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1 Applying for Student Teaching Spring 2015
This is Ann Knipping, Director of the Educator Certification Office and Field Experiences. As you go through the power point, you may wish to stop and print off some of the documents we are talking about. You will find them on the ECU/ECI online website or Dr. Wendy McCarty’s Blackboard sites (for transitional certification program students).

2 Goals of this Session Review Student Teaching regulations
Explain the placement procedure Outline the application process Explain background checks Discuss the importance of a professional application Expectations from school districts Expectations during student teaching Answer questions This is what we will be going through in the power point. If you have questions, my contact information is at the end of the slides.

3 Contents of Folder Power Point presentation notes
Rules and Regulations concerning Student Teaching Sample Application and Personal Data Sheet Map of 100-mile radius area List of Partner Schools/Co-Teaching Flyer Tips for answering essay questions Praxis II Test information Background Check information Credential File information (optional) Checklist In the face-to-face workshops, each student receives a folder with these handouts. Yours will need to be printed off if you wish to have hard copies to look at as we continue.

4 Rules and Regulations for Student Teaching
Arranging your own placement is highly inappropriate and prohibited Students will not be assigned to a secondary school from which they graduated Students will not be assigned to a cooperating teacher who has taught the prospective teacher candidate as a student There is a sheet to print off entitled “Rule and Regulations.” You are allowed to visit with possible schools, but you do not arrange your own placement without visiting with myself. You may not be paid while student teaching.

5 Rules and Regulations (cont’d.)
Students cannot student teach in any school building where they have relatives in attendance Students will not be assigned to any school building where a relative is currently employed Students cannot student teach in any school district where a relative is a member of the School Board It is strongly encouraged that students NOT be employed during the student teaching semester. The student teaching semester is the busiest time you have had yet. We realize some people must work while student teaching, but try to limit your hours to weekends. You need to have enough time to keep up with the demands of student teaching. NOTE: ECU/ ECI students may be working half-days in a pre-school setting and may student teach the entire year while working.

6 Placement Procedures Applications for Fall are due in our office by the first Tuesday in February. For Spring by the first Tuesday in September You will be notified by UNK if your application is accepted or denied. Contracts are sent to principals or superintendents. Reminder calls are made. Second contracts are sent when schools are unable to comply with request. Once applications are received, they need to be checked for all requirements being met. This takes about 2 weeks. If you receive an denying your application, the reason will be given and how you can correct the issue. Once all student requests have been processed, the contracts are sent out to schools. This is where things slow down because some districts are very slow to respond. You will not know where you are student teaching until Thanksgiving (for spring) or the end of April (for fall).

7 Placement Packets You will be notified through UNK when your placement packet is ready in the Educator Certification Office. Included in the packet will be: Letter indicating your cooperating school and teacher(s) UNK registration information (register as soon as you get your packet—not before; see your advisor) Dates of placement Cooperating teacher packet(s) for YOU to deliver Reminder to notify Educator Certification Office of any failures/incompletes received You are required to meet with your cooperating teacher before the semester ends. When you receive your packet(s) in the mail, you may register on MyBlue; the correct section of TE400 or TE836 will be indicated on the information. Your advisor will need to lift the flag so you can register; contact him/her to do so.

8 On-line Application Available on the Educator Certification Office webpage Directions to Student Teaching Application form: Go to Click on Student Teaching Application about halfway down the page. Copy and paste into a Word document You must use Microsoft Word There is a sample of the application on the website if you want to print it off. Otherwise, click on the link to get to the actual application. You will need to make this slide full-screen (click on the tiny screen icon to the right) for the link to work.

9 Information for Application
Local and permanent address and phone number NU ID# UNK Loper Notes address Two emergency contact names, addresses, and phone numbers Your catalog date Your GPA Identified areas of endorsement (no student teaching required for minors or coaching endorsements) Three preferred school districts Name(s) of your advisor(s) and signature(s) (face-to-face students only) KEEP THE APPLICATION ON ONE PAGE ONLY! You will be able to send in your application materials without an advisor’s signature. This will be taken care of by UNK when your materials are received.

10 Acquiring Advisor’s Approval
If you have two advisors, both need to sign If you have any substitutions or waivers in your program, make certain your advisor has notified the registrar’s office Ask your advisor to check your degree audit Don’t wait until the last minute to seek your advisor’s signature Note for online students: the ECO will obtain your advisor’s signature when your application is received Your advisor will also check your degree audit.

11 How Long Will I Student Teach?
16 weeks for one subject endorsement, two subject endorsements at same grade level (not including ESL), one field endorsement, or one field and one subject endorsement (same content area and grade level, not including ESL) 20 weeks for two field endorsements, two subject endorsements at different grade levels, or one field and one subject in a different content area/grade level (not including ESL) 2 semesters for one field and two subject endorsements (not including ESL) If you are earning an ECU/ECI field endorsement, you will student teach 16 weeks. If you are earning one or two subject endorsements, you will student teach 16 weeks. If you are earning a field endorsement (Social Science) and a subject within that field (history), you will student teach 16 weeks.

