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Cooperating teachers hold a significant and enviable position among teacher educators. Studies reveal that teachers describe their student teaching experience as having had a profound influence in determining the kind of teacher they will become. Cooperating teachers are in a unique position to induct newcomers into the profession and to pass on the "torch of experience" to those who will follow them in their work.
Cooperating teacher qualifications include:
- Academic preparation (Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred).
- Minimum of three years of teaching experience, including at least one year in the present assignment.
- Certification for current teaching assignment.
- Meeting the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requirements for serving as a cooperating teacher, including: "Have completed a course or seminar in supervision of student teachers or interns or have qualified as a cooperating teacher prior to July 1, 1977, based on successful service as a cooperating teacher. Successful service as a cooperating teacher shall be determined by the recommendation of an immediate supervisor, a college or university supervisor, and a former student teacher or intern who has worked with the teacher in a student teaching or intern situation" (PI 4.10.5.c).
- Strong desire to serve as a cooperating teacher.
- Professional and ethical behavior and attitudes.
- Demonstrated high level of professional teaching skills.
- Recommendation by school and university personnel.
The following factors are also considered in selecting of cooperating teachers:
- Previous experience in working with teacher education students in field experiences.
- Local school district policy regarding service as a cooperating teacher, e.g., limitations on total number of student teachers per semester or year for schools and/or for teachers.