Clinical Practice

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Deeper learning educator preparation programs use and model student-centered pedagogies in courses, as well as provide candidates with opportunities to put them into action in their clinical work, reflect on results, and refine their practice. Extended student teaching or residency placements are carefully selected and designed to allow candidates to learn to teach or lead in settings that emulate the science-based practices they are learning about in their courses. These provide practical models for prospective educators to observe and reflect, to have knowledgeable mentors to provide feedback and coaching, and relate work in schools and classrooms to prospective educators’ coursework.