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Master Teachers Program

Master Teachers



Professional Development


Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Traditional Student Teaching with a Cooperating Teacher

Traditional student teachers participate in a one-semester student teaching experience under the supervision of a credentialed, experienced cooperating teacher.

Student Teaching Requirements

Traditional student teaching lasts a minimum of 15 weeks and takes place during one semester. From time to time, the student teacher may be required to extend the experience in order to master all the competencies.

Preparatory Coursework

Traditional student teachers must have completed all of their SPED coursework prior to student teaching. (One course may be completed during the student teaching experience.) They are expected to have a solid understanding of all the basic skills and competencies of the special education professional before beginning student teaching.

Assessment of Student Teachers

Observation Requirements

Traditional student teachers will be observed a minimum of 5 times during the semester by their University Supervisor, and 6 times by their Cooperating Teacher. The observer will fill out an Education Specialist Feedback Form, and discuss it with the student teacher before distributing the copies as indicated on the form. Informal observations and feedback should be conducted throughout both semesters as appropriate.

Expected Competencies


Traditional student teachers will be evaluated twice during the semester, by both their University Supervisor and their Cooperating Teacher.

Inclusive Experiences

Traditional student teachers must participate in at least 25 hours of observation/participation in an inclusive classroom during student teaching experience.

Other Expectations

Traditional student teachers are expected to observe and/or participate in assessment of students with disabilities, writing of IEPs, IEP meetings, SST meetings, and other responsibilities of the special educator during their student teaching experience.