Traditional student teachers participate in two-semester supervised fieldwork and student teaching experiences, under the supervision of an experienced, single subject credentialed Supervising Mentor Teacher (aka Master Teacher) in a public school. One semester of fieldwork is in a middle school setting, and the second semester is in a high school setting, or the reverse.
Student Teaching Requirements
- First semester. Traditional student teachers complete a 20-week supervised fieldwork assignment for one hour a day at the school site.
- Second semester. Traditional student teachers complete a 20-week supervised student teaching assignment for 3 hours a day plus one of conference and planning.
Traditional student teachers complete their supervised fieldwork and student teaching experiences concurrently with the requisite coursework in the single subjects credential program.
- First semester. Traditional student teachers will be formally observed a minimum of 4 times by their University Supervisor and work daily with their Supervising Mentor Teacher (aka Master Teacher).
- Second semester. Traditional student teachers will be formally observed a minimum of 6 times by their University Supervisor and work daily with their Master Teacher.
- 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 single subject credentialed teacher. The student teachers are expected to assume full responsibility for all matters related to teaching from the beginning of the student teaching 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 Secondary Education Department’s evaluation forms, which are available ONLINE at http://www.csun.edu/education/sed/student_teaching/forms/index.html. Please consult the evaluation 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 the Secondary Education student teaching coordinator assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 677-2580.
During the two semesters of student teaching, traditional student teachers are to gain experiences in working with diverse learners, English learners, and students with special needs. 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.