Distant Student Teaching Placement Application Process
Student Teacher Advisory Council (STAC)
Student teaching is a very important part of a teacher’s training. Mansfield University recognizes the importance of supporting students through quality supervision during this critical learning phase. The University’s distant student teaching placements are rich, diverse educational learning sites. However, due to the distance between the University and these settings, supervision is hindered and University support limited. As a result, any student interested in student teaching in a distant setting, i.e. a placement that is outside of the University supervision guidelines (Australia, Arizona, and Philadelphia) must receive special permission from the Student Teaching Advisory Council (STAC). STAC will review student applications in an effort to ensure that each candidate chosen for distant placement is a strong teacher candidate and will be successful without the usual University supervision. In addition, STAC is look for individuals who are mature, have had travel experience, can adapt and excel in a diverse setting, and are willing to embrace the financial and additional time commitments a unique placement will demand. Please note that acceptance is not guaranteed. Even after STAC has approved a candidate for a distant student teaching placement, the candidate must successfully complete the first, local student teaching assignment and maintain all gates, University requirements, including dispositions. In other words, acceptance into a distant student teaching placement is an on-going review.
At Least One Year in Advance:
Meeting Date __________________________
Certification Officer Validation ______________________________
At Least 6 Months in Advance Students Will:
Date of Interview___________________________________________________
**Please note that a distant placement will be canceled (regardless of pre-existing accommodations) if the student teacher is not exhibiting a “B+” in the first half of student teaching. Approval is an on-going process, and each candidate must continue to meet all requirements of the gates, dispositions, and University and Department guidelines throughout the semester in order to maintain the distant placement.
Cooperating Teacher ___________________________ Date_________________
University Supervisor___________________________ Date ________________
STAC’s Final Recommendation: Approved Declined
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