The primary purpose of Preclinical and Student Teaching experiences is to enable candidates to engage in early and ongoing experiences in various school settings. All clinical experiences link theory and practice. Candidates are required to complete the clinical experiences as prescribed by their program including student teaching. Preclinical experiences are taken concurrently with their professional education courses. During these experiences candidates are required to attend all scheduled seminars. The School of Education assigns and supervises all placements and cooperating teachers evaluate candidate performance along with university supervisors. For detailed information regarding the policies and procedures of the preclinical and student teaching experiences, refer to the Preclinical and Student Teaching Handbooks.
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MeShelda Jackson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Health Services and Chair of the School of Education where she has been a faculty member since 2006. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in Special Education, Educational Specialist in School Clinical Psychology, and Masters degree at Nova South Eastern University in Computer Education and her undergraduate degree at Alabama A&M University in Speech-Language Pathology . Dr. Jackson taught as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools from 1982 to 1995. After receiving her Ph.D., she has been teaching in higher education for the past 17 years. Her research interests lie in the area of special education and school psychology. Dr. Jackson serves on national, state, and local committees related to education.