First Placement (Secondary)

Cooperating Teachers, thank you so much for hosting a teacher candidate during this first placement! You are investing in the future of education and we deeply appreciate your partnership! 


First Placement Schedule: Monday - Friday Mornings

Secondary Teacher Candidates will follow an internship schedule Monday through Friday mornings that begins at the Cooperating Teacher’s contracted start time and stays half-days (without leaving in the middle of a period). Teacher Candidates are required to be in your placement 20 hours/week, attending 5 days a week. The first placement begins during the teachers' pre-service week before school starts and runs until winter break. 


Part-time student teaching experience

Your TC will begin his/her part-time student teaching experience before school starts, to get an idea of what it takes to set up your classroom. During student teaching your TC should begin with some observation and then quickly be introduced 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.


Observations and Evaluation

During the first placement the Teacher Candidate will have 4 formal observations (2 from the Cooperating Teacher (CT) and 2 from the University Supervisor (US)). For each observation the TC will fill out and submit a lesson plan using the OSU Lesson Plan Template. You’ll receive an email from with the lesson plan attached, at least 24 hours before their observation. The US and CT will observe the first formal observation together (CT1 & US1), so they can calibrate their scores using the Observation Rubric. This first observation may take place during the teaching of the edTPA learning segment (~Oct. 17th- Nov. 4th) or during any other lesson. For Secondary, the second round of observations (2 individual lessons: one by the CT and one by the US (CT2 & US2)) can happen anytime starting in November and should be completed by early December. 

The first placement will end with a Formative Evaluation Meeting with the TC, CT, and US, at the end of the placement.  

This document summarizes the first placement observation and evaluation schedule. 


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 Calendar (ex: illness, job fair, job interview, family emergency, etc)This leave should not exceed 5 days during the first 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!


First Placement Goals

During the first placement, Teacher candidates will work with their Cooperating Teacher by observing them or other teachers, assist/co-teaching with small groups of students or the whole class, and attending meetings.

Teacher Candidates will:

  • Work with Cooperating Teacher to establish introductions with parents/guardians of students in classroom. Observe parent conferences, if possible.
  • Submit a Google Log of Hours at the end of the 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 the classroom.  Review student files and attend IEP meetings if possible.
  • Talk to Cooperating Teacher about how she/he plans curriculum for the year.
  • Establish collaborative relationships with Cooperating Teacher and other colleagues at school site.
  • Maintain a standard of professional ethics demonstrated through words and actions, and maintain professional relationships with faculty and staff.
  • Engage immediately in regular classroom activities.
  • Apply knowledge of lesson plan design to the teaching of lessons in small and large group situations.
  • Establish a topic and timeline with Cooperating Teacher for Formative edTPA, and begin to gather resources based on long-term curriculum plans of Cooperating Teacher.
  • Ask Cooperating Teacher to observe informally while you teach and provide feedback on your teaching. Discuss the format/model for the Formal Observation Process with University Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher well in advance of first Formal Observation.
  • Collect a student roster and video release forms. 
  • Schedule:
    •  1st Formal Lesson Joint Observation--CT and US observe and score together (CT 1 and US 1)
    •  2 Additional Formal Lesson Observations (One with the CT: CT 2 and One with the US: US 2) 
    •  1 Formative Evaluation meeting--2 Formative Evaluation Forms (US Formative Evaluation, and CT Formative Evaluation) and 2 Professional Dispositions Evaluation Forms (US and CT)         
  • Teach and complete formal write-up of the Formative edTPA (October / November)