The National Center for Clinical Practice in Educator Preparation (NCCPEP) is a new, cutting-edge organization aimed at supporting clinical practice as the center of educator preparation. As a new organization, we designed this survey to get the “lay of the land” regarding teacher educators’ perceptions of clinical practice in their own programs and to ascertain perceived needs (i.e., how could NCCPEP support you in enhancing or centering clinical practice in your work). Specifically, this study aims to explore current practices of educator preparation programs across the United States to investigate program directors’ satisfaction with the clinical aspects of their teacher education program and their reflections on what they need to improve.
We were preparing to launch the survey when the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. Subsequently, we waited on launching the survey and have added questions related to teacher educators’ work in the pandemic. We appreciate your time and perspectives.