Traditional student teachers participate in two-semester supervised fieldwork and student teaching experiences, under the supervision of an experienced, multiple subject credentialed Supervising Mentor Teacher (aka. Master Teacher) in a public elementary school.
Student Teaching Requirements
- First semester. Traditional student teachers complete an 8-week, half-day supervised student teaching assignment during the morning hours, focusing on reading/language arts/ELD and mathematics.
- Second semester. Traditional student teachers complete a 9-week, full-day supervised student teaching assignment focusing on history-social sciences and science, in addition to the reading/language arts/ELD and mathematics.
Traditional student teachers complete their supervised fieldwork and student teaching experiences concurrently with the requisite coursework in the multiple subjects credential program.
- First semester. Traditional student teachers will be formally observed a minimum of 5 times by both their University Supervisor and their Supervising Mentor Teacher (aka. Master Teacher).
- Second semester. Traditional student teachers will be formally observed a minimum of 5 times by their Supervising Mentor Teacher (aka. Master Teacher) and their University Supervisor.
The observers will complete an Observation Form (NCR) for each of the specified formal observations, and discuss it with the student teacher before distributing the copies as noted on the form. Informal observations and post-observation conferences should be conducted throughout both semesters as appropriate.
- By the end of the first semester, Traditional student teachers are expected to have begun to develop skills in teaching and classroom management. They should be skilled at working with students one-on-one, facilitating small groups, and planning and teaching small or whole group lessons.
- By the end of the second semester, Traditional student teachers are expected to demonstrate the competencies required of a beginning teacher as reflected in the 6 domains of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and the 13 Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs). They should be able to plan and implement all of the instructional, assessment and management responsibilities of a multiple subject credentialed teacher. The student teachers are expected to assume full responsibility for all matters related to teaching during the last two weeks of the 9-week assignment.
Formal evaluation of Traditional student teachers will be conducted twice during each semester of student teaching--midterm and final—by both the University Supervisor and the Supervising Mentor Teacher (aka. Master Teacher), using the department’s Classroom Teaching Profile (CTP), which is available ONLINE. Please consult the CTP forms for detailed explanations of minimum passing score requirements for the midterm and the final evaluation of student teaching.
- Passwords and links for ONLINE evaluations are sent out to University Supervisors and Supervising Mentor Teachers (aka. Master Teachers) by email twice each semester—two weeks before midterm and final evaluation due dates. For further information about passwords, please contact Downie Hiek, the Teacher Education Assistant, at 818 677-3183.
During the two semesters of student teaching, traditional student teachers are to gain experiences in working with diverse learners, English learners, children with special needs, and emergent and developing readers and writers. In addition, student teachers are also expected to attend IEP meetings, SST meetings, and other assessment and/or professional development meetings shadowing their Supervising Mentor Teachers.