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Field Experience: Riley College of Education & Leadership: Reading K-12 Endorsement

Reading K-12 Endorsement

The Reading K-12 Endorsement program incorporates Minnesota Standards for Teachers of Reading K-12. Reading K-12 Endorsement candidates can elect to enroll in the optional Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) with a specialization in Reading and Literacy with a Reading K–12 Endorsement by taking four additional courses. As of Fall 2018, the program is being taught out and is not accepting any new enrollments.

Clinical Experiences

Clinical experience is an integral part of the Reading K12 Endorsement program at Walden University. The clinical experiences are opportunities for candidates to apply course concepts and standards in real environments that allow for increasing levels of responsibility. The clinical experiences are designed to provide the opportunity to connect theory to practice and prepare the candidate for daily responsibilities as a reading teacher.

The Office of Field Experiences secures all clinical experience placements for endorsement candidates. Clinical experience requirements are outlined in the Reading K-12 Endorsement Candidate Guidebook.

Clinical Experience Forms and Deadlines

The Clinical Experience Forms are located in the candidate's ePortfolio. 

1. Preferred Placement Form:  The Preferred Placement Form must be completed prior to starting clinical experiences. The form allows candidates to note the districts and schools within their geographic region, and is due two weeks after the first course begins.

2. Professional Liability Insurance Verification Form:  The Professional Liability Insurance Verification Form must be completed prior to starting clinical experiences. The form is due two weeks after the first course begins. The candidate may need to renew the professional liability insurance during the program to ensure coverage throughout all clinical experiences.

3. Clinical Experience Timesheets:  The Clinical Experience Timesheets serve as documentation of completed clinical experience hours. A signed timesheet is due after each 8-week clinical experience course.

4. Host Teacher Evaluations:  The Host Teacher Evaluations are completed by the candidate's host teacher after each clinical experience placement. A signed evaluation is due at the end of each placement.

Program Guidebook and Handbook

Candidates are required to read the Candidate Guidebook. The guidebook is located in the ePortfolio, and below.

Notice to Candidates Seeking MN Licensure

Candidates seeking an initial teaching license in Minnesota, or an endorsement in Minnesota: In accordance with Minnesota Statute 122A.09 after a candidate has exhausted all appeal options in accordance with university policy the Minnesota Board of Teaching may assist a candidate preparing for Minnesota licensure in resolving a dispute between the candidate and the institution when dispute involves an institution’s recommendation for Minnesota licensure. Candidates should contact the Board of Teaching at:

 122A.09 DUTIES.

(c) The board must adopt rules to approve teacher preparation programs. The board, upon the request of a postsecondary student preparing for teacher licensure or a licensed graduate of a teacher preparation program, shall assist in resolving a dispute between the person and a postsecondary institution providing a teacher preparation program when the dispute involves an institution's recommendation for licensure affecting the person or the person's credentials. At the board's discretion, assistance may include the application of chapter 14.