What Is Field Residency?


  • The Texas Education Agency “TEA” requires that all certification seeking candidates complete a minimum of 30 hours of field-based experience.
  • Depending on the degree plan, students will complete one or two semesters of Field Residency prior to clinical teaching.
  • Field Residency placements are coordinated by the EPP and local school districts. Candidates will observe the content certified teacher delivering instruction and participate in classroom activities.
  • The candidate and cooperating teacher will work together to create a schedule for observation hours. Typically, candidates spend 2-3 hours/week in the class.
  • In addition to observation hours, the candidates meet with their university supervisors once a month in a classroom environment, complete assignments and study for the required TExES certification exams.

What is Clinical Teaching?

  • Clinical Teaching “CT” is the capstone of the candidates’ education training.
  • The EPP works with local districts to place candidates with an accomplished educator who has a minimum of 3-years teaching experience.
  • Clinical Teaching is a full-time, 16-week commitment. Candidates must adhere to the schedule that the district requires of contracted teachers.
  • Candidates will slowly take over each subject/class period until they are spending the entire day teaching. They will participate in “full-teach” for a minimum of three weeks before slowly returning the subjects/class periods back to the cooperating teacher.
  • Some districts may allow for half-day, full-year clinical teaching, but this must be coordinated with the EPP and the district.

 Field Experience Policies

  • All placements are selected at the sole discretion of the school district and the EPP.  Students are asked to specify two districts to be placed in on their applications.  Students are not allowed to contact the districts regarding placements.  
  • Most districts do not allow candidates to complete field residency/clinical teaching on a campus where they have children, grandchildren, siblings or other close relatives.
  • Students who work in a district may request placement on the campus in which they work, but this must be coordinated with the EPP.
  • All absences and tardies must be documented.  Excessive absences and/or tardies may result in removal from the field experience placement.
  • Candidates should exercise extreme caution regarding interactions with students under their direction.  It is not appropriate to socialize in any way, including on social media, with students within the district to which you have been assigned with the presence of the cooperating teacher.
  • All TAMUSA candidates are expected to abide by the dress code provided by the school district in which they have been placed.
  • Candidates must have the full support and recommendation of both the Cooperating Teacher and the Field Supervisor to successfully complete field residency/clinical teaching.
  • Due to liability issues, incompletes will not be issued for field residency. 
  • All districts require students to complete a criminal background prior to receiving a field experience placement. 
  • **Please note TEA TAC §227.101(c), "A person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a State Board for Educator Certification-approved educator preparation program or planning to take a certification examination may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person's potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense."

  • Teacher Residency Program

  • There are several opportunities for candidates to participate in a full-year, paid clinical teaching experience.  Please click here for more information!