School of Education
Student Teaching is a gradual introduction to teaching though a progression of experiences from observation, to participation, to teaching. During these experiences, cooperating teachers serve as mentors and models of professional practice for candidates. Through collaboration with cooperating teachers, candidates receive the support they need in order to create learning environments that are student-centered, knowledge-centered, and in which assessment is used to support learning and develop professional practice.
Candidates in the initial teacher education programs complete a 16 week supervised student teaching experience. Candidates are generally assigned two placements, each for a maximum of 8 weeks. Placements are at two developmental levels (i.e. lower grades / upper grades). Candidates are placed with cooperating teachers whose credentials match those for which the candidate is preparing. Candidates are also assigned a college supervisor whose credentials closely match those which the candidate seeks.
Cooperating teachers observe student teachers on a daily basis and provide formative evaluations of candidate performance during collaborative conferences. Additionally, college supervisors conduct a minimum of six observations, four of which are evaluative. Supervisors meet with candidates after each observation to provide constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Conferences among the supervisor, cooperating teacher, and candidate are scheduled regularly near the time of observations and are intended to support the development of the candidate’s use of reflection and self-evaluation for professional growth.
Students who have met the standards of the teacher education program and who have successfully completed student teaching may be recommended for certification. The final decision regarding recommendation is reserved to the dean of the School of Education in consultation with the faculty.
For more information, contact Christine Markham, Director of Clinical Experiences at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of the School of Education at 845-398-4158.
Cooperating School Districts: this list is a brief sampling of the districts that partner with St. Thomas Aquinas College’s School of Education. A complete list may be obtained from the School of Education.
New York: BOCES, Clarkstown Central School District, East Ramapo Central School District, North Rockland
Central School District, Monroe-Woodbury School District, Nanuet Union Free School District, Nyack Union
Free School District, Pearl River Union Free School District, Ramapo Central School District, South
Orangetown School District
All Westchester, Ulster, and Orange County public schools
All boroughs in New York City
Private Schools including: Albertus Magnus High School, St. Anthony’s Elementary School, Saint Gregory Barbarigo Elementary School, Immaculate Conception Elementary School, St. Paul’s Elementary School, Sacred Heart, All Saints Regional ( LI);
New Jersey School Districts: Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Englewood,
Harrington Park, Mahwah, Montvale, Northvale, Old Tappan, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgewood,
River Vale, Tenafly, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake; and Bergen Catholic High School, Immaculate Heart Academy, Paramus Catholic