Student Teaching

Fall 2014 Student Teaching Information

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Please also note the following statements, which refer to Substitute Teaching and Cooperating Teachers serving as the Teacher of Record:

Substitute Teaching Policy
The teacher candidate shall not serve as substitute teacher at any time. A school/district must hire a substitute teacher to serve as the primary teacher of record, but the teacher candidate can assume some responsibility for the teaching.

Cooperating Teachers are the Teachers of Record
The cooperating teacher is always considered the official teacher of record; teacher candidates should not be left alone with students. While teacher candidates are completing their take over teaching, cooperating teachers should remain in the classroom.

NEW Social Media policy applicable to FSEHD majors in all field experiences, including volunteering:

  1. Be professional on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites.
  2. Do not post anything you don’t want your potential employer to see.
  3. Do not “friend” any PK-12 students.
  4. Do not post any pictures or videos of PK-12 students, unless explicitly authorized in writing by host district or school.
  5. Do not disclose any children’s, families’ and teachers’ names or describe them on social media.

Preparing to Teach (Pre-Student Teaching)

Your placement is finalized, when and if you meet the following requirements Where to turn in When
Adobe PDFStudent Teaching Certificate application Print, sign, and date the Adobe PDFStudent Teaching Certificate application. Submit to Kimberly Crabill in HM room 102. June for Fall,
October 30 for Spring placements, but no sooner than three months before student teaching
Community service requirement (undergraduates only) Outside LinkOnline report May 11 for Fall,
October 30 for Spring placements

Praxis II PLT

click for Praxis II information and policy

Online April for Fall,
October for Spring placements

Praxis II Content Knowledge

click for Praxis II information and policy

Online Varies by program
Diverse Field Experience Survey Outside LinkOnline Must be submitted: March 14 to March 25, 2012
Unofficial RIC transcript (should reflect all program courses completed, no incompletes, overall GPA, Content GPA ) Hard copy to your department Check with the department
Implemented lesson plan To practicum instructor Check with practicum instructor
Disposition evaluation (optional in some programs) Outside LinkOnline Check with practicum instructor
Teacher Candidate Mini-Work Sample (TCMWS) To practicum instructor Check with practicum instructor
Valid BCI results when starting student teaching (valid for one year). Follow Adobe PDFdistrict preferences. Have with you at all times By first day of student teaching
Program requirements, such as content portfolio, additional lesson plans, etc. To your department Contact Department Secretary, and if unavailable, Department Chair



Student Teaching Application

  • Before applying you should be Admitted to FSEHD, and have met prerequisites for practium courses.
  • Attend one of the two mandatory meetings informational meetings, attendance will be taken. If you do not attend, your placement may be delayed for a semester.
  • Apply online during the month of November/December for the following Fall, and during April/May for the following Spring.
    • Navigate to RIC Custom Applications, then RIC Feinstein School, then Application Student Teach (SS).
    • You will be asked to select your preferences. Research partner districts before applying; do not request placement in a district where you were employed, were a student, or have close family members working in or attending the schools. Secondary and K-12 applicants should talk with their program advisors before requesting placements.
    • For dual placements use the "+" option to enter your second placement request.
  • Once your placement is formally approved you will receive a placement letter with your teacher name, school, dates, and contact information. At this point you may formally contact the teacher to inquire about details for your student teaching placement.
  • Special note-K-12 programs (art, health education, music, physical education, technology) allow teacher candidates to student teach either fall or spring semesters; some secondary education programs (mathematics, science, spanish,) only allow teacher candidates to student teach in the spring semester.


Spring 2015 Student Teaching Requirements and Due Dates

Fall 2014 Student Teaching Requirements and Due Dates



Student Teaching Policies

  1. Student teachers may not be placed in a school where they have been employed, were a student, or have family members working.
  2. Incomplete Grades on Transcripts. The Office of Partnerships and Placements will not seek a student teaching placement for a student with an outstanding Incomplete grade on his/her transcript the semester they apply for student teaching. In order to be considered for a student teaching placement, grades for any Incomplete course must be submitted and posted by November 1st for spring student teaching and March 1st for fall student teaching. Placement requests will only be made for students who have successfully earned grades in their courses with an Incomplete prior to these dates. All program requirements need to be met as well. Students who do not meet these criteria will be able to petition in order to be able to student teach their targeted semester.

