Cooperating teachers serve as mentors, models and instructors to student teachers; they are one of TC's most valuable resources. By welcoming a novice into their classroom (remotely or in-person), cooperating teachers demonstrate their willingness to:
During the 2020-2021 academic year, we are more committed than ever to our partnership with our Cooperating Teachers; we recognize the challenges of teaching and learning across a variety of formats, and we are proud to be able to support those initiatives through the work of our student teachers, student teaching supervisors, TC teacher education community events, and more. 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.
This handbook provides resources and information you'll need to support student teachers in your role as Cooperating Teacher.
For every semester in which you host a student teacher, please complete the survey below to fufill college accreditation purposes.
In addition to the two benefits described below, Cooperating Teachers receive the benefit of invitations to TC events that are open to the entire TC education community! If you are a TC cooperating teacher and you believe that you have not been receiving emails about events and other benefits, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that you are added to our mailing list.
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!
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).
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!
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.
Teachers College adheres to several Cooperating Teacher eligibility requirements, which reflect city and state guidelines:
In addition, many TC programs adhere to additional program-level requirements for Cooperating Teacher eligibility. Please note that for the 2020-2021 academic year, New York State has extended flexibility to our teacher education programs, allowing student teachers to address their student teaching requirements through remote, blended, and in-person formats. This allows our student teachers to meaningfully support partner classrooms as they take up a variety of formats across the year. If you are interested in hosting a TC student teacher, please reach out to email@example.com.