Clinical Studies for Education Programs
Out-of-State Placement Information
Students requesting out-of-state clinical placements (practicum and/or student teaching) are advised of the following:
- Students requesting an out-of-state clinical placement must provide the following information along with their applications for clinical placements (by October 1 for spring placements and by March 1 for fall placements)
Following receipt of the information described above, this office will make an official contact with the requested school district or school to inquire about placement possibilities. Students are cautioned to avoid making direct, personal requests for placements. While it is appropriate to seek general information about application procedures, many districts insist that only the colleges make requests for placements, and some will refuse a request if it is made in any other manner. This is to protect schools and districts from hundreds of requests from individual students.
Multiple, non-specific placement requests such as "I want to be placed in any nearby PA school district" "or I would like a placement in my hometown" are not appropriate. This could mean making formal requests for placements in many different schools and districts, and could be very cumbersome, time-consuming, and unfair to other applicants who deserve an equitable share of our placement efforts.
Although we have been successful in arranging clinical placements for some Wilmington University teacher preparation students in other states, we cannot guarantee that special requests for clinical placements in states other than Delaware will be honored. There are many reasons for this, including:
- Complete name and address of requested school district and/or school.
- Complete name, address, title, telephone number, and e-mail address of the school official(s) in charge of coordinating and/or approving clinical placements.
- Information regarding application procedures, forms, or packets (timelines, documents required, test score requirements, TB and medical requirements, etc.).
All Wilmington University teacher preparation programs are approved by the State of Delaware. Because our programs are DE state-approved, program elements must conform to Delaware standards. All Wilmington University teacher preparation program components are based on those standards, regardless of where the clinical placements occur.
Completion of a Wilmington University teacher preparation degree guarantees that graduates will receive a Delaware initial teaching license in specific areas of concentration (0-K, K-4, or 5-8). Although there are certification reciprocity agreements in effect between Delaware and most states, students may still have to meet additional requirements such as course-work in state history, state certification tests, and PRAXIS II tests to qualify for a teaching license in other states. Nearly all states in the Mid-Atlantic region require a series of content-based tests (PRAXIS II) that Delaware does not currently require.
Many teacher candidates are surprised to learn that teaching licenses are not the same from state to state in terms of grade levels and content areas. For example, DE issues a K-4 certificate, but PA issues a Nursery-Grade 6 certificate (N-6). MD has a Nursery-Grade 3 (N-3) and an Elementary Education (Grade 1-6 including Middle School). Understanding, negotiating, and satisfying the certification rules and procedures of different states can be tricky. You should contact the appropriate state board of education if you have questions regarding certification issues in that state. All state teacher certification agencies are listed in the Handbook for Teacher Candidates (available at the Wilmington University bookstore).
- the reluctance of some school districts to accept student teachers from other states and, in some cases, regulations that restrict such placements;
- differing timelines and procedures for placements (some districts require applications one year in advance, some require transcripts and résumés, some require personal interviews, etc.);
- unwillingness of some out-of-state schools to permit student teachers to attend the required seminars that are held weekly at the University, and difficulties students encounter because of travel time and distance related to seminar attendance;
- lack of partnership agreements between the University and out-of-state school districts;
- differing eligibility standards (e.g., background checks, medical exams, PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II test scores, GPA, etc.);
- contractual quotas and partnership arrangements in effect between some out-of-state school districts and other teacher-preparation institutions;
- difficulties in arranging for the level and forms of supervision required by Delaware Program Approval standards;
- out-of-state districts' lack of familiarity with Delaware and Wilmington University programs and requirements (e.g., Wilmington University clinical components that stress placement of student teacher teams with teams of trained mentors, and instructional components based on the Pathwise(tm) Framework for Teaching);
- inability of school mentors from other states to attend training and orientation sessions at Wilmington University; and
- out-of-state school districts' lack of familiarity with Delaware's content and professional teaching standards.
Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.