We’re excited that you are considering student teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools! Student teaching is the capstone experience to any teacher preparation program. Student teachers in CMS gain practical, hands-on experience through classroom and professional development activities working in an environment unsurpassed elsewhere.
With the guidance of your cooperating teacher, student teachers will improve their instructional strategies, assessment practices, and classroom management skills. Cooperating teachers and the school administrators are key figures in making student teachers feel welcome to our schools. The student teachers in CMS are warmly welcomed at their placement sites, enhancing their feeling of being accepted as a member of the professional staff.
Cooperating teachers are:
Experienced in a wide variety of teaching methods, techniques, and materials.
Able to effectively communicate knowledge and experience and offer ongoing feedback with constructive criticism.
Accepting of you as a professional colleague.
Committed to expanding upon the university/college’s teacher training program.
Requirements for Colleges/Universities:
Letter from the Director of Field Experiences sent to address below
Affiliation Agreement from College/University sent to address below
Assigned University Faculty for Observations
Student Liability Insurance
Requirements for Student Teachers:
Completed online CMS instructional application
Background Authorization Check (at CMS’ expense)
Attendance at CMS Orientation
CMS Fingerprinting and Drug Testing (at CMS’ expense)
Health Examination (at student’s expense)
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