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. It includes teaching, conferencing, preparing and observing.
2. It follows the public school semester (not Dominican’s), beginning on the first day of the public school semester and lasting until the final day of that semester.
3. You must student teach in two different courses, each of which is supervised by a different directing teacher.
4. You must teach courses in which there are both English learners and students with special needs so that you can easily complete the differentiated instruction required in the CalTPA. If your student placement is in a school that does not meet this criteria your auxiliary placement will be at a school that meets this criteria.
5. You will not be placed in “challenging” assignments as a student teacher. “Challenging” assignments include AP or Honors classes.
6. You will arrange your schedule so that you can meet weekly with your directing teachers and university supervisor. This means that
7. You will complete an auxiliary teaching placement during the student teaching semester along with your two periods of student teaching. This auxiliary assignment provides you with an opportunity to get involved in another aspect of school life: yearbook, school newspaper, drama, clubs, ELD classes, tutoring, counseling, etc. (You may think about this as an opportunity to add experience and expertise to your repertoire.) This assignment must have these characteristics:
8. Demonstrate professional conduct and obligations (see Professional Conduct and Obligations, Chapter 1).
9. Your seminar leader/ supervisor must approve any exceptions.