Residency Application and Requirements
Clemmer College Residency Application
Thank you for your interest in the online residency application at Clemmer College. Please read the application information and guidelines before applying. For technical assistance, please contact Stephanie Tanksley, email@example.com in the Office of Educator Preparation.
Before submitting the Residency Application, you will include the following documents as one single PDF document and upload it with the application. The application cannot be submitted without the pdf attachment.
- current DegreeWorks Audit signed by advisor (must show courses student is currently enrolled in for semester at time of applying for Residency)
- complete list of field experience observation/clinical experience hours (including each course, number of hours required in course, and where the hours were observed)
Spring Residency Application Opens: October 1
Spring Residency Application Deadline: November 1
Fall Residency Application Opens: December 1
Fall Residency Application Deadline: March 1
Click to apply for the 2021 Fall Residency Application.
The start date for Pre-Residency varies by school system. Residency candidates should plan to begin Pre-Residency in mid to late July.
- School districts confirm residency placements at different times. The Residency Office will notify candidates via email as placements are confirmed. Students should expect to receive their first placement during the month of July (Fall Residency) or in January (Spring Residency).
- Candidates should email their mentor teacher within one week of receiving their placement to schedule a time to visit the school to meet the mentor teacher and principal.
- Residency candidates should plan to attend school district in-service during Pre-Residency
Clemmer College Residency Requirements
The following documents must be completed and received in the Office of Educator Preparation between November 1 and December 1 (Spring Residency) or between May 31 and July 1 (Fall Residency). YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE YOUR PLACEMENT UNLESS ALL OF THE ITEMS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.
Completion of Background Check Package
A New Background Check Package must be completed for all residency candidates before beginning the Residency year.
*An Affirmation of Background Check will not be accepted.
Professional Liability Insurance
ETSU requires residency candidates to obtain Professional Liability Insurance before entering residency. Liability insurance should be purchased after May 31st so coverage will remain in effect the duration of their residency year. Candidates should turn in proof of liability insurance (copy of card or receipt) to the Office of Educator Preparation by July 1st of their residency year. Proof of insurance can be submitted electronically to the Office of Educator Preparation at firstname.lastname@example.org or bring a printed copy to the office in Warf Pickel Hall, Room 305. Proof of insurance must be on file in this office.
There are several ways to procure professional liability insurance:
I.STEA : You may obtain STEA/NEA student insurance online. Coverage is from September 1 to August 1; therefore, students will need to purchase enrollment for two years to cover Pre-Residency, Residency I and II (July-June). Cost is approximately $35.00. If you chose this option, you will need to contact STEA to ensure coverage begins from the date of purchase.
II.Professional Educators of Tennessee : Coverage begins immediately and lasts for 12 months; therefore, students need to purchase after May 31st so coverage will remain in effect the duration of the residency year. Cost is approximately $25.00.
III.Forrest T. Jones : In order to be eligible, you must be a member of a participating organization. Some examples are National Art Education Association (NAEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfMe), and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). A full list of participating organizations can be found on the website. Cost and coverage will vary by organization.
IV.Rider on a homeowner’s insurance policy – Check with the company that provides your homeowner’s insurance to inquire about adding a Professional Liability Insurance rider. If you choose this option, verify that the coverage will be good for the entire Residency experience.
** Liability insurance must be active for the entire duration of your residency year.
**If you have another insurance option available, please check with the Office of Educator Preparation to ensure that it meets the requirements.
A LiveText membership is required before entering pre-residency. Residency candidates will complete assessments, log residency hours, and attach documents to the shared space for candidate, mentor teacher, and supervisor.
Purchase membership here.
Code Of Ethics
The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to realize the importance of the responsibilities a candidate is to assume and the ever- present need for a high level of ethics to guide the candidate in discharging these duties. The candidate believes in conducting ones self accordingly, with special attention directed to the following relationships:
1. Accept students for who they are as individual human beings of worth, with purposes, interests, and needs.
2. Earn students' respect through genuine interest in them and their activities.
3. Refrain from disclosing information about students obtained during residency.
4. Foster critical thinking among students by examining facts and opinions on issues without imposing personal opinions.
5. Utilize all available evaluative techniques in assessing student learning and to assist students in making judgments about their own development.
