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Guidelines for Cooperating Teachers hosting SIUE Student Teachers

School Calendar/Attendance

SIUE student teachers will begin their experience on the first day of the University's semester. The student teacher follows the school calendar and holidays of the cooperating school and is obligated to assume the same types of duties as the cooperating teachers in such areas as times of reporting to the school and leaving the building, class schedules, samples of teacher duties, faculty meetings, institute days and parent meetings. They are excused from the responsibilities to attend the University for student teaching seminars and final exams.

Student teachers are expected to follow the procedures prescribed by the cooperating school for reporting absences because of illness. Continuation after an extended illness will be determined on an individual basis. Personal time must be cleared well in advance of the event with the cooperating teacher and university supervisor. The student teacher is obligated to notify university supervisor and cooperating teacher of all absences and reasons for them.

The responsibilities to be assumed by the student teacher fall under the guidance and leadership of the cooperating teacher, in consultation with the university supervisor. The typical progression includes a general orientation to the school, acceptance of responsibilities as a teacher's aide for individual students or small groups and, as soon as possible, responsibilities for the entire class.

The student teacher, cooperating teacher, and the university supervisor shall decide jointly when the student teacher is ready for increased responsibility, but all should recognize that the student's handling of a class of pupils is an indispensable phase of the assignment, holding open the possibility of short-term experiences for which the student teacher is qualified elsewhere in the school.

While independence of performance is a goal, the student teacher will be under the direction and guidance of a regular teacher at all times. When absent from the classroom, the cooperating teacher must be within calling distance and his or her whereabouts be known.

A full-time assignment necessitates full attention by the student teacher. Other course work or university activities are allowed only by special permission and are generally discouraged. Interference with the student teacher's acceptable performance should be reported to the university supervisor immediately.

Relations with the University Supervisor

The university supervisor's responsibility is to assist in the development of a program for the student teacher. Background information about the student teacher's academic qualifications and experiences is provided on the student teaching application form sent to the school. Additional information may be obtained through the university supervisor.

Visits are made to the cooperating school to observe classes, confer with student teachers and cooperating schools and evaluate the work. The university supervisor is on call at all times, if necessary, through Student Services. Guidelines to supervisors suggest a visit every two weeks under normal circumstances.

The student teacher's first responsibility is to the children in the school. They also have responsibility to the cooperating teacher and the University. If complications arise, the student teacher is to consult with the university supervisor or the Director of University School Partnerships.

Evaluation

Responsibility for the evaluation of student teaching is shared as follows: (1) The student teacher evaluates his or her own effectiveness; (2) The cooperating teacher evaluates the progress of the student teacher in working with children; and (3) The university supervisor also evaluates the performance of the student teacher. The university supervisor's responsibility is to submit a final grade of Pass or Fail, based on all elements of the evaluation process.

The cooperating teacher and the university supervisor submit the final Student Teaching Evaluation forms that become a permanent record in the student's file.

Tuition-Free Courses

As part of the partnership agreement between the University and the cooperating school district, tuition waivers for each student teacher are issued to the cooperating teacher based on the amount of time a student is required to be in the classroom, to be used within 4 terms following the semester of student teaching. The tuition waivers will be mailed to the host school at the end of the semester. Tuition waivers issued for student teaching placements will be mailed when the University receives the final student teaching evaluation.

Tuition waiver policy

Tuition waivers for coursework at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are awarded according to the following guidelines:

1. Tuition waivers will be awarded in semester hour increments depending upon the requirements of the various field experiences: observations, pre-student teaching clinical practice, 8-week student teaching placements and 15-week student teaching placements.

2. Building principals, by their request only, will be awarded a 3-semester hour waiver for hosting 5 or more teacher education candidates in their building per year.

3. Waivers are disbursed when the cooperating professional returns any required evaluation forms, or in the case of field observations, a signed clock hour sheet is submitted to Student Services.

4. Waivers are valid for four terms following the semester in which the student placement occurred. For example, if a waiver were issued for a student placement in the Fall of 2004 the waiver could be used for coursework taken in Spring, Summer, Fall of 2005 and Spring of 2006. No extensions will be granted under any circumstances. Lost waivers cannot be replaced.

5. Tuition waivers cover tuition only. The enrolling student must pay other fees.

6. Waivers are issued to cooperating, licensed professionals for use by the recipient and only transferable under the following specific guidelines:

  • Teachers not able to use a waiver issued to them should surrender it to their building principal.
  • If the waiver has not expired, the principal may transfer the waiver to another licensed employee in that school district by completing Section III of the Tuition Waiver Form.
  • The waiver holder must bring the completed Tuition Waiver Form to School of Education Student Services or the University Service Center when they wish to pay their tuition bill.

7. Only licensed district employees, that is, teachers and administrators, who have been admitted to the university as graduate students, may use tuition waivers. The waivers apply only to graduate-level course work. Tuition waivers may not be used for doctoral level programs.

8. Waivers that have been sold, altered, or fraudulently transferred will not be honored and the enrolling student will be billed for the full tuition and fees.

Verification and issuance of tuition waivers will be by:

Director, School of Education Student Services
School of Education
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Box 1062
Edwardsville, IL 62026