|hope college > academic departments > education|
Student Teaching Semester
Student teaching is the culminating experience in a prospective teacher's preparation. It is this Level III field experience that focuses on "Applying Learning through Teaching" and allows the student to put theory into practice. The student teacher experiences guided teaching under the direction of a cooperating teacher and college supervisor.
The Professional Semester
Student teaching is offered during both the fall and spring semesters at Hope College. All students seeking teacher certification spend at least one semester (15-16 weeks) in a full-day student teaching assignment appropriate to their level and subject specialty. This experience is part of the Professional Semester in which students complete the student teaching placement, the Student Teaching Seminar, Perspectives in Education (Educ 500), as well as Senior Seminar (unless taken in a previous semester).
All student teachers work with at least one cooperating teacher who is experienced and highly qualified in his/her content area; some may work with up to three. Every student teacher is also assigned to and observed by a College Supervisor who is also highly qualified and experienced. The College Supervisor visits the student teacher 4-6 times during the 12-week placement and is responsible for assigning the final grade. Major departments are also encouraged to observe secondary student teachers during the student teaching experience.
Student Teaching Placements
Students seeking K-8 certification are assigned to an elementary or middle school classroom. Students seeking 6-12 certification are assigned a secondary (middle or high school) assignment in their area(s) of endorsement. Students who are following the secondary track and seeking K-12 endorsements in music, visual arts, physical education or dance are given an assignment in their area of endorsement which includes experiences at both the elementary and secondary levels. Spanish education majors who are following the elementary track/K-12 endorsement are required to complete a student teaching placement in an elementary classroom as well as an assignment in Spanish at the secondary level.
Students seeking elementary certification with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities or Emotional Impairments must complete one student teaching assignment in a general elementary education classroom and a second in the appropriate special education classroom. During the fall semester, students take a five-week, six-credit special education block followed by eleven weeks of student teaching. During the spring semester, the special education majors follow the Professional Semester configuration and complete 15-16 weeks of student teaching. Special education majors following the secondary certification track will student teach in a special education setting at the middle or high school level. Efforts will be made to provide a student teaching opportunity in the minor area of study as well.
The Student Teaching Seminar
During the student teaching experience, student teachers are required to register for and attend the weekly evening Student Teaching Seminar. Some of the sessions are general in nature (e.g., resume writing, certification, portfolio design, etc.). Others are grade level specific (elementary, secondary and special education). In the grade level meetings topics such as classroom management, conferencing, and teaching and learning strategies are presented. It is at this time that students discuss and reflect upon their current classroom teaching experiences as well.
Student Teaching Coursework
During the student teaching semester, most students complete sixteen (16) semester hours of credit. Coursework generally consists of: