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Clinical Placement Specialist

Description of Job

The Division of Education at Edgewood College announces one full-time administrative opening for a Clinical Placement Specialist beginning in June of 2023, or earlier if the successful candidate is available.  

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


  • Clinical Placement Responsibilities
  • Coordinate and maintain clinical placements for all clinical and practicum placements, assisting with student teaching assignments as needed, in collaboration with the Coordinator of Clinical Experience and Licensing.
  • Engage in partnership with cooperating teachers and faculty members to ensure meaningful learning experiences in clinical placements.
  • Collaborate with Education faculty and the Coordinator of Clinical Experience and Licensing to develop positive relationships with public and private school administrators and teachers regarding student placements and clinical experiences, including selecting, developing, and assigning cooperating school-based personnel.
  • Work with Education deans and directors to evaluate the needs of students.
  • Assist in hiring and managing supervisors for practicum clinical experiences (and student teaching as needed).
  • 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 clinical placements.
  • 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).
  • Collect, process, and maintain databases and records of clinical placement observations, evaluations, and other DPI requirements for all teacher candidates.
  • Support the Coordinator of Clinical Experience and Licensing 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).
  • Collaborate with undergraduate and graduate licensing programs to align clinical work with licensing requirements.
  • Contribute to the role of the Edgewood College certifying officer, including managing licensure endorsements and licensure verifications for the Wisconsin DPI.
  • Assessment Responsibilities:
    • Collect, process, and maintain both formative and summative assessments at mid- and end of semester checkpoints for all practicum students (and student teachers as needed).
    • Collaborate on the ongoing revisions of performance assessments for practicum students and student teachers.
    • Participate in Candidate Review Team meetings, maintain database of student interventions, and monitor progress toward those interventions.
    • Contribute to the collection of internal assessment reports.
    • Collect, coordinate, and distribute relevant data regarding student and program assessment, including the evaluation of program completers through exit surveys, Transition to Teaching Surveys (TTS) to follow up with graduates, and Supervisor Surveys for school district employees supervising graduates once they are employed in schools.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Additional duties as assigned 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

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills that exhibit an ability to develop rapport with students and interact comfortably with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated organizational and administrative skills to include handling multiple projects, meeting deadlines, and attentiveness to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated ability in the use of technology to manage information, computer application skills necessary to maintain websites and databases with regard to program completers and other compliance reports.
  • Ability to read and interpret state statues and administrative rules related to licensure, such as the administrative code in PI 34, in order to support DPI compliance and maintain currency with the changing interpretations of the statutory requirements of educator certification.

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.

The 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.

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 - CPCS
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
E-mail: humanresources@edgewood.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer