Teaching Expectations Checksheet (PDF file)
for Early Childhood Education
for Secondary and K-12
Forms for Cooperating Teachers (PDF files)
In order to be eligible to student teach, teacher candidates must have:
- 90% of content
area coursework completed with grades of C or better and no incomplete
- All prerequisite
education coursework completed with grades of C or better.
- 2.75 GPA on
all college coursework.
- Passing score
on the State level content exam (as of January 2002). There is no
waiver of this policy AND documentation of a passing
score must be received by the Educator Licensing Program by August
1 for fall placements or by December 20 for spring placements.
Regarding Student Teaching Placements
Placement is done by Educator Licensing Program only; students are
not to negotiate their own placement with teachers or school personnel.
Students do not student teach in a school they previously attended
nor in a school where close relatives are employed or attending.
Exceptions to this are made only by the Director of Student Teaching
and/or the Director of Educator Licensing.
Candidates are encouraged to participate in interviews and observations
prior to final placement. Both the student and the cooperating teacher
should feel comfortable about the placement.
the interview/observation, both parties should provide feedback
to the Educator Licensing Program. Once both parties agree to the
placement, a Student Teacher Placement Confirmation/Agreement is
signed by the cooperating teacher, the school administrator, and
- The student
teaching application will be sent to one school at one time for
- The application
will not be removed from the school unless the school has determined
a placement is not possible or it is determined, following an interview,
that the philosophical match between the student teacher and teacher
are not acceptable for a successful placement.
Candidates are expected to complete their student teaching semester
as defined by the dates on the Student Teacher Placement Confirmation/Agreement.
In order to receive credit for a full semester of student teaching,
the candidate must complete the student teaching semester as defined
by the dates of the signed contract. Early completion requests will
not be honored except for extenuating circumstances as determined
by the Field Placement Coordinator and the Director of Teacher Licensure.
During the prescribed student teaching semester, candidates are
not allowed to receive payment for work within the usual work day.
Students may not receive substitute teaching pay while receiving
university credit for student teaching. [You cannot be both a student
and a teacher within the same endorsement area at the same time.]
Student teachers do not assume extracurricular coaching responsibilities
for salary during normal classroom teaching hours.
Student teachers are expected to conform to the Code of Ethics of
the Education Profession. Student teachers are also expected to
conform to the professional codes and standards of the host school.
institutional costs for field placements, including long-distance
phone calls and postage, and travel costs of the Colorado State
supervisor are covered by a special course fee attached to student
teaching. By current state policy, there is no “catchment”
area designated to the School of Education, Colorado State University.
By state policy, this no longer exists with all other Colorado teacher
education programs. There are, however, three placement options
(see below) for Colorado State University teacher candidates that
should be considered by the candidate regarding fees for student
Option 1: Local Area
Within commuting distance of CSU
Within the Denver/Colorado Springs area;
Option 2. Out of area (but within Colorado);
Option 3. Out of state.
Placements made outside the University supervisory area will require
additional charges beyond the normal course fee assessed for student
teaching, depending on the availability of supervision. All such
arrangements are made by the Educator Licensing Program as explained
below. NOTE: Student teachers are not placed in schools where they
were once students nor in schools where close relatives are employed
1: Local Area Placements
The CSU Teacher Licensure “Local” placement area includes
the following districts and/or counties:
Valley RE 1J
Paso County 11
Jefferson County R-1
2: Out -of -Area Placements
Teacher candidates requesting student teaching assignments outside the
Option 1 placement area must have a legitimate reason for doing so.
Approval is obtained through the Educator Licensing Program prior to
application for student teaching. Candidates must make an appointment
with the Field Placement coordinator during the application process.
If the requested teaching site is within the state of Colorado but outside
the Option 1 areas defined above, the Field Placement coordinator will
determine the best possible supervision model, either with CSU supervisors
or “Guest” supervision by another approved Colorado college
or university. The candidate will pay additional supervisory costs,
beyond the special course fee, for Option 2 for the supervisor’s
transportation, meals (if necessary), and lodging (if necessary).
to be charged depend on the distance of the requested site from the
two supervisory areas, Fort Collins and Denver. There are two choices:
(1) sites outside the Option 1 area but close enough for a CSU supervisor
to drive to; or, (2) sites farther away but close to another institution
with student teaching supervisors available to assume the responsibility.
Option 2 the student will be charged the course fee for student teaching,
mileage from the supervisor’s originating city at the standard
University rate and, if necessary, meals and lodging.
for supervision must be paid to the School of Education the week prior
to the end of the student teaching semester. The final student teaching
grades will not be assigned if fees are not paid.
by faculty of other institutions. Fees from distant institutions vary.
The candidate will pay the student teaching course fee, the cost of
the university supervisor, the fee for the cooperating teacher, and
any additional administrative costs. These costs can range from $500-$750.
Costs charged by the host institution will be paid directly to the host
institution prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester.
The final student teaching grades will not be assigned if fees are not
3: Out-of-State Placements
If the requested teaching site is outside the state of Colorado, the
candidate will provide the Field Placement coordinator with:
1. The name of a college or university teacher education program close
to the requested area;
2. Contact information such as telephone number, address, and personnel
in their Educator Licensing Program.
The CSU Field Placement coordinator will contact the appropriate personnel
at that university to request a “guest” supervision. If
accepted, this university becomes the “host” for the student
CSU student teacher must meet all eligibility requirements for student
teaching as if he/she were student teaching locally (i.e., passing score
on State licensure exam; GPA; etc.). An out-of-state placement does
not waive student teaching eligibility requirements.
will be additional charges for Option 3. The candidate will be required
1) The course fee for student teaching.
2) The cooperating teacher any amount the host university normally pays
that exceeds the amount paid by CSU ($125 for a 15 week placement; $75.00
for each 8-week placement).
3) The host university for the cost of supervision.
4) Any additional charges assessed by the host university
5) All such payments will be made by the student directly to the appropriate
personnel before final student teaching grades are assigned.
or Out-of-State Seminar Options
Arrangements must be made for the student teaching seminar, ED 493A
or VE 492 - Professional Relations. If the host university has a seminar
for its students, it may be possible for the CSU candidate to participate
and apply this for CSU credit. If there is no seminar available, students
will complete an independent study seminar packet provided by the CSU
Educator Licensing Program. In either case, the Field Placement Coordinator
will be the instructor of record and contact person for the student.
Assessment Seminar, ED 493B,
can be completed through CSU through on-line and distance format.
Opportunities for students to do their student teaching overseas exist
through mutual arrangements with the University of Northern Iowa. Information
is available in the Educator Licensing Program or through the UNI site
at http://www.uni.edu/stdteach/. Note that there are usually additional
eligibility requirements as well as additional charges for supervision,
travel, and housing. Please also note that the UNI arrangement is the
only option available for an international placement through the CSU
Date and Length of Experience
teachers officially begin their student teaching at the beginning of
the fall or spring semester according to the school calendar. That is,
they begin with the school, not the university calendar.
teaching requires full-time, on-site attendance for 15 weeks or no less
than 75 days for secondary endorsements; 16 weeks or no less than 80
days for K-12 art or music, early childhood education, or business and
FOR SPRING 2006
STUDENT TEACHING APPLICATIONS/PLACEMENTS
Process begins Fall 2005
for student teaching placement process for Spring 2006 placements:
of the Semester
with ED450 (secondary and K-12), and ED 426 (ECE) candidates
on application information. Application is available on this
DUE for Spring 2006 Student Teaching on or before Wednesday
September 7, 2005; 4:30 p.m. Submit to the Licensure Office
- room 100 Education Bldg.
of Sept. 5, 12
Office reviews applications; Meetings with advisors, students,
of Sept. 19 & 26 (approximately) and Ongoing
5-6 (approximately) and Ongoing
sent to schools.
the placement process
the placement process
information available to students through Web
CT site for student teachers.**
We understand that some students will know from their cooperating
teachers that they will take them as a student teacher but official
notification will be posted on the Student Teaching Web
to Student Teach
are two forms that must be submitted to complete the student teacher
application process. One is the "Student Teaching Placement
Request" and the other is the "Student Teacher Application
Personal Inventory." Both must be TYPED and professionally completed.
