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Office of Clinical Experience and Partnerships

What We Do

The Office of Clinical Experience is just one of the many departments throughout UMSL College of Education that helps to prepare students for a successful, meaningful and rewarding career in the field of formal and informal education. As teacher candidates prepare for practicum, we work with partnered Studio Schools to coordinate placements. Together, we provide a quality clinical experience that reaches far beyond the academic curriculum.
The College of Education's comprehensive and rigorous curriculum prepares teacher candidates as "Appropriately Certified" teachers. This process includes intensive coursework from qualified faculty; opportunities to take required Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education assessments; continuous support from Clinical Educators and a year-long practicum experience in a local school or Studio Schools. Practicum incorporates our innovative ResponsiveDesign™ model, our Inquiry Into My Practice (IMP) approach and informative on-campus seminars -- all designed to ensure that each teacher candidate is fully prepared for certification and has a promising future as an effective educator.
Senior Director
Stephanie Koscielski
(314) 516-6741

Assistants to the Senior Director
Christine Sykora
Student Support Specialist
sykorac@umsl.edu
(314) 516-4511
Kate Herring-Black
Student Support Specialist
herringka@umsl.edu
(314) 516-6792