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Clinical Placement Specialist

Description of Job

This is a staff position with administrative responsibilities, managing clinical placements for undergraduate and graduate licensure students including coordination of practicum programs, field-based student teaching programs, and the subsequent assessments for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This role involves continuous positive interaction with private and public schools serving as field sites for Edgewood College students and with the representatives of the DPI. 


Clinical Responsibilities 

  1. Coordinate and maintain clinical placements for all practicum, field placement, and student teaching assignments, in collaboration with the Coordinator of Clinical Experience and Assessment. 

  1. Engage in partnership with cooperating teachers and faculty members to ensure meaningful learning experiences in field placements.  

  1. Collaborate with Education faculty and the Coordinator of Clinical Experience and Assessment to develop positive relationships with public and private school administrators and teachers regarding student placements and field experiences, including selecting, developing, and assigning cooperating school-based personnel. 

  1. Work with Education deans and directors to evaluate the needs of students.  

  1. Assist in hiring and managing supervisors for student teaching and practicum field experiences. 

  1. Engage with students, building strong professional relationships that model and teach the areas of dispositions necessary for successful teaching. Coach students regarding challenges and opportunities in field placements. 

  1. Collect, process, and maintain both formative and summative assessments at mid- and end of semester checkpoints for all practicum students and student teachers. 

  1. Collaborate on systems for progress reporting and monitoring of educator candidate development in alignment with existing campus resources (Handshake, Jenzabar, and Feith software, and the staff of the Career Development Center). 

  1. Collect, process, and maintain databases and records of clinical placement observations, evaluations, and other DPI requirements for all teacher candidates. 

  1. Collaborate on the ongoing revisions of performance assessments for practicum and student teachers. 

  1. Support the Coordinator of Clinical Experience and Assessment in providing  leadership for the ongoing development of the clinical experience programs for students in licensing programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels (including Advanced Certificate Elementary [ACE], Accelerated Secondary Program [ASP}, Language and Literacy [ESL, Bilingual, and Reading Teacher licensing], and Special Education programs). 

  1. Collaborate with undergraduate and graduate licensing programs to align clinical work with  licensing requirements. 

  1. Contribute to the role of the  Edgewood College certifying officer, including managing licensure endorsements and licensure verifications for the Wisconsin DPI. 

Assessment Responsibilities 

  1. Participate in Candidate Review Team meetings, maintain database of student interventions, and monitor progress toward those interventions. 

  1. Contribute to the collection of internal assessment reports.  

  1. Collect, coordinate, and distribute relevant data regarding student and program assessment. 

  1. Collaborate on the preparation of data for various reports to external audiences including annual reports to Educational Testing Service, the U.S. Department of Education (Title II), the Wisconsin DPI, and the Professional Education Data System. 

  1. Attend regular Education meetings and other meetings related to the position, which may include external meetings with the DPI, Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE), and others as determined by supervisors.  

Job Qualifications

Necessary Education or Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Education or Student Services preferred 

  • Experience in program evaluation and assessment preferred 

  • Experience in student services preferred 

  • Professional experience in PK-12 education preferred 

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated organizational and administrative skills to include handling multiple projects, meeting deadlines, and attentiveness to detail and accuracy. 

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills that exhibit an ability to develop rapport with students and interact comfortably with colleagues.  

  • Demonstrated ability in the use of technology and computer application skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, OneDrive, PowerPoint; and familiarity with managing and maintaining online filing systems, including careful record keeping and database maintenance.  

  • Ability to read and interpret laws, such as DPI administrative codes. 

  • Preferred: Familiarity with state statues and administrative rules related to licensure in order to serve as the College’s knowledge base related to DPI compliance and maintain currency with the changing interpretations of administrative codes such as PI-34.

Other Qualifications

Edgewood College, a Catholic college sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence - the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values - truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply:  Send a cover letter, resume, and references to: 

Edgewood College 

Human Resources –CLPS 

1000 Edgewood College Drive 

Madison, WI 53711 

E-mail: humanresources@edgewood.edu 

Equal Opportunity Employer