Walter and Daisy Carson Latham Clinical Schools Network

Contact Us:

Office of Clinical Experiences

110 Speight Building
College of Education
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Fax: 252-328-2361

The Walter and Daisy Carson Clinical Schools Network

The Walter and Daisy Carson Latham Clinical Schools Network is a partnership between East Carolina University and 43 public school systems in eastern North Carolina.

The school systems include: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Clinton City, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edenton-Chowan, Edgecombe, Elizabeth City/Pasquotank, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Nash/Rocky Mount, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Roanoke Rapids, Sampson, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Weldon City, and Wilson.

Within the network, there are approximately 600 schools with over 22,500 teachers who participate in partnership efforts. The network has been in existence since the 1996-1997 academic year, when all teacher education programs were restructured from a 10-week student teaching requirement to a year-long Internship Experience.

  • Provides a network in which public schools and East Carolina University can collaborate
  • Seeks to enhance recruitment, retention, and renewal of teachers from pre-service to in-service
  • Provides quality field placements and clinical experiences for teacher education candidates
  • Facilitates the implementation of innovative practices and new initiatives in both public schools and universities
  • Provides continuous professional development for public school and university partners
  • Collaborative power of 43 public school systems and the largest teacher preparation institution in the State of North Carolina
  • Quality field placements for pre-service teachers with trained clinical teachers in diverse public school settings
  • A shared responsibility for the recruitment, induction, retention, and renewal of teachers in eastern North Carolina
  • Authentic clinical experiences in which university faculty, public school faculty, teacher education candidates and public school students can interact
  • Over 500 Internship Experience interns placed within the Network
  • Over 3000 undergraduate practicum students placed within the Network
  • Clinical Schools Network Training Sessions for faculty and clinical teachers
  • Clinical Teacher Conference for clinical teachers and university faculty annually
  • Professional Development Sessions for clinical teachers and faculty on a variety of topics