The purpose of student teaching is to provide to the UTeach student a culminating experience that is sufficiently rich and deep in the expectations, processes, and rewards of teaching. Each UTeach Student Teacher’s characteristics and abilities are carefully considered along with the Cooperating Teacher’s teaching style and strengths when making placements. Our hope is that the complementary strengths of the UTeach Student Teacher and Cooperating Teacher will generate a synergism that benefits both people professionally.
Because UTeach students engage in numerous field experiences prior to the student teaching, it is expected that UTeach Student Teachers assume a teaching role very quickly in the semester and will begin to explore leadership opportunities beyond the classroom (e.g., attending conferences, publications, professional memberships, professional presentations). We have invested heavily in the preparation of each Student Teacher and are committed to ensuring their success as they enter this challenging experience.