Prospective Cooperating Teachers
Greetings from the Department of Education at North Central University! We are a four year accredited university located downtown Minneapolis in the heart of Elliot Park. We offer accredited teacher licensure programs for Communication Arts (5-12), Social Studies (5-12), Mathematics (5-12), Vocal Music (K-12), and grades K-6 with an endorsement in grades 5-8 Communication Arts, Mathematics, or Social Studies. We are also in the process of adding a licensure program for Instrumental Music (K-12).
We are so glad you are considering working with our students. I am sure you will find that we have some of the finest students in the Twin Cities area. As you consider becoming a cooperating teacher, here are a few benefits you can expect:
Benefits of Being a Cooperating Teacher:
- Mentor a pre-service teacher
- Clock hours for re-certification
- Gift certificate remuneration for clinical cooperating teachers
- Monetary remuneration for student teaching cooperating teachers
So how can you help? The following is a brief introduction to our pre-service experiences.
Freshman / Sophomore Year
Foundations Field Experience
Students who have declared Education as their major volunteer one semester for 15-20 hours at area schools assisting one-on-one with students to determine if education is a good fit for them. These students have not yet applied or been accepted into our Education program nor have they had any teaching methods courses. Cooperating teachers give students opportunities to help students one-on-one or in small groups with reading, tutoring, or seatwork.
Clinical I (Fall semester) & Clinical II (Spring semester)
Each clinical experience consists of six days spent in a classroom setting with an experienced cooperating teacher. The clinical students are expected to participate in all areas of classroom responsibility including:
-- teaching lessons assigned by the classroom teacher
-- attending meetings
-- correcting papers
-- all other daily activities of the classroom teacher
The cooperating teacher, along with the university supervisor, helps to guide, assist, and evaluate the pre-student teacher. Keep in mind that Clinical I is the first time that a student has been given the responsibility to teach a lesson in the school setting. The cooperating teacher can expect to mentor and guide the student, who is at the novice level.
Clinical III (Fall semester): Same as Clinical I & II. Cooperating teachers can expect a higher level of skill and experience.
Student Teaching 1 & 2 (Spring or Fall semester, 4 - 10 weeks each): 4 - 10 weeks of integrating a pre-service teacher into your classroom, eventually giving them full leadership.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
If you are interested in working with us at North Central University, please confer with your school administrator and e-mail the following information to Jerilyn Bach, Education Placement Coordinator:
___ Yes, I am interested in hosting a pre-student teacher in my classroom
Thank you for your dedication to excellence in education.
Career Placement Coordinator
Phone: (612) 343-4781
Fax: (612) 343-4141