The capstone experience of every prospective teacher's preparation program is an intense but rewarding student teaching internship completed in a local school setting under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. But there's much more to the Education Semester than student teaching.
The Education Semester: Key Players
Co-operating Teachers (Co-ops): Your cooperating teacher, or co-op, is your first and most important resource during the student teaching experience. Co-ops are selected not only because they have distinguished themselves as effective teachers but also because they have shown an interest in helping new teachers join the profession. Generally speaking, we encourage co-ops to give student teachers the space as well as the support they need to find their strengths and identify areas of improvement throughout the semester.
College Supervisors: In addition to the guidance provided by the co-op during the Education Semester, student teachers also receive regular support from a college supervisor. Your college supervisor will make contact with you every week throughout the student teaching experience and visit your classroom regularly to ensure that you are progressing toward compliance with the rigorous standards for teacher preparation established by the Education Department.