Student teaching for Spring 2012 will be here soon! This contains important information about your responsibilities for the student teaching semester.
Dates for Full Time Student Teaching: Full time student teaching begins in January. Undergraduate candidates are to report to your classrooms when teachers report for the first day back from the holiday, in most cases, January 3rd. Graduate candidates report on January 9th. The last day of student teaching is May 4, 2012. Student teachers must follow the school systems’ calendars for holidays and spring break. In addition, attendance is mandatory on all teacher workdays throughout the semester.
Lateral Entry Candidates and Teacher Assistants: The duration of your student teaching will coincide with the dates above. For those candidates serving as teacher assistants, please note that employee responsibilities outside of your assigned classrooms must cease during the dates given above.
Student Teaching Handbook and the STAR: Many details about the student teaching semester are noted in the Student Teaching Handbook. Student teachers, graduate interns, and lateral entry teachers are required to purchase the Handbook which is available at the campus bookstore. Student teachers who have a cooperating teacher must purchase two copies of the Handbook. (If you completed the YLI semester in Fall 2011, you should have already purchased the handbooks). Additionally, all student teachers/interns must purchase a single copy of the STAR, Student Teaching Assessment Rubric, also available at the campus bookstore. Review the Handbook and STAR carefully before the Student Teaching Orientation and bring them with you.
Mandatory Student Teaching Orientation for Undergraduates: Plan to be on campus all day on Thursday and Friday, January 5 and 6, 2012, for mandatory orientation sessions. On Thursday, January 5, 2012, all undergraduate student teachers come to COED 010 at 8:00 a.m. to sign in and receive materials. Bring your Handbook and the STAR for a discussion of the student teaching semester, and be sure that you are very familiar with both texts. University supervisors will be announced at this time, and you will receive additional handouts and materials.
The second part of Student Teaching Orientation will take place either on the afternoon of Thursday, January 5 or on Friday, January 6, 2012. The specific meeting time and place for your second orientation meeting will be announced in the Thursday morning session. This mandatory session is a seminar-group session conducted by your assigned university supervisor. In addition, some school systems may hold other required sessions.
Mandatory Orientation for Graduate Interns: On Thursday, January 5, 2012, graduate student teachers, including lateral entry teachers and Teach for America teachers will meet at 5:00 p.m. Woodward hall, Room 106. Attendance at these orientation sessions is mandatory, so please plan accordingly. Arrive early to sign in and receive materials. Bring the Handbook and the STAR for a discussion of the semester requirements. University supervisors will be announced at this session. After the large group discussion, your university supervisor will meet with you for your initial seminar class.
Orientation for Distance Education Students: All students enrolled in the distance education program are encouraged to attend orientation on campus so that you can meet your university supervisor. However, for those distance education candidates who cannot come to campus, orientation will be held online at the same time as above. Please check your UNC Charlotte email account in early January for details about the online orientation.
Background Check and Health Certificate: Several school systems require a background check, and health certificate as a condition of student teaching. If this requirement applies to you, you will be contacted regarding mandatory sessions and activities.
For CMS placements, please see important information below.
For Iredell-Statesville placements, you are expected to complete a background check on your own before the first day. You will not be notified by the school system, so please take care of this right away.
A copy of the health certificate is available on the Office of Field Experiences homepage under Resources and Forms, and the Student Health Center provides free physical exams and tuberculosis tests at a minimal cost. It is recommended that you schedule your TB test during winter break to avoid long lines after the semester starts. You can determine if you need a health certificate by checking the school system website for information.
Note: CMS student teachers should see required background check information at the bottom of this document.
Final Confirmation of Eligibility: Your final clearance for student teaching will be determined after grades are posted and grade point averages are recomputed in late December. All grades of I (Incomplete) must be cleared on your transcript or by a written memo from the instructor before beginning the student teaching semester. If you have been asked to submit other documentation to confirm your eligibility, such as Academic Petition (special request) forms or employment contracts, these materials must be submitted no later than the orientation session. You may not begin student teaching until this final confirmation process is complete.
Cancellation of Student Teaching: If for any reason you decide not to student teach next semester, please contact the Office of Field Experiences and your cooperating teacher (if applicable) immediately. By contacting us if your circumstances change, you demonstrate professionalism and courtesy, and you maintain your good standing in the program. Should you gain employment as a lateral entry candidate or teacher assistant, please contact the Office of Field Experiences immediately so that we can assist you in changing the status of your student teaching.
We look forward to assisting you in a successful student teaching experience. If you have any questions, please let us know.
CMS Student Teachers – Save The Date!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
College of Education, Room 010
Last Names A-K: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Sign in
8:30 – Noon Orientation
Last Names L-Z: 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Sign in
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Orientation
Current lateral entry teachers and teacher assistants are not required to attend.
All CMS student teachers must complete a health form and a background check authorization form. Please follow these instructions to complete both forms:
Access the website at www.cms.k12.nc.us.
- Click Departments
- Select the E-H Tab
- Click on Human Resources
- Select Student Teacher Information
Download the following documents from the Student Teacher Information page:
Please schedule an appointment with your local physician or health center and have a health screening done (including a TB test) using the designated form. If you have already had a physical completed January 2010 or later, the results of that exam can be attached to the form. In other words, you must have had a physical exam completed within a year of your start date with CMS as a student teacher. The health form is not due until two weeks after your scheduled Orientation.
- Background Check Authorization Form:
Please complete these two forms, sign and return them to:
701 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28202
YOUR SPECIFIC STUDENT TEACHING PLACEMENT INFORMATION IS BELOW: You will find your confirmed student teaching placement at the link below. In most cases, this placement will not change. If any of the placement information is listed TBA (to be arranged), you will be notified via your UNC Charlotte email account when the Office of Field Experiences receives the information.
If you were not in a yearlong internship placement, it is important that you contact your cooperating teacher by email to introduce yourself. Email addresses are available through the school website.
STUDENT TEACHING SPRING 2012