6. Establish only mature, professional relationships with students.
The Mentor Teacher
1. Accept the mentor teacher as a professional person giving of his/her time and energy to help a new teacher.
2. Respect the mentor teacher’s program, goals, and practices, by striving to understand and support them.
3. Avoid emphasizing differences in philosophy and practices with the mentor teacher.
4. Secure approval of the mentor teacher in advance of implementing candidate plans and experimentation.
5. Initiate suggestions for self-improvement during evaluation sessions with the mentor teacher.
6. Keep the mentor teacher informed of any personal or professional concerns that might affect the students, faculty, and school or university’s relationships with the students, faculty, and school.
7. Cooperate with the mentor teacher on all activities arranged for my professional growth.
The School and Community
1. Study and support school policies.
2. Discuss school matters only with persons (principals and other administrators) responsible for formulating and implementing school policies.
3. Avoid violation of community morals.
4. Refrain from unjustified or casual criticism of the school and community.
5. Follow school rules and expectations for professional conduct and dress.
6. Avoid use of alcohol and drugs prior to contact in a professional role with students, parents, or others.
The University Supervisor
1. Accept the supervisor as an East Tennessee State University faculty member concerned with assisting the candidate to have a successful apprenticeship teaching experience.
2. Seek the supervisor’s suggestions for improving learning situations for students and for implementing the candidate’s many activities in the school and community.
3. Arrange and confirm a schedule that plans for personal conferences with the supervisor.
4. Call, e-mail, or write the supervisor with respect to weekly schedule of candidate activities in school and community.
5. Consider all conferences with the supervisor as professional and confidential.
The Residency Seminar Instructor
1. Accept the seminar leader as an East Tennessee State University faculty member concerned with assisting the candidate to have a successful apprenticeship teaching experience.
2. Consider all conferences with the seminar leader as professional and confidential.
3. View the seminar as an opportunity to share and learn from peers in other school settings.
4. Recognize the expertise of the seminar leader in the development, analysis, and evaluation of the edTPA.
1. Study toward understanding the role of a teacher within the school, the community, and the profession.
2. Exhibit confidence and pride in the profession.
3. Look upon the profession as a service to humankind.
4. Encourage students to consider seriously the opportunities and responsibilities of the profession.
5. Contribute whenever possible to student learning experiences in the school, to the school program, and faculty planning for school improvement.
6. Become an active member in appropriate professional organizations.
7. Regularly read, study, and reflect upon the literature and research pertaining to education for maximum professional improvement.
The Code of Ethics is a general outline of professional behavior. Of equal importance, however, is the understanding that ethics are also a very personal matter.
Memorandum of Understanding
The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to clearly identify the professional dispositions and behaviors that Candidates are to exhibit in their yearlong Residency.
While completing the yearlong Residency, candidates must conduct themselves in a professional manner. Upon entering the yearlong Residency, Candidates agree to follow the rules of the school system as well as policies of the Clemmer College and East Tennessee State University. Candidates should view this experience as an opportunity to learn from their mentor teacher(s) and to develop and demonstrate their teaching skills. Actions taken and words spoken during the Residency should be carefully considered, as they will affect both the Residency evaluation and the written/verbal recommendations provided for the candidate by the mentor teacher, Residency I and II Supervisors, school administrators, and the Office of Educator Preparation.
Placements are made in partnership with the school districts and Clemmer College. Residency candidates are not allowed to request a specific school or mentor teacher. Candidates will be placed with a licensed and experienced mentor teacher in the appropriate licensure area and grade ranges of their planned license. Candidates will not be allowed to request a specific grade level placement.
Residency candidates are required to be at their assigned school on the assigned days of the week. It is vital that the candidate contact the mentor teacher and Residency I/Residency II Supervisor immediately if an event occurs that will prevent the Candidate from being on time or require the Candidate to be absent. Candidates who have absences that are not warranted and/or fail to contact their mentor teacher and supervisor may be removed from their placement. Candidates should submit attendance in two ways: 1. Sign in and out of the building through computerized attendance at the office. 2. Submit weekly attendance in LiveText for mentor teacher approval.
Make up Days
During Residency I, candidates will follow ETSU’s calendar. Residency I Candidates must schedule to make up absence(s) with the mentor teacher and the Supervisor. Residency II Candidates will have absences added to the end of the Residency II placement. Candidates must coordinate with and receive approval from the mentor teacher and the Residency II supervisor to make up the missed day(s). Excessive absences due to illness or other extenuating circumstances may interfere with graduation and/or result in a candidate’s removal from the Residency placement. Candidates in Residency II follow the calendar of the School District rather than ETSU’s calendar. (Ex: Fall and Spring breaks are based on the school calendar.)