12 Where Should I Student Teach?
UNK Partner Schools Alief School District in Houston, TX Consider your endorsement Consider a multicultural setting Be open to a new experience Get advice from your advisor There will be more information on the Partner Schools and Alief in the next slides. Be sure the choices you put down offer the program you are getting endorsed in. Check the school’s website to find out. The cooperating teacher must have 3 years of experience and be certified in the endorsement area.

13 Partnership Schools Co-Teaching model (see flyer)
Cooperating teachers trained in co-teaching methods Student teacher and cooperating teacher attend a pairs workshop together before semester begins Lessons are planned together and both are teaching in the classroom 90% of the time There are two handouts to look at for the Partnership Schools; one lists the schools and the other talks about co-teaching in these schools. Co-teaching training is offered to any cooperating teacher and student teacher pair within the partnership.

14 Student Teaching in Alief ISD (Houston, TX)
Over 80 languages spoken in the district Student teachers are paid $12.47/hour Help is provided to find housing Employment is nearly guaranteed, especially in secondary math & science All grade levels and subject areas eligible Background check paid for by district Must have 3.0 or higher GPA to apply Note: usually the calendar for Alief means students in 20-week placements will have to go back to finish after graduation Student teaching in Alief is a tremendous opportunity for UNK students to experience metropolitan living and a diverse student body. NOTE: ECU/ECI students are welcome to take advantage of this program, but we realize this may not be a possibility for you.

15 Student Teaching Outside of 100 Miles of Kearney
There will be an additional fee of $150 added to your tuition if you choose to student teach more than 100 miles from Kearney (within Nebraska) for mileage and supervision. This would include Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk, Ogallala, Sidney, and any school districts outside the circle on the map in your folder. There is a map indicating which school districts fall within the 100-mile area which you may look at. You are certainly allowed to student teach outside of this area. NOTE: online students do NOT pay the extra fee for going outside the 100-mile limit.

16 Student Teaching Out of State
If you have a compelling reason to student teach outside of Nebraska (other than Alief), you are responsible for: finding an appropriate placement (contact HR dept. at the school district) finding a university supervisor all fees connected with hiring a supervisor and paying a cooperating teacher, if required providing the Educator Certification Office with contact information for the school, the cooperating teacher, the university supervisor, and yourself seeing that all required paperwork is returned to the Educator Certification Office A meeting with the Director of Field Experiences is required. If you wish to go outside of Nebraska (other than Houston), you will need to visit with Ann Knipping, Director of Field Experiences, about your reasons. Much responsibility falls on your shoulders to arrange things. NOTE: online students are not required to meet face-to-face with the director.

17 Given to principals and superintendents when placement request is made
Personal Data Sheet Given to principals and superintendents when placement request is made Given to your cooperating teacher(s) when placement is finalized Given to your student teaching supervisor There is a sample of the personal data sheet to print off. It continues on pages 2 and 3 with the application.

18 Tips for Essay Questions on Personal Data Sheet
Personal Data Sheet must be kept to two pages Compose your answers in advance Check for grammar and spelling errors (use spell check) Ask someone to proof your essays Be brief, but complete Be honest Make sure you sign the second page! There is a handout on hints for answering the essay questions on this form. This is your introduction into the school district and to the possible cooperating teacher, so you want to be very professional and particular in your writing. Talk about your experiences with students/children.

19 Acquiring Your Transcripts
Requests are made to the Registrar’s Office on myBlue Please request only ONE, then make your own copies. BE SURE TO WHITE OUT YOUR SS# BEFORE COPYING! Request that they be sent to you after current semester’s grades are posted You will need to go on MyBlue to request one copy of your most current transcript. Have it sent to you after the semester’s grades are posted.

20 Accepted Applications
Admission to Teacher Education Program Submission of Application to Student Teaching Overall UNK GPA of 2.5 or higher (before catalog) or 2.75 A grade of “C” (2.0 GPA) or higher in TE 204 and TE 206. Satisfactory completion of the Case Study of a Lesson and a grade of C or above in TE 314, TE 472, TE 320, TESE 474, MUS 356, PE 471, OR ART 365 (program specific) Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 2 field experiences Satisfy any additional program-specific requirements (all courses completed) Apply for background check All required documents completed 1 copy of the Application 4 copies of the Personal Data Sheet for each endorsement 4 copies of your transcripts for each endorsement Note at the bottom: you will need to print one application, 4 personal data sheets, and 4 copies of transcripts for EACH endorsement. ECI would need 4.

