Cooperating Teachers

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Cooperating Teachers

Cooperating teachers serve as mentors, models and instructors to student teachers, and are one of TC's most valuable resources.  By welcoming a novice into their classroom, cooperating teachers demonstrate their willingness to:

  • guide student teachers in planning and implementing curriculum
  • support student teachers in developing their personal teaching style
  • encourage questions, open discussion and dialogue
  • monitor and assess the many aspects of each student teacher's growth
  • challenge, re-direct, question and explain according to the needs of the pre-service student

If you are a TC Cooperating teacher, thank you so much for your service!  Please explore this site to learn more about resources and benefits that are available to you.  




Cooperating Teacher Handbook 

This handbook provides resources and information you'll need to support student teachers in your role as Cooperating Teacher. 


OTE Benefits for Cooperating Teachers

The Office of Teacher Education offers TC tuition vouchers to Cooperating Teachers who host TC student teachers. This benefit encourages New York City teachers to explore course offerings here at TC, supports the funding of doctoral students who are also acting as cooperating teachers, and tightens the couplings between Teachers College and our partner schools. CT Vouchers are valid for only four semesters after the semester in which a CT hosted a student teacher.

If you are interested in applying for a CT Voucher, please read this document carefully!

Policies and Procedures for CT Tuition Vouchers

Do not complete this form until you have formally registered for a course through the myTC portal. For details on how to do this, including steps for applying to be a non-degree candidate, please see our Policies and Procedures for Tuition Vouchers document (above).

Tuition Voucher Request Form


We are pleased to announce a new benefit for Cooperating Teachers! Beginning in Spring 2019, CTs who have hosted a student teacher in one of the previous four semesters may apply for a full semester of access to the Teachers College Library system’s online resources. The Library system is able to grant access to 10 Cooperating Teachers per semester, and access will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis to Cooperating Teachers who meet the criteria for this opportunity.

If you are interested in applying for the TC Library Benefit, please read this document carefully!

CT Library Benefit Policies

Please do not complete this application until you have completed a semester of service as a Cooperating Teacher. See the CT Library Benefit Policies (above) for details.

CT Library Benefit Application

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