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Teacher Education

Create opportunities and consider the possibilities.

Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School


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Our role in teacher education

  • Provide schools in which excellence in education theory and practice can be observed, studied and practiced by teacher candidates and other pre-service school professionals
  • Provide environments in which research and development activities may be conducted
  • Provide comprehensive, high–quality academic program for Metcalf and University High School students
  • Promote effective, high-quality education throughout the teaching profession and to aid other educators in the process of improving quality of education in their schools

We implement this through:

Site for Clinicals

We collaborate with 20+ departments through a variety of colleges across campus including the College of Education, College of Music, College of Arts and Sciences, etc. We offer learning opportunities through observation, whole group and small group instruction, and student teaching.

  • PreK through 8th grade core education
  • Heart of Illinois Low Incident Association (HILIA) - students who are deaf and hard of hearing and/or vision impairments PreK-8th grade
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • School Psychology
  • Music
  • Art
  • Theater
  • STEM Makerspace
  • Library Science

Chances for ISU students to work in a variety of programs

  • America Reads, America Counts paid tutors
  • WIN (What Individuals Need): a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) led by ISU students and covering the areas of math, reading, and social-emotional learning
  • Lunch and recess aid
  • After School Program
  • Drop-off and Pick-up supervision
  • Athletic and extracurricular events
  • HILIA aid

Chances for ISU students to volunteer

  • Cadets Helping Kids
  • Athletic and extracurricular events

Research and Collaboration Opportunities

ISU faculty may submit ideas and or applications for research approvals. These opportunities often invite collaboration between Faculty Associates and lead to future projects.

  • Providing site visitation to community schools throughout central Illinois to speak with faculty and administration and observe educational movements taking place.
  • Disseminate information to area professionals
  • ISU and community members sharing their expertise with Metcalf students
Research Applications

If you are interested in conducting research at Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School, please fill out the Research Project Application.
Submit materials to the front office at Thomas Metcalf Lab School.

If you have questions, please contact, Amanda Stalets, at