The primary advisor for students in the middle/secondary and ESOL certification programs is a member of the content/major department faculty. When students identify themselves as pursuing licensure in education, they are asked to meet with the Director of Teacher Education to complete their plan of study and SEFE application. From this point until completion of student teaching, students meet with the Chair of Education a minimum of once a semester to insure they are taking appropriate courses and fulfilling other experience requirements. The content/major department remains the primary advisor for these students. The Education Department advises students majoring in Education Studies: Elementary Education.
Application to Teacher Education
It is the student's responsibility to submit application materials in order to apply to the Teacher Education Program and for student teaching (Forms available outside the office of the Director of Teacher Education). Upon successful completion of the SEFE requirement, formal application is made to enter the Teacher Education Program. (Forms and directives are available from the Education Department.) Applicants may be accepted, accepted conditionally or not accepted. Reason for conditional acceptance or for non-acceptance will be given. The student may appeal a non- acceptance to the Dean within tens days and present further evidence of qualifications.
Application to Student Teaching
ED 432: Supervised Student Teaching is a capstone experience which takes place during the spring semester of the senior year. Credit earned for student teaching is the equivalent to that of three courses. Two additional courses: ED 430 or 431and a Methods of Teaching course complete the course load for the semester. Application should be made during the student's sixth semester (Forms and directives may be obtained from the Education Department.) To be considered for student teaching, the applicant must complete 1/3 of the electronic portfolio, submit the application form, and recommendations from professors who will attest to the student's competency in basic skills, subject major content, leadership skills, and general fitness for teaching.
An overall cumulative grade point average of 2.5 will be required by the end of the seventh semester in order to student teach. A sophomore or junior student who has not quite reached the required grade point level is considered conditionally accepted and is permitted to remain in the program to work toward the academic averages.
The decision to permit or not permit supervised student teaching is made by the Director of Teacher Education during the semester break. Those students not accepted will be informed as early as possible. If the application is not approved and the student wishes to appeal this decision, this appeal must be directed to the Dean's office during the semester break to allow necessary time for the appeal process and appropriate registration of the student for second semester.
Placement and Orientation to Student Teaching
Applicants for student teaching will be given a tentative placement in a cooperating school during the seventh semester. Consideration is given to the requests of the student whenever such placement is feasible and can be properly supervised by the college. Generally, no student is assigned to a school from which he/she has graduated or where a relative or family member is employed. In order to facilitate supervision from the campus, an effort is made to group student teachers within a geographical area. Students will complete several orientation activities in the fall of their senior year in anticipation of doing student teaching second semester. Student teachers strictly adhere to the schedule of the assigned cooperating school. Student teachers take the February vacation week as their spring vacation. During the Saint Anselm spring break students are teaching in the schools.
Teacher Candidate Assessment
The Teacher Education Handbook outlines the assessment of teacher candidates. Please refer to the Teacher Education Handbook.