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Office of Teacher Education

Welcome to the Office of Teacher Education (OTE)!

Becoming a successful teacher requires being given the opportunity to apply learned theories and pedagogy. Field experiences, including practica and student teaching, collectively represent the bridge between the knowledge, skills, and dispositions developed through formal course work in the School of Education (SOE) and the practical application of those professional attributes, skills, and understanding. Our office is committed to ensuring that students in our teacher preparation program have successful, rewarding field experiences that complement their coursework.

The Office of Teacher Education is primarily responsible for facilitating successful partnerships with local school divisions, communicating with the Virginia Department of Education, securing and overseeing our teacher candidates’ primary placements, and assisting teacher candidates in attaining professional licensure. Collaboration with and between faculty, school divisions, cooperating teachers, university supervisors, and student teachers is essential.

Detailed information about our teacher preparation program and field experiences can be found in the 2024-2025 Handbook for Teacher Candidate Clinical Experiences
If you have questions, please contact:

[[adlawrence,April Lawrence]]
Director of Field and Clinical Experiences
Office 3050, School of Education
(757) 221-1450