    Appeal Process
    A teacher candidate may submit a formal written petition to seek permission to submit and post an Incomplete grade after the November 1st or March 1st due date deadline. The petition must include a letter from the teacher candidate with specific details about the situation, a letter from the professor of record in the Incomplete course, and a written recommendation from the teacher candidate’s academic advisor (with an email cc to the Program Department Chairperson). The FSEHD Assistant Dean for Partnerships and Placements will consider each request on a case-by-case basis. A formal appeal must be submitted by October 1st for spring student teaching and February 1st for fall student teaching.

    Students with Incomplete grades from a course the semester prior to student teaching must complete the course and have a passing grade posted within two weeks of the end of the semester's grade period of the Incomplete.

  3. The Fall 2014 semester student teaching dates are:

    Full Semester: Opening Day – December 12, 2014

    Split Placements:
    First Half: Opening Day – October 17, 2014
    Second Half: October 20, 2014 – December 12, 2014

  4. The Rhode Island Department of Education (Outside LinkRIDE), requires all initial certification teacher candidates to complete full semesters of student teaching starting Fall 2014. Spring 2014 is the last semester for split placements for ELED/ECED and SED and SPED if the teacher candidate is eligible to do so. (Teacher candidates must have been admitted to the certification area in FSEHD prior to August 24, 2009).

    Note-Elementary Education/Secondary and Middle Grade Certification still complete two split placements of 7 weeks or one 14-week placement that meets both grade requirements. This is determined by the program/advisor. PreK-12 programs still complete two placements, one in an elementary and the other in a secondary school.

  5. Student Teaching Course Load Policy. The student teaching experience and the student teaching seminar are considered the culminating courses for teacher candidates in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (FSEHD). All program requirements, including all coursework and courses related to specialization must be fulfilled prior to the placement of a teacher candidate in a school setting. FSEHD faculty members expect teacher candidates to dedicate their full academic attention to their student teaching duties in the schools the semester they are enrolled. Consequently, teacher candidates are not permitted to register for any courses other than student teaching and their student teaching seminar/course. Questions concerning this policy should be addressed to the Office of Partnerships and Placement.
    Appeal Process for Course Load Policy: A teacher candidate may submit a formal written petition to seek permission to take an additional course during student teaching. The petition must include a letter from the candidate, a written recommendation from the teacher candidate's academic advisor and a letter of recommendation from the Department Chairperson. The FSEHD Assistant Dean for Partnerships and Placements considers each request on a case-by-case basis. A request must be submitted by the drop/add date of the semester prior to the teacher candidate's placement in student teaching.
  6. Absences. Teacher Candidates are required to be present every day, and are required to follow the school/district calendar not the College's schedule. The Teacher Candidate must inform the cooperating teacher, the cooperating school, and the College Supervisor if absent from the school assignment. Absences must be made up and should be kept to the absolute minimum for true emergencies.
  7. Grading is Satisfactory /Unsatisfactory (S/U). The S grade cannot be assigned without successful completion of the TCWS, and satisfactory OPR results. A student teacher must be successful in his/her first placement before moving onto the second placement. The Assistant Dean in the Office of Partnerships and Placements works with grading issues and discrepancies. Grades submitted for first half split placements could be considered tentative until the student has completed all the work for that placement.
  8. Substitute Teaching Policy. The teacher candidate shall not serve as substitute teacher at any time. A school/district must hire a substitute teacher to serve as the primary teacher of record, but the teacher candidate can assume some responsibility for the teaching.
  9. Cooperating Teachers are the Teachers of Record The cooperating teacher is always considered the official teacher of record; teacher candidates should not be left alone with students. While teacher candidates are completing their take over teaching, cooperating teachers should remain in the classroom.

