Clinical Experiences (Student Teaching)

The clinical experience semester is the culminating experience for teacher education program at Northern Kentucky University.  Please review the information and web links listed below for further information about. 

Who qualifies? When do I apply?

Please refer to the Clinical Experiences Handbook for more information on how to qualify to begin your clinical experience.  You will need to work closely with your COEHS advisor to determine when is the right time to apply for the clinical experience semester.

How do I apply?

To initiate the process of applying to the clinical experience, you will need to attend the application meetings that are held in advance of your clinical experience semester.  If you plan to have your clinical experience in a fall semester, these meetings typically take place in the early weeks of the preceding spring semester (January).  If you plan to have your clinical experience in a spring semester, the meetings typically take place in the late weeks of the preceding spring semester (April).

Clinical Experience Terminology

  • Teacher Candidate – NKU student who is placed in an accredited school(s) for 16 weeks for supervised mentoring.
  • P-12 Clinical Educator (Cooperating Teacher) – A qualified professional who mentors and evaluates the student teacher.
  • University Clinical Educator (University Supervisor) – A university representative who assesses and recommends the grade.
  • Director of Clinical Experiences – Assists student teachers through application process, placement, and final assessment.

Tuition Waiver – Available for all cooperating teachers upon completion of mentoring a student teacher for 8 or 16 weeks.  


Jill Niemeyer
Director of Clinical Experiences

For questions about clinical experiences, please contact:

Rebecca Cox
Academic Assistant
Phone: (859) 572-5230