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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Dr. Eileen Kolich is a Professor and full-time faculty member in the Ed. D. program in the Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change. During her 25 years at Benedictine University she has received numerous service awards, including the Blackburn Award for Exemplary Administrative Leadership (2004), the President's Award for Leadership (2003), and the President's Award for Innovation (2000). Prior to her current position, she served in a number of administrative roles, which included Chair of the Education Department and Division, Dean of the School of Education, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Founding Dean of the Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. She earned her BA at Rutgers University and her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum &Instruction: Reading, Communication, Language Education, and Instructional Systems. Her area of expertise is in Curriculum Development in Higher Education.