmental Model throughout the unit (e.g., early professional experiences, content methods, clinical/student teaching, special education and early childhood practicum, Arts and Science scholars, and Advanced Programs. Field and clinical experiences represent a variety of early and ongoing school-based and community-based opportunities, in which candidates work in classroom settings to assist, tutor, instruct, conduct applied research, reflect and analyze under the direction of a certified teacher. The OEDCP makes approximately 1,400 placements each semester.

Instructors, university supervisors, P-12 teachers, administrators and/or directors at the placement sites provide support for candidates. The OEDCP works closely with all stakeholders and coordinates the efforts of the university supervisors, a critical component to the success of the program. University supervisors are faculty and individuals hired for their expertise and professional experience in school settings at the levels they supervise.

Professional development and orientations are offered to all cooperating teachers, university supervisors and teacher candidates to ensure a successful professional student teaching semester. Seven sessions were held in 2014 to allow for networking, to review co-teaching strategies, and to discuss changes to and understanding of assessment documents.

A key responsibility of the OEDCP is the collection and reporting of data in compliance with state regulation. This includes the oversight of the electronic submission of all field hours and mandated state activities through the Kentucky Field Experience Tracking System (KFETS) and the CEHD Field Experience Record in LiveText. These electronic systems ensure our candidates have experiences with diverse student populations and meet regulatory guidelines for field experiences. Collaborations with faculty across departments and district partners includes evaluation of field and clinical expectations, required assessments and governing policies.

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