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Student Teaching Application
Placement Information & AmeriCorps
Requirements & Resources for Student Teachers, Cooperating Teachers, and University Supervisors

 

Student Teaching Application

Fall 2014

For more detailed information about the student teaching placement process, please refer to the Student Teacher Application Handbook, the Licensure Application PowerPoint , and the Student Eligibility PowerPoint.

Please examine the following statements carefully. We assume these statements to be true at the time of your application. If there are any statements you cannot confirm as true, you are obligated to inform us immediately:

  1. You have never been convicted of a felony.
  2. We have your permission to release your name and contact information to prospective employers in school districts, should they contact us looking for potential applicants.
  3. You are (or will be) registered properly and in a timely fashion for EDUC 4513 Education & Practice, and for your student teaching hours.
  4. You are prepared to travel to the location, time and day your University Supervisor establishes for your EDUC 4513 seminars. (Your input about this location, time, and day may or may not be sought out.)
  5. We have your permission to release your transcripts to any schools requesting them as part of the student teaching application process.

We ask our student teaching applicants to electronically submit the information below in one email with one attachment. Please do not send your materials in separate e-mails. Please do not send your materials in multiple attachments. You should combine all of your materials into one large document, and send one attachment to studentteach@colorado.edu .

Deadline January 31, 2014, 5:00 p.m. If your application is ready, please send it in before the deadline.

Your application will not be considered complete without the following:

In the subject of your email, include:

"Student Teaching Application Fall 2014– FirstName LastName"

In the body of your email, include:

  • a list of school choices (three for Elementary or Secondary, six for K-12 Music); please include the School NameDistrict and the cooperating teacher (full name) you are requesting. (See Placement Information below.)
  • Combine the following as one attachment (file name "LastName_FirstName", formatted as a PDF) to your email.
  • a COVER PAGE (see Handbook for example)
  • a résumé, which should include previous work history, previous experience with children or students in the age group they will be licensed to teach, and any language skills you bring to the classroom;
  • two short narratives which answer the following:
    • Describe the factors that influenced your decision to pursue a career in teaching.
    • What are your three goals for your student teaching experience? How will student teaching help you achieve those goals?
  • a content area course history (secondary and music only).

Please note, your application information will not be proofread or corrected by the Office of Student Services. We will submit your information to schools EXACTLY as you submit it to us, regardless of typographical or grammatical errors.

To appeal a denied school/Cooperating Teacher placement request, please fill out the School of Education Petition Form.

For any questions, please contact Barb Spriggs, Director of Student Teaching

Placement Information & AmeriCorps

The School of Education often partners with the following districts. Contact information is provided here in order to assist with your research in requesting placement preferences.

See below for information on the AmeriCorps scholarship as participating in this program requires that you student teach in an AmeriCorps qualified school.

Partner Districts

Colorado Department of Education Resources

AmeriCorps

Contact phone: (303) 492-7718

Service Learning and AmeriCorps 

Campus Compact of the Mountain West Website 

Student teachers who engage in serving K-12 students in qualified schools in the area may be eligible for an education scholarship. Note: Financial need is NOT a consideration for this scholarship.

CU Boulder AmeriCorps Scholarship Funding Eligibility:

In order to qualify as an appropriate site placement for the Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps program, a K-12 school must meet one of the following categories.
High need school defined by:

  • Title I status
  • Free and Reduced Lunch percentages (greater than or equal to 50%)
  • Statewide Academic Assessment Tests (low or unsatisfactory rating)**

Information on Title I status and Free and Reduced Lunch percentages can be obtained on the State Department website. 
**Please contact the Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office to determine if your school qualifies through statewide academic assessment tests.

Students may also qualify separately from the site placement if they are focusing their education service in one of the following specific academic areas:

  • Special Education
  • ESL/Bilingual Education

These academic areas have been defined both nationally and regionally as areas of critical teacher shortages for K-12 schools.

If you are involved in the following service activities, you may be eligible for a service scholarship:

  • Tutoring/mentoring K-12, including student teacher field placement in qualifying school
  • Community-based service addressing human needs
  • Community work study position in a local service agency
  • Participating in service or service-learning activities

How it works:

  • Students engage in service activities and report time and progress to the Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office
  • The hours accumulate over the course of 12 consecutive months
  • At the end of the service, students exit the program and receive the education scholarship
  • There are four scholarship amounts, correlating to four  different service terms:
    1. 300 hours (over 12 consecutive months) - $1,175
    2. 450 hours (over 12 consecutive months) - $1,468
    3. 675 hours (over 12 consecutive months) - $2,114
    4. 900 hours (over 24 consecutive months) - $2,775

What is an education award? The voucher is not cash or a check. It can only be paid to a qualified institution of learning for one of the following:

  • Repay qualified student loans
  • Pay tuition
  • Save for future educational expenses for 7 years

Requirements & Resources for Student Teachers, Cooperating Teachers, and University Supervisors

Below, please find information and forms pertaining to the student teaching semester.

We recommend that student teachers, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors review all the documents and read the handbooks carefully, as many of your concerns or questions may be addressed.

Handbooks:

The student teacher, cooperating teacher, and university supervisor should read both of these handbooks in preparation for the student teaching semester.

  • Professional Practice in Student Teaching (Student Teaching Handbook) 
    This handbook outlines the student teacher's role and responsibilities for the student teaching semester and contains information to facilitate the student teaching experience.
     
  • Mentoring Your Student Teacher 
    This handbook outlines the role and responsibilities for the student teaching semester. This handbook contains information, suggestions, and activities to facilitate the student teacher, cooperating teacher, and university supervisor triad.

Required Forms:

  • Student Teacher's In-School Schedule (Required)
    The student teacher may copy the cooperating teacher's in-school daily/weekly schedule or use this form for the benefit of both the ST and the University Supervisor. The in-school schedule will provide the supervisor with important information about the teaching day. Supervisors use this to plan visits—should a deviation from this schedule occur (e.g., an assembly, teacher in-service day, etc.), the ST should notify the supervisor.
     
  • Observation Records (Required)
    Three different formats are available (Form A (.pdf) (.doc), Form B (.pdf) (.doc), Form C (.pdf) (.doc) for use by the university supervisor (required) and cooperating teacher (optional).
     
  • Quality Responsive Classroom Form (QRC) (Alternative Protocol)
    The QRC is an alternate program-approved observation protocol that focuses on student and teacher actions/interactions as well as classroom climate. Supervisors who have completed a QRC training session may request and use this observation tool for student teaching observations.
     
  • Student Teaching Standards Verification Form (Required)
    This form is a place to record progress toward and eventual verification of satisfying Performance-Based Standards for Colorado Teachers. It is the responsibility of the cooperating teacher and student teacher to keep this form and update it on a regular basis. The university supervisor may add to it during observations.

    At the mid-assignment/assessment/growth plan conference, the supervisor, cooperating teacher, and student teacher collaboratively document progress toward satisfying standards and set growth plan goals.

    At the final conference, the supervisor and student teacher ensure all standards have been satisfied. All areas must receive a rating of 3 by the final assessment in order for the student teacher to be recommended for licensure.

    The supervisor submits a completed form to the Office of Student Services. This form is retained in the student teacher's permanent file.
     

  • edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) Handbook
    edTPA Handbook and Templates will be emailed directly to you. 
     

 

    • edTPA Release Form to CU (.pdf) (.docx)
      Print, sign, and scan this document and include it on your edTPA DVD submitted to your university supervisor. Through this form, you give permission for CU to share your work with other faculty and students at CU. Just as you benefit from seeing exemplars of student work in learning to teach, so, too, do CU's teacher education faculty benefit from sharing and discussing exemplars of your work to reflect on CU's program and their work as faculty.
       
  • Final Student Teacher Assessment (Required) (.pdf) (.doc)
    Please complete the final evaluation form and/or letter of recommendation. You may include your evaluation on the letter of recommendation. If you write a letter of recommendation instead of using the final evaluation form, use university letterhead. If you send a letter, please include the final evaluation form with information at top and signatures at the bottom of form. You will need to collect the cooperating teacher's evaluation form or letter of recommendation and turn them in to the Office of Student Services.
     
  • Final Evaluations (Required):
     
    • ​For Student Teachers: Student Teacher Evaluation of Cooperating Teacher
      We are interested in obtaining feedback from you about the effectiveness of your Cooperating Teacher. An on-line assessment link will be sent by email near the end of the semester (first Monday in December for fall placements and first Monday in May for spring placements). The authors of evaluations will remain anonymous.
       
    • For Student Teachers: Student Teacher Evaluation of University Supervisor
      We are also interested in obtaining feedback from you about the effectiveness of your supervisor. An on-line assessment link will be sent by email near the end of the semester (first Monday in December for fall placements and first Monday in May for spring placements). After grades are submitted, overall results will be shared with the supervisors. The authors of evaluations will remain anonymous.
       
    • For Cooperating Teachers: Cooperating Teacher Evaluation of University Supervisor
      An on-line assessment link will be sent by email at the end of the semester (first Monday in December for fall placements and first Monday in May for spring placements). The authors of evaluations will remain anonymous.
       
    • For University Supervisors: University Supervisor Evaluation of Cooperating Teacher
      An on-line assessment link will be sent by email near the end of the semester (first Monday in December for fall placements and first Monday in May for spring placements). The authors of evaluations will remain anonymous.

Recommended Documents to Facilitate a Successful Semester: