Department Contact Info
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
Assistant Professor of Education
STUDENT TEACHING normally takes place every spring semester. Students register for 4.0 units—3 units for student teaching and 1 unit for the student teaching seminar. Student teaching is a full-time commitment involving teaching, planning, and other in-school responsibilities. Student teachers must also complete the edTPA, a performance-based assessment, during student teaching. The edTPA registration fee ($300) is included as a course fee associated with the seminar.
The Student Teaching Experience
Student Teaching is one of the most important experiences that future teachers will have in their teacher education program. It provides an extended, intensive opportunity for the prospective teacher to acquire an understanding of the teaching-learning process as encountered in actual classrooms. Student teaching is a laboratory for the testing of ideas, a place to encounter real challenges, and an opportunity to develop the habits of reflection and analysis. It is the defining experience for creating competent, committed professional teachers for a diverse, democratic society.
During student teaching, teacher education candidates observe, participate, and teach in a regular classroom for an extended period under the supervision of experienced teachers from the school and university. Ohio Wesleyan student teachers are expected to know their subject areas and use a variety of appropriate instructional strategies to help their students learn. Throughout the experience, student teachers should demonstrate growth in being comfortable with and appreciative of all students and be eager to contribute to the school, community, and teaching profession.
Objectives of Student Teaching
During the course of the student teaching experience, the student teacher should learn and be able to demonstrate the following:
Candidate Eligibility for Student Teaching
Enrollment in Student Teaching (clinical practice) is open only to those teacher education candidates who have successfully met all the Gateway 2 requirements prescribed by the Education Unit for their licensure program and who have obtained Full Admission to their licensure program. These requirements include the following:
Candidates who have previously received a grade of “U” or a grade lower than a “C-” in a Student Teaching experience are ineligible to register for additional units of Student Teaching. Candidates who apply for Student Teaching but fail to meet the requirements will be notified of this situation in writing.
Placement of teacher education candidates for Student Teaching is the responsibility of the program faculty in the relevant licensure area. Candidates complete data sheets and Student Teaching applications, depending on the individual licensing program. Faculty use this information as they work with local school administrators in securing placements in which each candidate can succeed.
It is occasionally necessary to change a student teaching placement. The school district may request the removal of a candidate after extensive discussions with the cooperating teacher, candidate, and university supervisor. In rare cases, the candidate may request a change of placement. Such a decision must not be made lightly and is done only after all other possible solutions to the situation have been exhausted. Final decisions regarding placement changes rest with the Program Directors and Chair of the Education Unit.
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