The Part-time Student Teaching Practicum is divided into 3 phases:
Phase I: September Experience
(From Day 1 of your district inservice until OSU classes begin)
In this part, you’ll be at your school placement full-time Monday – Friday. (“Full-time” refers to the hours teachers at your school are expected to work.) During this time, you’ll work in the classroom with your cooperating teacher. You’ll be expected to gradually phase into teaching, starting off with mini-lessons and eventually teaching some full lessons. You’ll also participate in many different school responsibilities both within and outside the classroom, including observing teachers in other classrooms. The goal of the September Experience is to allow you to gain knowledge about your classroom, the school, students, curriculum, etc.
Phase II: October Planning
(First 5 weeks of Fall term)
For the first 5 weeks of Fall term, you’ll spend 2 mornings a week in your classroom. During this time, in addition to continuing to assist in the classroom, you’ll meet with your cooperating teacher to plan the teaching experiences for the Fall Part-Time Student Teaching Practicum. These lessons will form the basis for your first Work Sample. The rest of the time will be spent taking classes at OSU which will also support the development of your Work Sample.
Phase III: Part-time Student Teaching
(Last 6 weeks of Fall term)
NOTE: The practicum ends the last day of Finals Week.
During the last 6 weeks of the term, you’ll spend 5 mornings a week in your classroom. You’ll be expected to assume full responsibility for the entire six week period for one class in which you’ll teach the unit plan (your first Work Sample) that you developed in October. You’ll also continue to assist your cooperating teacher with the other classes. You’ll continue taking classes at OSU in the afternoon
September Experience (SED 509) is officially part of OSU’s Summer term. It is graded on a P/N basis. Phases II and III comprise the Part-Time Student Teaching Practicum (SED 509) during Fall term. That course is graded on an A-F basis.