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  1. Student Teaching Application Process Dr. Rodney H. Clarken Director of Field Experiences and Professor School of Education Northern Michigan University

  2. Two semesters before student teaching, teacher candidates should attend the student teaching application meeting from 12:00 to 12:50, the third Tuesday of October or February in Whitman Commons. complete the online pre-application in the Education tab on their MyNMU site or at © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  3. Student Teaching Pre-application Requires candidates to complete information and to read and agree to the “Student Teaching Statement Of Understanding” which will be covered in the following slides along with explanations about the statements as needed. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  4. 1. Eligibility requirements I understand that I must meet all requirements for student teaching prior to student teaching and that if the Director of Field Experiences does not approve my student teaching application, I will not be given a student teaching assignment. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  5. Compliance with all of the stated admission and retention requirements. For example: Have a 2.70 GPA or above overall, in the major, minor(s), Professional Education Sequence and the planned program and required cognates combined where applicable, with no grade of C or lower and only one repeat allowed in each category (5 total) Submit an application for student teaching by the end of the second week of the semester prior to the semester that the student teaching is anticipated; © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  6. Removal of all “I” or “X” grades; A “C” or above in all education and specialized secondary methods courses; Completion of all course requirements in the student’s major and minor(s). Requests for exceptions of this requirement will be reviewed by the student’s advisor and the Director of Field Experiences ; © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  7. Satisfy the faculty that he/she possesses the knowledge, skills and attributes which are necessary and desirable for successful teaching…Students who are found to lack seriously the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes for effective teaching may be dismissed from Teacher Education. Maintain minimum standards of behavior as prescribed in the section addressing professional integrity. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  8. 2. Student teaching assignments I understand that all student teaching assignments are made by the School of Education and that the assignment is dependent upon the availability of suitable student teaching sites as determined by the School of Education. Student teaching assignments will not be made in the school district from which I have graduated, have close relatives involved, have children in the school district or have done significant subbing. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  9. Student teaching assignments will only be in approved sites which may not be available in areas requested. I will not attempt to make any part of these arrangements on my own initiative unless given permission by the Director of Field Experiences. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  10. Although the prospective student teacher may express a preference, the final decision as to type of assignment, geographical area, school system, grade level and teacher is made by the Director of Field Experiences in cooperation with university supervisors and schools. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  11. Full and split assignments Full: Normal assignment is sixteen weeks with one supervising teacher. Split: Generally eight weeks with one teacher, and the following eight weeks with another in another subject or grade. May also split among different teachers for part of the day throughout the semester. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  12. The advantages of full & split Full: can develop a longer term and more in-depth experience with a teacher and students. Split: has broader and more varied experiences with different teachers, grade levels, subjects and/or settings. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  13. Special education students Do the first eight weeks in their base certification area and the second eight weeks in a special education setting, along with a four week special education internship the May before their student teaching. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  14. Secondary education candidates will be interviewed by the advisor for their major who makes the recommendation for placement to the Director. are placed in the middle and/or high school in their majors, and if practical, in their minors, except physical education, art and music who may be assigned to a K-12 setting. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  15. Student teachers are assigned to selected schools in our area: the Upper Peninsula and Northeastern Wisconsin. out of area according to policies (see next slides). according to quality of placement, not financial considerations. Students may pay additional costs for some placements. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  16. Out of area eligibility requirements • An acceptable host institution and/or supervisor. • Students have a 3.0 or higher GPA in their major, minor and cumulative. • Faculty members approve the candidate for an out of area placement. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  17. Urban sites In Michigan: Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and NMU Charter schools in Flint and Pontiac Within four hours drive from Marquette: Green Bay and Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Chicago and other urban sites around the country © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  18. Rural sites Many sites throughout the area offer unique opportunities to teach in very small rural schools. For example, there are one and two room elementary schools in Toivola, Skanee, and Copper Harbor and several other schools that have less than 100 students, some within thirty miles of NMU, such as Autrain-Onota and Burt Township Public Schools. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  19. American Indian sites NMU Charter Schools in the Upper Peninsula: • Nah Tah Wahsh PSA (K-12), Hannahville, MI • Bahweting Anishnabe PSA (K-8), Sault Ste Marie, MI Other sites: • We are able to place student teacher in schools on several reservations around the country. