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7. Observation and Observation Participation Field Placements and Clinical Practice

The introductory course, Foundations of Education has an observation experience that is designed to help students decide if teaching is the right choice for them. All methods of teaching courses have an observation participation requirement that must be met in appropriate, licensed setting. Students are required to have current negative TB test results and a current background verification form in order to request field experience placements.

Students must pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test (or equivalent) and meet the requirements for admission to teacher education before participating in an observation-participation field experience. A provisionally licensed teacher may participate in observation participation if s/he has a letter from the Virginia Department of Education listing the course as a needed requirement and has passing VCLA scores.