21 Required Background Check
Nebraska State Department of Education now requires background checks for student teachers UNK uses OneSource-The Background Check Company Students must: Complete the online process required to initiate the background check ( to Quick Links at lower right, then Student Login, select UNK, then Student Teaching) Pay the $26.75 background check fee. (Payments are made directly to OneSource through PayPal.) Submit court papers to the Educator Certification Office for any type of misdemeanor or felony with the exception of MIP/DUI which occurred since the self-disclosure Rule 20/21 form was completed for admittance to TE There is an information sheet to look at which explains the background check. You will need to maximize this screen again for the link to work. Any infractions, other than MIP or DUI, must have court papers on file in the ECO. This is explained further on the handout.

22 Deadlines for background check requirements:
By the deadline for submitting your student teaching application, you must go online and complete the process to initiate the background check You must include court papers with your student teaching application or bring/send them to the ECO before you submit your application Failure to complete these requirements on time will result in the postponement of your student teaching semester Court papers must be send to the ECO (Educator Certification Office, 1615 W. 24th, Kearney, NE ) before student teaching can occur.

23 Praxis II U.S. Dept. of Education: assessment for “highly qualified”-----Praxis II Nebraska Department of Education requirement for certification May be taken at any time Go to the website below for times, locations, and information on which test(s) are required in Nebraska There is a handout on the Praxis II. You will need to pass the test to be certified. You will need to maximize the screen for the link to work. At this site you will find the Nebraska requirements for the tests you need to take. You will also register to take the test on this site.

24 Requirements During Student Teaching
Due Assessed by Blackboard Discussion Area Bi-weekly participation in discussions Checked bi-weekly Director of Field Experiences Case Study of a Classroom Format and directions on Blackboard Due at the end of the 4th week of placement for EACH endorse-ment. Use rubric for scoring (on Bb) (Start when you get your placement) University Supervisor These are the requirements during student teaching. They include the assessments you will be doing.

25 Requirements During Student Teaching
Due Assessed by Mid-term Self- Evaluation Completed by student teacher 4th-5th week of each student teaching placement (orange form and on Blackboard) Shared and reviewed by Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor Teaching Unit Plan Case Study Format and directions on Blackboard and Cooperating Teacher’s handbook At the end of each placement; if you have two endorsements, you will need to do two Unit Plan Case Studies Cooperating Teacher(s)

26 Requirements During Student Teaching
Due Assessed by Attendance at Student Teaching Seminar Details will be posted on Blackboard Director of Field Experiences Satisfactory Score on Final Evaluation Final evaluation will be scored using the rubric posted on Blackboard By the end of each placement One from University Supervisor and one from each cooperating teacher Note: you are required to attend the seminar on campus unless you are employed as a teacher or doing your student teaching outside of Nebraska. The fall seminar is usually the first Friday in September, and the spring seminar is usually the last Friday of January.

27 Using TaskStream TaskStream will be used for submitting your assessments during student teaching. You will need to SUBSCRIBE for a semester (RENEW subscription) and then ENROLL in the TE400 DRF for your endorsement(s) Directions will be provided on Blackboard. All assessments are submitted on TaskStream, so be sure your subscription will run through the semester.

28 During Student Teaching
Log on to Blackboard at least once a week. Keep us informed of any address or name change. Keep the Registrar’s Office informed of any address or name change. Apply for Graduation (undergraduates only) February 1st for Spring Commencement September 15th for Winter Commencement Check your account at least weekly Note: if you are in the transitional certification program or earning an initial certificate in ECU/ECI, you will NOT apply for graduation

29 Role of the Supervisor Supervisors will make initial contact within the first couple weeks of teaching. Supervisors will make a minimum of 5 formal observations. Supervisors and cooperating teachers will assist you in meeting requirements. Supervisors and cooperating teachers will complete your final evaluations. Your supervisor will not be someone you have worked with previously except in rare cases.

30 To access the handbook: Student Teaching Handbook online
KEEP A COPY OF ALL MATERIALS SUBMITTED TO OUR OFFICE Thank you for your time and attention. Best wishes for a successful student teaching experience Maximize the screen if you wish to access the Student Teaching Handbook. It includes all of the information for student teaching, supervising, being a cooperating teacher, the assessments, the rubrics, and regulations.

31 Director of Educator Certification Office
For Information: Ann Knipping Director of Educator Certification Office & Field Experiences C125, COE Building Mary Frew Office Associate C128, COE Building 1615 W. 24th, Kearney, NE 3/2014 If you have any questions about the student teaching process, please contact Ann Knipping or Mary Frew. ECU/ECI students may also contact Chilene Black or Dr. Mollenkopf. Transitional students may contact Chilene Black or Dr. McCarty.

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