Student teaching is a university-supervised instructional experience and is the culminating course in our teacher education program at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania leading to certification. Examples of programs include Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 4), Middle Level (Grades 4-8), and Secondary (Grades 7-12).
The primary objective of student teaching is to provide the opportunity for acquisition and demonstration of instructional competence with beginning professional educators. The student teaching experience has been carefully designed to be as realistic and as intensive as actual teaching. Student teaching is a full-time classroom experience in the student’s area of licensure in which s/he is supervised regularly by both a supervisor from the student teacher’s area of licensure and the classroom teachers with whom the student is placed. At Lock Haven University, student teaching is a semester long course where student teachers have two placements, each seven and a half weeks in length.
Student teachers are expected to, over the course of the seven and a half weeks in two different placements; assume all responsibilities and the full teaching load of the cooperating teacher. The pace at which the student teacher assumes these responsibilities rests upon the mutual agreement of the candidate, the cooperating teacher, and the university supervisor. The role of the student teacher, cooperating teacher, and university supervisor is to work as a team through constant communication to support, enhance, and prepare the student teacher to become a reflective educator.