Student Teaching

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Student Teaching

The student teaching experience is intended to provide pre-service teachers with rich opportunities to:

  • ask important questions about teaching and learning
  • come to know children and adolescents by observing and interacting with them consistently over time
  • apply newly acquired knowledge, theories, strategies and models in a variety of contexts, within and across classrooms
  • experiment with, design and adapt practice in response to learners' varied needs

During the student teaching experience, pre-service teachers are guided, mentored and coached by two key individuals - the cooperating teacher and the university-based supervisor.

Student Teaching Resources

The Student Teacher Handbook provides you with valuable information that you need to know for both student teaching and applying for certification.  

Student Teacher Handbook

The Student Teaching Clearance Packet provides you with all the information you will need to be cleared by the Office of Teacher Education to start your student teaching semester.

Student Teaching Clearance Packet

The Record of Hours form is where you will keep track of you student teaching hours. It must be submitted at the end of each student teaching semester.

Students in the Early Childhood Program who are completing a practicum course may report their hours using our Early Childhood Practicum Form.


Record of Hours Form

TC Student Teaching Evaluation

The TC Student Teaching Evaluation was co-constructed by a team of teacher educators here at Teachers College, with the support of TC's Office of Accreditation and Assessment. It is a required final evaluation tool for student teachers in teacher education programs across the college; please consult your program's student teaching coordinator for details on the use of this tool in your program.

TC Student Teaching Evaluation

For Student Teaching Coordinators

If you are running an orientation for student teachers in your program, feel free to use or adapt the Office of Teacher Education’s Introduction to Student Teaching Powerpoint!

Essential Information for Student Teachers

Essential information to help you navigate the student teaching experience from start to finish.

Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) Program

The purpose of TOC is to increase the participation rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers.

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