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The adolescence education student teaching experience is the final phase of the teacher preparation program, typically completed in senior year. The student teaching experience is invaluable, ideally an experience where the cooperating teacher, student teacher and the University supervisors work collegially and cooperatively to prepare the student teacher for employment in a middle or high school. It is imperative that student teachers continually strive to establish and maintain a dynamic, comfortable and positive relationship with the cooperating teacher by:
STUDENT TEACHING HOURS
The hours normally range from the opening of the school day (approximately 7:30 a.m.) to 12:45 p.m. and later if possible; and from the first day of the semester to the day before final exams (study day).
Some schools require students to remain for the entire school semester and we encourage students to continue in this experience.
ROLE OF THE STUDENT TEACHER
It is strongly recommended that the student teacher participates from the beginning of the school day, including after-school meetings, conferences and activities whenever appropriate. Student teachers should take advantage of every opportunity to participate.
The responsibilities of the student teacher are: