Introduction to Supervision
Student teaching is an essential experience in the professional education program. Although college courses, activities and practice contribute knowledge and experience to the prospective teacher, student teaching provides the first opportunity to put theory into practice across the demanding and rewarding task of the entire teaching experience.
Student teaching is a period of guided, supervised teaching in which a college student can practice the principles and methods learned throughout their educational career while working towards the ultimate goal of achieving competency in entry-level skills in the teaching profession.
The cooperating teacher is an integral part of UW Oshkosh's Professional Education Program and strategic to the development of each student in the program. The role entails gradually introducing the college student into the lead teacher role for a particular class or subject in areas such as classroom management, instruction and assessment as well as to the “bigger picture” of being a teacher.
Cooperating teachers working with student teachers from UW Oshkosh must meet the following Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction code requirements 34.15(6):
hold a regular Wisconsin license or its equivalent for the teaching assignment
have at least three years of teaching experience with at least one year of teaching experience in the school system of current employment
have completed a course or seminar in supervision of student teachers
Although motivation to serve as a mentor is greatly valued, a teacher is under no obligation to serve as a cooperating teacher. Those who indicate willingness accept students assigned to them after approval by the school administration.