Field and Clinical Experiences

As a student in the Hiram College Teacher Education Program, candidates will have many opportunities to visit area schools. These opportunities are a vital part of the preparation because they connect candidates with their goals and help them see the reality of the theories being learned.

Early in the program, these visits will be focused on observation – looking for evidence that demonstrates the practices covered in the introductory education courses. These observational visits are called field experience. As candidates progress through the program, the visits will offer interaction with teachers and the students in their classrooms. Opportunities to be out in area schools, tutoring, assisting, and eventually teaching are called clinical experiences.

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Hiram College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Education Department at Hiram College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Individual licensure programs are approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and nationally recognized by the following Specialized Professional Associations:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)