Tardies/Leaving School Early
Residency I and II Candidates are expected to adhere to the school mandated arrival times required of the mentor teachers. Candidates must not be late nor leave early. Tardies and/or leaving the school early without a valid or approved reason may result in removal from the Residency and/or a failing grade for Residency I and/or II. Please note that during Residency II, Candidates are expected to arrive early and depart after established dismissal times.
All Residency candidates must attend any seminars scheduled during the semester. The seminars are designed to prepare the candidate for his/her Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) that is completed during Residency II. Failure to attend the Residency seminars will affect the candidate’s performance on the Teacher Performance Assessment and will affect the Teacher Candidate’s overall grade for Residency I and II. This could also impact their ability to obtain licensure.
All Residency candidates will follow the Clemmer College Lesson Plan Template. Lesson plans must be submitted at least two (2) teaching days prior to the day the lesson will be taught in order to provide time for feedback and approval from the mentor teacher. Failure to turn in lesson plans to the mentor teacher at least two days before teaching the lesson in question can jeopardize the candidate’s overall grade for Residency I and II and can result in the candidate not being able to complete the Residency II placement.
Teacher Performance Assessment
The capstone project for Residency I and II is the edTPA. This document will be uploaded to Livetext and scored by Pearson. It is the candidate’s responsibility to insure this document is complete and ready to upload by the due date. The candidate will be required to attend all edTPA support seminars. Failure to attend the Residency I and II seminars will affect the candidate’s performance on the Teacher Performance Assessment and their overall grade for Residency I and II; as well as, their ability to obtain licensure.
Candidates in Residency II are strongly encouraged not to work outside of school. Work or family/personal commitments cannot be excuses for failing to meet the commitments of Residency I and Residency II. If commitments become problematic in terms of attendance and performance, the Candidate will be given the choice of withdrawing from his/her Residency or making the personal adjustments necessary to give full attention to the program. Candidates with family/personal commitments should make these commitments known to the Office of Field Experiences Residency as early as possible.
Residency candidates are expected to follow all rules and policies of the school/school system, Clemmer College, and East Tennessee State University, including those pertaining to the Professional Dispositional Skills located in the Residency II Handbook. Candidates should assume the role of an adult professional-in-training and behave accordingly. If a candidate is unsure of appropriate professional behavior or encounters a problematic situation, the Candidate should consult the mentor teacher, university supervisor, or other school personnel as soon as possible for guidance and assistance.
Other Dispositions/Professional Behaviors
• Handle ALL confidential information (student records, etc.) in a professional manner. Do not share information about the school, students, mentor teacher, etc., privately or publicly with others.
• Refrain from posting Residency materials, information, photos, or personal commentary on social networking sites.
• All students are expected to uphold the ETSU Honor Code. If you are not familiar with this statement and with the policy regarding plagiarism, you should review both these documents online or in a current catalog.
The use of cell phones and other electronic devices not related to instruction is prohibited in the classroom.
Residency candidates demonstrating inappropriate behaviors and/or dispositions will be subject to removal from their Residency placements and, if necessary, dismissal from the Educator Preparation Program at East Tennessee State University.
For ETS Praxis Exam information, and to find the exams applicable to your program, visit the ETS Praxis website.
All Praxis assessments must be passed before any student can progress into Residency II. You should attempt any required Praxis assessments as early as comfortably possible to ensure your ability to retest if necessary. We recommend beginning the summer preceding Residency I. Requirements for graduate students may vary by program.
When registering for the Praxis exam, students should include their Social Security Number and request that scores are sent to ETSU (TEST CODE 1198) and Tennessee Department of Education (TEST CODE 8190). If a Praxis exam is taken in another state other than Tennessee, test scores will not be sent to Tennessee Department of Education. If students do no pass the subject area assessment after the first attempt, students should consult with department faculty for testing support before retesting. Praxis assessments MUST be passed no later than the first day of Residency II. Students are required to submit a score report containing all passing test scores for their licensure area to the Office of Educator Preparation via email or hand delivery. Failure to pass all assessments will result in NOT advancing to Residency II.