Clinical Model Partnerships

The Clinical Model of Teacher Preparation

The clinical model of teacher preparation at the CEHD follows the medical clinical model for the preparation of doctors. The clinical model for educators development takes place within schools, as doctors are prepared in teaching hospitals. This program matches teacher candidates with experienced teachers (cooperating teachers in the schools and our University supervisors) in our partner schools. Through the utilization of co-teaching strategies, they collaborate on diagnosing learning issues; designing treatment plans, and engage in using continuous assessment to determine how the treatment plan is working. The intensive program emphasizes content literacy, critical thinking, problem solving skills and content-specific lessons. All cooperating teachers, university supervisors, and teacher candidates have completed the St. Cloud Model of Co-teaching.

Clinical Model Partnerships


Funds from the Mark K. Oxley Foundation helped establish the first CEHD clinical model site at J.B. Atkinson Academy. In this model, CEHD faculty members teach content methods courses on-site in a designated University of Louisville classroom. They assist with K-12 teacher professional development at the school and collaborate with the teachers in preparing for CEHD teacher candidates' experiences in their classrooms.

The Oxley Foundation funds support the expansion of the clinical model to Cochran Elementary School during the 2015-16 school year and will continue to support the clinical model at J.B. Atkinson Academy. Efforts are underway to begin a clinical model at Portland Elementary in the near future.

In 2013, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) awarded to the CEHD a $500,000 grant to launch the clinical model at Westport Middle School. Funds from the CPE grant supported summer programs for the students, and funding for this model will continue through the 2016-17 school year.

Prior to the start of the 2015-16 school year, UofL was awarded an additional grant from the CPE, which will be used to build a clinical model at the high school level. The leadership in Jefferson County Public Schools requested that the CEHD locate this model in Seneca High School. CEHD faculty will continue to develop and refine the model during the 2015-16 school year.