Second Placement (Elementary)

Thank you immensely for mentoring a teacher candidate through their final placement. You are providing an amazing gift to our future educators!


Second Placement Schedule:

Begins after winter break and leads up to Spring Break:  all day Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (24 hrs / wk) After Spring Break until the end of school : All Day Mondays- Fridays (40 hrs / wk)

Elementary Teacher Candidates will follow an internship schedule all day Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays following a Cooperating Teacher’s contracted start and end times. Teacher Candidates are required to be in your placement 24 hours/week, attending 3 days a week. After Spring Break, Teacher Candidates will spend all day, Monday through Friday (40 hours/week) in a full time placement.

Internship begins with some observation and then quickly moves to teaching or co-teaching small lessons. This gradual release model of professional development works well to scaffold teacher candidates’ growth as an emerging teacher.

Starting after spring break continuing through graduation, internship is all day (8 hours), five days a week (40 hours/week). For the entire spring term, candidates should take primary responsibility for the planning and be the lead teacher and assessor for at least half of the classes/subjects in internship. For at least 3 weeks (many TCs will do 5 to 6 weeks), candidates will assume all the responsibilities of running a classroom (all classes/subjects). This includes full-day teaching (co-teaching is acceptable), planning, grading, parent communication, supervision duties, and school activity involvement. The culminating experience will be great preparation for moving towards their own classroom. Each experience will be unique to the needs of the class, the Teacher Candidate, and the Cooperating Teacher. 

All Teacher Candidates in spring term will follow the Cooperating Teacher’s contract hours and OSU class schedule, flexing to match the contracted start-end time for teachers. The goal is to be in schools full time 40 hours / week, attending all 5 days a week. M-F.

Policy for Teacher Candidate Absences

Any school day that a TC misses because of an emergency or illness must be reported to you before 7:00 a.m. on the day of the absence or at a time set in advance by you. The manner of how the Teacher Candidate “reports” the absence to the Cooperating Teacher should be agreed on before the student teaching placement begins. Teacher candidates have a bank of excused absences to draw from for sick leave, emergency leave, or job search leave. These days are not for personal leave. TCs must log all absences and a short reason on the Monthly Log of Hours Form (ex: illness, job fair, job interview, family emergency, etc). This leave should not exceed 5 days during the second placement. 

Cooperating Teachers, here is what is shared with our teacher candidates regarding weather delays or cancellations:

School District Closure for Inclement Weather

During your placement, there may be times that the school district that you are teaching in is closed for inclement weather. On these days, you will not report to school. If your school is on a two-hour delay, please ask your Cooperating Teacher what time to report to school (often two hours later than normal, but not always). Please record a snow day/ school closure on your log of hours. These hours are not counted as part of your excused absences, as the closure is out of your control.

If you live in an area where the schools are closed due to weather, but you teach in a district where schools are open, you will not report to your school. The closure in your residing school district determines that it is not safe to drive. In this case, please reach out to your CT (Cooperating Teacher) and US (University Supervisor), and record a snow day/ school closure on your log of hours. These hours are not counted as part of your excused absences, as it is out of your control. If your residing school district is on a two-hour delay, please arrive when it is safe (likely two hours later) and reach out to your CT on what time you will to report to school.

The most important thing you can do is to maintain great communication with your CT and US. Giving them as much notice as possible will help them support you!

Observations and Evaluation:

During the second placement you will have 6 formal observations -- 3 from your Cooperating Teacher (CT) and 3 from your University Supervisor (US). The Teacher Candidate will start with an informal observation.

For each formal observation the TC will fill out and submit a lesson plan using the OSU Template. You’ll receive an email with the lesson plan attached, at least 24 hours before their observation. The observations are scored using the Observation Rubric.

  • CT1 & US1: The US and CT will observe the first formal observation together so they can calibrate their scores during Jan/Feb.
  • CT2 & US2: The second round of two different lesson observations will happen during Feb/March.
  • CT3 & US 3: The final round of two different lesson observations will be completed in April/May.
  • The second placement will end with the Professional Dispositions evaluations (one by the CT & one by the US) and the Summative Evaluation (one by the CT & one by the US). Here are the directions for these end of term evaluations.

Here is a document that shares the second placement observation and evaluation schedule.

Second Placement

Teacher Candidates will begin in February in a part-time format and move to full days after spring break for the duration of spring term, at which time they are required to be at your school mirroring the hours required of you.  

Teacher Candidate will:

  • Review all Part-time and Full-time Placement benchmarks with Cooperating Teacher. Establish mutually agreeable times for planning on a regular basis.
  • Work with Cooperating Teacher to establish introductions with parents/guardians of students in classroom. This may need to occur more than once, depending on semester vs. trimester system in placement. Participate in parent conferences, if possible.
  • Cooperating Teacher will sign off on TC hours at end of placement
  • Work with Cooperating Teacher to prepare classroom environment for students, establish assessment and management plans.
  • Attend orientation activities, on-site seminars, and school staff meetings.
  • Talk to Cooperating Teacher about special needs students in your classroom.  Review student files and attend IEP meetings if possible.
  • Establish collaborative relationships with Cooperating Teacher and other colleagues at school site.
  • Maintain a standard of professional ethics demonstrated through words and actions.
  • Engage immediately in some regular classroom routines.
  • Ask Cooperating Teacher to observe you informally while you teach and provide feedback on your teaching. Discuss the format/model for the Formal Observation Process with Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor well in advance of first Formal Observation.

Oral Examination (for Teacher Candidates in the MAT program only)

All teacher candidates qualifying for the MAT degree must pass an oral examination. The examination is scheduled during the teacher candidate’s final term (mid-May). Your Teacher Candidate will be excused from your classroom for a ½ day for his/her oral exam at OSU-Cascades. This absence is in addition to their 5 days of allowed leave.