They are available through this web site. Submit the original
and one copy of each form to the Licensure Office by September 7.
- Web Site Access
The application forms are available through this web site. The
application will open in a Word Rich Text Format (RTF) file.
You will then need to save the application to your personal computer
drive or to a disk of your own and begin inserting information.
Download, save, and complete both of these forms. Submit two
copies of each.
follow the directions on the screen once you select the form.
The main thing to do is save the application to your drive or disk.
Then you can open the application as a Word document and begin inserting
Be aware that the personal inventory is sent to the cooperating schools.
Since both forms represent the teacher candidate as a professional,
the candidate will want to be sure they are error free and completed
Teacher education candidates should carefully review the final printout
of their application to make sure it looks professional and makes sense
to the reader. Note placement of headings, page breaks, margins, etc.
and adjust appropriately.
When listing courses in your application form, DO include a list of
the courses you are currently taking. (List grades "Not Available"
The completed application packet consists of:
- Student Teaching
Placement Request form (original and one copy)
- Student Teaching
Application Personal Inventory form (original and one copy)
- Copy of PLACE
or Praxis II Score Report
- Teacher education
All placements are done through the Office of Field Experience. Teacher
education candidates do not negotiate nor arrange for their own placements.
Candidates with further questions should contact the Licensure Office
The Director of Teacher Licensure gives final approval to all student
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE YOUR FILE IS COMPLETE and that
the Office of Field Experience is aware of all important factors and
changes. You should stay in touch with the Office of Field Experience
or the Teacher Licensure Office to be sure information is kept up to
date. (Change of address, phone number, etc.)
Teacher education candidates should visit the proposed school site for
an interview with the teacher and/or building administrator before an
assignment is made. It is to your benefit to visit with and observe
your potential cooperating teacher and visit with other school personnel,
including the principal prior to assignment. This is your opportunity
to present yourself as a professional and to determine for sure if this
is a satisfactory placement for you.
There is a CSU Final Placement Confirmation Form that is to be signed
by the cooperating teacher, the school principal, and the student teacher.
Consider this your semester "teaching contract." Do not miss
this final step to placement (even if you know what your placement is.)
do not hesitate to call or visit the Teacher Licensure Office
(491-5292 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
OF THE STUDENT TEACHING SEMESTER
teachers are expected to achieve competence on all Performance-Based
Standards for Colorado Teachers.
student teacher must demonstrate what he/she knows and can do. The following
expectations are built on good educational practice and state standards
for teacher licensure. Demonstration of every component is required
and will be documented on the Student Teaching Expectations Check Sheet.
- Daily (short
range) Planning - Develop written daily plans for all lessons that
include critical components and characteristics of good instruction.
- Unit (long
range) Planning - Develop at least one Unit Plan that includes all
the components and characteristics of good instruction.
competence using at least 5 different instructional strategies:
Concept, Cooperative, Inquiry, Lecture, Questioning/Discussion,
competence with teaching aids and technology
ability to analyze and correct instruction using Video tape and
competence in developing a variety of assessments that are valid
monitor and assess student progress throughout instruction
- Utilize pretests
and posttests to assess student growth and improvement and provide
ability to interpret student assessments to critique effects of
- Help prepare
students for state assessments
of Learning Environment
- Develop positive,
task-oriented classroom environment
- Develop positive
relationships with students
- Deal appropriately
with discipline problems
respectful and effective communication skills
- Maintain clear
communication with parents
- Create and
maintain positive school and professional contacts
a stewardship approach to teaching
and follow the Professional Code of Ethics
and follow laws pertaining to schools, teaching, and the care of
understanding of federal, state, and local governance systems relating
to education and teaching.
competence with and understanding of state and content standards
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