Senior Teacher Candidates have one full semester of student teaching and enroll in EDU 455/456 for four units of credits. This is typically done during fall or winter terms of the senior year, but some students come back and complete this requirement following graduation in order to study abroad or for athletics participation. Please discuss this with your Education Advisor early in your career so you may make the best decision for your personal situation and goals. Additional information is available in our Education Department Handbook as well as the Student Teacher Handbook. Please note that candidates are required to have a 2.67 GPA in both their major and cumulatively at Decision Point 2 in order to be approved for a student teaching assignment. Further information is available from your Education advisor and through TEC.
Potential Student Teachers should be aware of the following requirements that must be met and documentation provided to the Education Office prior to being allowed into your assigned classroom for Student Teaching!!! Not having documentation on file will cause you to be removed from your assignment!!!
1. Background check as required by the host school system. It is your responsibility to ensure this is done and a copy or confirmation letter sent to our office. Keep in mind that depending on the school system, this can take up to six weeks and cost $100 or more. Again, the student teacher assumes all costs and paperwork responsibilties with their host school. If the host school does not have a background check requirement, then a current background check run through the Hanover College Human Resources Office is required. These average about $38 but can be more depending upon states. See Background Check Authorization Form for HC
2. Student Membership in the National Education Association (NEA) provides members with liability coverage as included with the membership. There are also numerous other benefits of membership. Student teachers are urged to forward a copy of the confirmation email to the Program Assistant or bring in a hard copy of the confirmation or membership card. Please note that the membership cards take a few weeks to receive so joining NEA online and then forwarding the email is the best bet! Here is the link for current NEA student membership ttps://ims.nea.org/HowToJoin/stateStudent.do?mbrType=STUDENT&sea=in
3. Attendance at the Student Teacher Orientation is mandatory - you will be notified of the date and time that this session is held on campus. You should ensure that your Student Teacher Contact Form and Spicer Phillips Grant Application are on file by this time as well.
4. Your schedule is based on the host school's calendar - you will need to make sure you have made the proper arrangements for housing during breaks or before standard check-in and check-out times via Student Life (if living on campus).
5. Student Teachers are required to attend ALL student teacher seminars unless you have received notice otherwise. These are aimed to provide a chance for discussion and feedback from each other in order to better prepare you for becoming a profession educator. This includes all urban placement student teachers (with the exception of student teachers at the Philadelphia Center...see below) as this is is a choice you have made. Under dire circustances, contact your Supervisor for issues with this, as well as any other issues during Student Teaching.
THE PHILADELPHIA CENTER'S EDUCATION INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
An internship with The Philadelphia Center is another option for a senior's student teaching experience. Student teachers live and work in inner-city Philly for a semester. We have had a number of candidates take advantage of the opportunity and all have returned very happy with their experience! click the link below for more information on the great opportunity!!
Student Teaching Documents
Student Teaching Evaluation Rubrics
Student Teaching Mentors and Supervisors