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Guidelines for Cooperating Teachers

The Role of the Cooperating Teacher

The cooperating teacher is a vital component of the teacher preparation program. Your role is to serve as mentor to the teacher candidate by using your expertise and experience to guide the teacher candidate in the development of pedagogically sound and realistically appropriate knowledge, skills and professional dispositions. We ask you to be nurturing yet direct, to provide regular guidance and feedback, to maintain minimum standard requirements consistent with the mission of the Professional Education Program, and to encourage the individual reflection and development of the beginning teacher.

This section of the Program Guide has been developed to assist you in your work with teacher candidates. Please read it carefully before meeting with your teacher candidate and use it as a reference throughout the student teaching assignment.

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