Cooperating Teacher Resources


OSU-Cascades is excited to partner with school districts in Central Oregon as we work towards developing strong, professional teacher candidates.  We are grateful that you are interested in learning more about the role of Mentors and Cooperating Teachers in the MAT and BS in Teaching programs. 

Our teacher candidates begin their course of study with OSU-C in summer term. Their internship begins when their Cooperating Teachers return to work. This will allow time for them to assist in classroom set up and participate in school trainings and curriculum meetings. Teacher candidates will be in your classroom in the morning until winter break. 

During the winter/spring placement,  Teacher Candidates will start on the first day of school after winter break and continue to the end of the school year.  From winter break leading up to spring break, secondary students will be in the classroom for 1/2 days M-F, and elementary candidates will be in the classroom full days M-W.  After spring break both elementary and secondary Teacher Candidates will be with you full days Monday-Friday.  

Teacher candidates will enter your classes with a foundational knowledge of lesson plan design, educational development, differentiation, technology, and professional dispositions and ethics. 

Co-Teaching Workshop Opportunities

All of our teacher candidates are trained in the Co-Teaching model.  Many of our Cooperating Teachers have already been trained through OSU-Cascades or Central Oregon Co-Teaching workshops.  OSU-Cascades holds a co-teaching workshop in August for Cooperating Teachers who have not yet received training.

Benefits of working as a Cooperating Teacher for OSU-Cascades

A small monetary stipend is submitted to your school district for your time as a Cooperating Teacher, then your district payroll department pays out these funds to you. Please consult with your Human Resource department for more information.

20 Professional Development Units are awarded to all Cooperating Teachers.

Reduced tuition credits through OSU for Professional Development Units. Tuition cost is reduced by 1/3 for up to 8 credits. Each school district individually chooses how to manage these credits for the greatest benefit. Please consult with your Human Resource department to learn more about this opportunity.

Our mission is to graduate and license ethical, experienced, and knowledgeable educators who will become valued teaching colleagues in our Central Oregon schools.