Student Teaching Assessment Timeline For Fall 2014

Full Semester: Opening Day – December 12, 2014
Split Placements:
First Half: Opening Day – October 17, 2014
Second Half: October 20, 2014 – December 12, 2014

Requirement

Person Responsible

Due Date

Where/How to Submit

Observation and Progress Report (OPR) 1

Cooperating Teacher (CT) and
College Supervisor (CS)

Full placements-by end of first month-Sept. 26, 2014
Split placements-by end of week 3-Sept. 19, 2014 - Nov. 7, 2014 for 2nd split

Outside LinkChalk and Wire

OPR 2

CT and CS

Full placements-by end of second month-Oct. 31, 2014
Split placements-by end of week 5 Oct. 3, 2014/Nov. 21, 2014 2nd split

Outside LinkChalk and Wire

OPR 3

CT and CS

Full placements-by Fri. of the 2nd to last week of the placement-Dec. 5, 2014
Split placement-by Friday of the 2nd to last week of placement-Oct. 10, 2014/Dec. 5, 2014

Outside LinkChalk and Wire

Teacher Candidate Work Sample (TCWS)

CS or Seminar
Instructor (Check
with Programs.
Beginning Fall
2012-ELED 469
instructor is
responsible for
scoring TCWS

By Thursday of last week of student teaching. Full placements-Dec. 11, 2014   Split placements-Oct. 16, 2104 and Dec. 11, 2014

Outside LinkChalk and Wire

Grade for student teaching-
Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory

CT and CS

By last day of student teaching-Dec 12, 2014 for full placements and Oct. 17, 2014 for 1st split, Dec 12, 2014 for 2nd split

Link sent to CS and CT
(Final grade for student teaching, not seminar,  is submitted by E. Sullivan)

Exit Survey Student teacher By the start of the Finals
Week

CT Exit Survey is completed on ricpay.org when pay request is submitted
CS completes Exit Survey at:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/491603/Cooperating-Teacher-College-Supervisor-Evaluation

Seminar Grade

CS

By Tuesday of week
following completion of
student teaching

CS submits grade through MyRIC and notifies E. Sullivan of any Incompletes and other issues.

Notes about grading for student teaching

Grading is Satisfactory /Unsatisfactory (S/U). The S grade cannot be assigned without successful completion of the TCWS, and six satisfactory OPR results in Chalk and Wire database. A student teacher must be successful in his/her first placement before moving onto the second placement. The Assistant Dean in the Office of Partnerships and Placements works with grading issues and discrepancies. Grades submitted for first half split placements are considered tentative until the student has completed all the work for that placement.

Student Teaching Documents and Forms




Expectations of the student teacher

FSEHD's Adobe PDFreflective practitioner model incorporates the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (Adobe PDFOutside LinkRIPTS).  The student teaching experience is designed to provide the teacher candidate with an opportunity to further develop and refine her or his skills. The Teacher Candidate is an active participant of the three-person team (Teacher Candidate-Cooperating Teacher-College Supervisor) working in a school-based setting.  The Cooperating Teacher serves as the mentor who, with the College Supervisor, assists the Teacher Candidate to become a successful professional.  The Teacher Candidate is expected to:

  1. Apply appropriate teaching practices to the student teaching experience;
  2. Attend and participate in all required College meetings and student teaching seminars;
  3. Participate in student teaching for a 14 (full placement) or 7 weeks (split placement) and assume total responsibility for the instructional program for a period of no less than three full weeks for a full placement and two for a joint placement;
  4. Understand the 'guest' status of the Teacher Candidate in the school and that final authority for the classroom rests with the Cooperating Teacher.
  5. Assume classroom responsibilities by being well prepared, attending professional meetings as suggested and participating in extra curricular activities;
  6. Interact with children and youth in a manner that builds a positive self-concept in each pupil;
  7. Demonstrate a professional manner through promptness, confidentiality, ethical conduct and other appropriate behaviors;
  8. Fulfill all of the program requirements of student teaching. Failure to meet responsibilities may result in termination of the student teaching experience.  Requests for termination of the student teaching experience may originate from the College Supervisor, Cooperating Teacher, or Cooperating School Principal.



Problems And Concerns

Problems or concerns about a student teacher or a student teacher's placement are to be directed to the Assistant Dean of Partnerships and Placements. Dr. Eileen Sullivan and her assistant, Kimberly Crabill. They may be reached at:

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