Kim Perkins speaking to ILAS 201 studentsIntroductory Clinical (ILAS 201)

This course consists of two parts:

1) Thirty clock hours of clinical experience (15 in a high school & 15 in a middle school): an off-campus component in which students are assigned to two public secondary schools (one high school and one middle school) in the northern Illinois area to observe and participate in classrooms under the supervision of qualified school personnel. Every effort will be made to assign students to a district within 60 miles of their place of residence during the ILAS 201 clinical experience. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation. Candidates are also required to spend a minimum of 10 hours tutoring within their placement.

* The students divide their thirty clock hours between the two schools and complete activities linked directly to the seminar topics.

2) Seven required seminars: A seminar component in which students attend presentations led by public school teachers and administrators and participate in small-group discussions.

Primary goals of course:

  1. to assist candidates in beginning to look at schools from the perspective of the teacher
  2. to help candidates determine if teaching as a profession is a good match for their interests, personality, and skills
  3. to assist candidates in gaining a big picture of public secondary schools, both middle schools and high schools.

ILAS 201 Seminar Topics include:

  • Professionalism
  • Personal Learning Networks
  • Classroom Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Collaborative Team Meetings
  • Current Issues in Education
  • Professional Vocabulary Building