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Clinical Outcomes

Prior to student teaching, candidates complete more than 120 hours in P-12 classrooms with experienced mentor teachers. The student teaching experience is 15 weeks and consists of a minimum of four (4) weeks of full-time teaching.

Each student teacher completes the edTPA, a performance assessment designed to answer the question, "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" It is the first national performance assessment for candidates entering the teaching profession and each edTPA is evaluated by trained, certified scorers. While Ohio does not currently have a set score teacher candidates are expected to achieve, a national panel of experts suggests a target score of 39-42.

edTPA Data for 2013-2014



Average Score

Fall 2013


Spring 2014


Malone University candidates ranked highest in (1) planning for subject-specific understanding, (2) planning assessments to monitor and support student learning, and (3) establishing a positive learning environment that supports students' engagement in learning.

Student teachers are also evaluated by the Clinical Evaluation which is organized around the seven Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession . By the end of student teaching, candidates are expected to be at the "target" level. The rubric also includes descriptions of the expectations for teachers by the end of their four-year residency program.

Data for 2013-2014 indicate that Malone candidates received the highest ratings for Standards 1 (Teachers understand student learning and development and respect the diversity of the students they teach.), 5 (Teachers create learning environments that promote high levels of learning and achievement for all students.), and 7 (Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.).

By the end of student teaching, teacher candidates are expected to demonstrate at the application level four (4) dispositions—providing service, practicing fairness, promoting stewardship, and believing that all students can learn and grow. Student teachers are evaluated using the Dispositions Assessment. Data from 2013-2014 indicate that the four dispositions were actively observed in most candidates' interactions in P-12 classrooms. The disposition of fairness (a commitment demonstrated in striving to meet the educational needs of all students in a caring, non-discriminatory, and equitable manner) was most evident during the student teaching semester.