When selecting cooperating teachers, principals are advised to consider the following:
a current teaching certificate in the subject area/age span appropriate for the
a highly qualified teacher with three or more years of successful teaching experience
and at least one year's experience in the school where currently employed
a thorough knowledge of his/her teaching field or fields, a working knowledge of
related fields and experience in a wide variety of teaching methods and techniques
It is important that cooperating teachers possess the ability to work with another person in
the classroom and have a desire to work with teacher candidates as co-teachers.
Student Professional Responsibilities and Requirements
A student’s conduct should reflect that expected of a professional educator. The school has
the authority and the responsibility to refuse an individual the privilege of this field experience
or to discontinue the experience at any time for any reason it feels is justified.
A student has been granted the privilege of completing the field experience in a school so that
he/she may become a better teacher. Partnerships with school districts are strongly
influenced by the attitudes and behaviors of teacher candidates. Professional reputations
follow teacher candidates throughout their teaching career.
Students are expected to:
read the Junior Field Experience Handbook thoroughly to ensure that he/she
understands the various procedures.
complete all forms and requirements in a timely and professional manner. It is a
student’s responsibility to begin to think and act as a professional. Meeting deadlines
and following procedures are part of fulfilling professional duties.
follow the South Dakota Professional Code of Ethics at the following address:
consider obtaining personal liability insurance by joining professional organizations
such as SDEA/CEC/NAfME/AEYC or purchasing personal liability insurance through an
arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of the school day and report to the main office.
turn off all electronic devices before entering the school building.
be prepared with lesson plans and materials when assigned to teach and/or co-
teach with the cooperating teacher.
notify the school administrator and classroom teacher in advance of any absence. In
case of illness, call the school by 7:30 AM to let them know of your absence. If
absent, it is the responsibility of the student to visit with the cooperating teacher and
arrange for an alternate date. The student then must let the Director of Field
Experiences know the make-up date/s.
maintain the confidentiality of teachers and students with whom you interact. Any
and all confidential matters must not be discussed outside the professional setting.
10. observe and support school and classroom policies.
11. dress professionally and in accordance with the cooperating school’s dress code.