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Abstract

Field experiences and clinical practice are essential elements in the preparation of teacher candidates. The College of Education (COE) at Columbus State University (CSU) understands the important role these components play in the development of successful teachers. Field experiences and clinical practice must adhere to the guidelines set forth by the governing bodies that accredit educator preparation programs. They must also reflect the philosophy of the individual institution.

Author's Biographies

Cynthia Benator is the Coordinator of Student Teaching in the College of Education at Columbus State University. She holds an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership. She is currently serving as the President of the Georgia Directors of Field Experiences. Her research interests include reading education and success in student teaching.

Dr. Tina Butcher is Chair of the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at Columbus State University. She was recognized as the 1998 Outstanding Early Childhood Educator by the Georgia Association on Young Children. Her research interests include the developmental and educational needs of homeless students, science education and academic advising.

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