Clinical Experience

On the Winona campus, our students have the opportunity to begin clinical experience the first semester of freshmen year; this gives them the chance to explore community, neighborhood and family contexts that impact children and schools.  Students can choose from a variety of experiences including but not limited to mentoring, working with pupils in an afterschool setting, volunteering in educational programming at a local museum, and facilitating pupil learning through an afterschool Science Club.  This emphasis on clinical experience is continued for Teacher Education majors throughout their education at WSU.

On the Rochester campus, our students join WSU-R for their Junior and Senior years.  Some students come to us directly from a community college or other university while others are nontraditional students who are seeking a second career.  The newly redesigned Elementary Education program is 60 credits in length, and the students complete the coursework as a cohort with an emphasis placed on clinical experience throughout the four semesters.  The students spend more than 360 hours in a variety of clinical settings before they student teach.  Content and pedagogy are woven around clinical experiences throughout preparation and coursework.