It was a pleasure to work with all the student teachers and Clinical Faculty staff from VCU. I am proud to say that all the teachers I cooperated with are gainfully employed in our schools. Thanks for all you did to enhance my career.
~ Barb Halsey
Clinical Faculty

Clinical Faculty Program

Teachers consistently report that their student teaching experience was the most powerful and important part of their preparation program. It's where students' learning about theory and practice is put to test in the real world, where they begin to truly internalize their roles as future teachers. As the last step in the pre-service learning journey, the student teaching experience needs to be of the highest consistent quality to ensure that these future teachers are well prepared to transition into their future preK-12 classrooms.

Our Clinical Faculty are exemplary preK-12 practitioners identified through a rigorous competitive selection process to work with VCU pre-service teachers. Through an intense 5 module training based on the New Teacher Center Santa Cruz mentoring model, VCU Clinical Faculty acquire the knowledge and skills needed to support pre-service teachers as they become critically reflective practitioners.

Why is the VCU Clinical Faculty Program unique?

  • Open to all teachers. As opposed to the professional development school model in which only faculty in certain schools are designated as clinical faculty, any teacher can apply to become VCU Clinical Faculty.
  • Comprehensive application process. Candidates submit an application packet including a writing component and recommendation from a principal. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Required intensive training. Based on the New Teacher Center Santa Cruz mentoring model, attendees learn about the coaching cycle, collecting observation data, and VCU formative assessment tools.
  • Rigorous evaluation process. Candidates coach a preservice, novice, or veteran teacher and submit a portfolio that demonstrates proficiency implementing the coaching model and VCU's formative assessment tools. The portfolio contains a video recording of a coaching session, collection of completed tools, and answers to reflective questions.
  • Opportunities to grow as teacher leaders. Clinical Faculty are eligible for additional teacher leadership opportunities in their school divisions and at VCU.

What are the Clinical Faculty eligibility criteria?

  • Hold a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional Certificate and Virginia Teaching Endorsement for subject(s)/grade(s) currently teaching.
  • Have successful classroom teaching experience for a minimum of three years.
  • Be recognized as an accomplished teacher with positive human relations skills.
  • Have a full-time teaching assignment within one school in Chesterfield County Public Schools, Hanover County Public Schools, Henrico County Public Schools, or Richmond City Public Schools.
  • Have a teaching assignment in one of the following areas:
    • Art Education
    • Music Education*
    • Special Education (general curriculum, adapted curriculum, early childhood special education)
    • Elementary Education (PreK-5 classroom teachers)
    • Middle or High School Education (English, Math, Social Studies)
    • High School Science Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics)
Teachers at the middle and high school level may teach a maximum of two AP, and/or non-core classes.
* Music teachers interested in the program should contact Dr. David Greennagel, Director of Music Education, VCU Department of Music at

How do I become a Clinical Faculty Member?

The Clinical Faculty Program is an exciting opportunity for professional growth for teacher leaders.

Be a part of the VCU Clinical Faculty Program! Please contact if you have any questions.

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