In the student teaching semester, your role will change from an observer/participant to student teacher. During the second half of the semester before student teaching, Dominican University of California’s placement coordinator (San Rafael campus)/ lead supervisor (Ukiah Center) will arrange for all field placements and student teaching placements. Student teaching candidates do not negotiate their own field placements. The placement will have these characteristics:
1. Participate actively as a member of the school community in an elementary school for the full day for 15 weeks.
2. Participate in two different assignments. The first placement is nine weeks long; the second assignment is six weeks long.
3. Solo teach for at least three weeks.
a. In the first placement (nine weeks), assume full responsibility for at least three weeks, under the direction of a directing teacher;
b. In the second placement (six weeks), solo teach and/or team teach with the directing teacher.
4. Demonstrate professional conduct and obligations (see Professional Conduct and Obligations, Chapter 1).
5. Meet at least weekly with directing teacher to review lesson plans, reflect on instruction, and plan improvements.
6. Meet at least weekly with the resident supervisor or university supervisor to discuss planning, appropriate instructional strategies, and assessments, following an observation of a lesson.
7. You must student teach in classes where there are both English learners and students with special needs.