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Thank you for your support and collaboration in the field experiences of our candidates. Below are resources to help introduce you to the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder within the field experiences. Placement arrangements are coordinated by the School of Education’s Field Office. Once placements are arranged, the University Supervisor will serve as the main point of contact for the candidate and the host educator.
Practicums are course-embedded field experiences where students spend classroom hours learning alongside a current K-12 educator. Practicums are not the same as student teaching or internships, and typically cannot be fulfilled by prior experience. These placements typically range between 5-30 hours during their course. Some practicums may extend beyond 30 hours.
Note: Practicums are completed by candidates enrolled in both licensure and non-licensure programs.
Host Teacher/Administrator: The educator in whose classroom/school a candidate completes the practicum requirement.
University Supervisor: The professor/instructor overseeing the candidate’s practicum/course.
Student teaching is the capstone course that candidates will complete in a program that leads to initial teaching licensure. Student teachers will be placed in an accredited school and be assigned a Cooperating Teacher. Student teachers will complete their student teaching hours under the supervision of the cooperating teacher. Student teachers are required to complete a minimum 300 hours of student teaching in a full fifteen-week semester (attending all-day, every day). Of these hours, 150 will need to be direct teaching activities, while the remaining 150 can be indirect teaching hours.
Note: Student teaching is completed only by candidates enrolled in licensure programs.
Cooperating Teacher (CT): The teacher in whose classroom a candidate completes the student teaching requirement. The Cooperating Teacher is required to have a current initial teaching license in the student teacher’s endorsement area and must have at least three years’ teaching experience.
On-Site Mentor (OSM): The educator serving as the mentor for a candidate completing the student teaching requirement in his/her full-time, contractual teaching position, as approved by the School of Education’s Field Office. The On-Site Mentor is required to have a current license and must have at least three years’ teaching experience.
University Supervisor: The professor/instructor overseeing and observing the candidate’s student teaching experience/course.
Note: Candidates completing placement outside the Central Virginia area are virtually supervised by the University Supervisor with the in-class observations and evaluations being completed by the On-Site Supervisor.
On-Site Supervisor (OSS): The educator serving alongside the University Supervisor to monitor and observe the student teacher for placements outside of the Central Virginia area. The On-Site Supervisor is required to have a master’s degree in education or a related field, a current license, and must have at least three years’ teaching experience.
Internships are the capstone courses of advanced licensure programs where candidates work alongside a professional in their chosen endorsement area for a significant amount of time (hour requirements can vary by program) in order to gain the practical skills needed for their license and career advancement.
Note: Internship is completed only by candidates enrolled in licensure programs.
On-Site Supervisor (OSS): The educator in whose classroom/school a candidate completes the internship requirement. The On-Site Supervisor is required to have a master’s degree, a current license in the intern’s endorsement area, and must have at least three years’ experience.
University Supervisor: The professor/instructor overseeing the candidate’s internship experience/course.
If you are serving as a Cooperating Teacher or Internship Mentor/Supervisor for a licensure candidate, please print the appropriate packet below. Instructions for completing the paperwork are included in the packet.
This stipend is paid as a course fee by the student teacher or intern. If the Cooperating Teacher or Internship Mentor/Supervisor chooses not to request the stipend, a refund is not provided to the student.
Placement Questions/Concerns – Please direct placement concerns and feedback to the candidate’s University Supervisor.