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  20. Alternative sites • NMU Charter School: North Star Academy and Polaris Middle School (7-12), Marquette, MI • Marquette Area Public Schools Alternative Education Program (9-12) • Other sites are available in and out of the area © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  21. Parochial and Private sites • A number of Catholic schools serve as sites throughout the area • Other religiously affiliated and independent private sites are available © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  22. Ethnically/Racially diverse sites in area Nearby school sites with % minority populations and miles from NMU • Munising: 21%, 45 miles • Lanse: 26%, 67 miles • Baraga: 43%, 70 miles • Hannahville: 78%, 78 miles © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  23. Ethnically/Racially Diverse sites out of area Candidates interested in working with culturally and racially diverse students to further develop a multicultural and global perspective, may apply to student teach in any school with 20% or more minority population. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  24. Sites with low income and exceptional students Most of the sites in our area have a high percentages of low income and exceptional students. For example, Marquette Public Schools, where all NMU candidates do field experiences, has 21% economically disadvantaged students and 17% students with disabilities. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  25. Paid internships sites in selected schools throughout Wisconsin paid a minimum stipend of $4,500 per 18 week semester no more than 50 percent of the workload of a full-time teacher, the rest like student teaching interviewed and selected based on high admission standards working under the guidance of an experienced cooperating teacher see: © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  26. International sites Europe & Asia: Department of Defense England: Ecuador: New Zealand: Mexico, Australia, China, Russia and other sites around the world are also options. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  27. Advantages of Student Teaching Overseas • Students may be eligible to use most types of financial aid for their study abroad costs. • Tuition is applied toward overseas program costs. • International experiences that will enrich your career and life. For more info contact NMU International Affairs Office © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  28. Marriage policy Candidates may student teach where spouse is employed according to availability of student teaching placements, supervision and other policies. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  29. 3. Housing I understand that I am responsible for securing living accommodations. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  30. 4. Working I understand that I am to keep myself free of campus and work responsibilities during weekdays while student teaching to allow for a full-time commitment to teaching, but that I may work Friday 6:00 p.m. until Sunday 6:00 p.m. However, I may be asked to terminate such work should the activities interfere with my performance in student teaching. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  31. 5. Taking courses I understand that I will not be permitted to enroll in courses other than student teaching, the student teaching seminar, classroom management and multicultural education during the semester I am student teaching, unless I have written permission from the Director of Field Experiences. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  32. 6. Application due I understand that it is my responsibility to submit all materials for the application for student teaching in complete and accurate form by the second Friday of the semester before I student teach, or I may not be assigned. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  33. 7. Address change I understand that it is my responsibility to keep the Office of Field Experiences informed of any address, phone number, name and/or status change. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  34. 8. Ineligibility I understand that it is my responsibility to report to the Director of Field Experiences, as soon as possible, any grade or matter which would make me ineligible for student teaching. Failure to do so may result in denial to student teach. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  35. 9. Withdrawal I understand that it is my responsibility to notify the Director of Field Experiences in writing at least 30 days in advance of my student teaching if I decide to withdraw my application for student teaching. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  36. 10. MTTC Basic Skills I must pass the MTTC Basic Skills Tests before I can student teach. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  37. 11. MTTC Subject Areas & CPR I understand that I must pass the appropriate MTTC subject area tests, CPR and First Aid training before I will be certified and that some states have additional requirements for teacher certification. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  38. 12. Record keeping I understand that the School of Education may only keep Teacher Education records for one year. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  39. 13. Legal convictions I understand that I am responsible for notifying the Director of Teacher Education Student Services of any legal convictions between now and the completion of my program. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  40. Application and eligibility requirements completed after the announced deadline may jeopardize the chances for a placement, as well as the location and/or grade level preference requested by the applicant. © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  41. Your application information will be sent to a school the semester before you student teach, requesting a placement for you. Information about your placement will be emailed to you as soon as we get it and can be found at © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  42. We will keep you informed via your NMU email about • your student teaching application process • placement information • future meetings • additional requirements • potential jobs © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  43. By the second Friday of the semester before student teaching, teacher candidates must submit their application for student teaching online on the Education tab at MyNMU ( A Student Teaching Orientation Meeting will be held near the end of the semester prior to your student teaching to help prepare you. (A web cast of an earlier meeting is also available at the Student Teaching website.) © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006

  44. Information for Student Teaching @ Secretary: Tracy VanAbel, 227-2160, School of Education, 179 Whitman Hall, NMU, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855 Director: Rodney Clarken, 227-1881, 179D Whitman Hall, © Rodney H. Clarken, 2006