Program standards require that all multiple/single subject candidates have a “substantive experience in public school classrooms that includes whole-group instruction.” For most candidates, this experience includes observation and preparation for student teaching and the student teaching experience itself. For most candidates, Dominican’s responsibilities for this public school experience include securing appropriate school placements. These placements occur during the academic year (fall semester and spring semester). A few candidates, based on his/her individualized academic plan, choose to use paid teaching in a non-public/private school (religious or independent). In order to meet program standards, these candidates must also complete a public school experience; typically this public school experience occurs during the summer. These candidates are placed by Dominican’s placement coordinator, using these guidelines:
1. Daily journal reflections on the candidate’s teaching experience, what his/her students are learning and how they know that;
2. Weekly observation notes from his/her school site supervisor (the classroom teacher or school administrator);
3. Weekly observation notes from his/her university supervisor;
4. Final evaluation form, Form #9 or Form #10, completed by the school site supervisor (the classroom teacher or school administrator) and his/her university supervisor.
5. Complete documentation must be submitted to the program chair within two weeks of the completion of the summer session.