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Questions about Student Teaching Placements

ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS

  • May I arrange my own student teaching placement?
    Each student teaching placement requires a formal student teaching agreement between Purdue University and the respective school corporation. Because of the legal nature of this agreement, students are prohibited from acting on their own behalf to arrange a student teaching placement. The Office of Field Experiences will do our best to accommodate your needs and preferences when arranging your student teaching placement.

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  • May I request a specific school corporation, school, or teacher for my student teaching placement?
    When you complete your student teaching application, you may indicate your preference for a placement in a specific school corporation, in a specific school, or with a specific teacher. Please understand, however, that we are not always able to honor these requests.

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  • A teacher I know wants to request me as a student teacher. What should he/she do?
    Ask the teacher to email Jim Gilligan or call the Office of Field Experiences at (765) 494-2345.

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  • Who decides where I will be placed?
    The Assistant Director of the Office of Field Experiences and--for most program areas--the head university supervisor work together to determine the best placement(s) for each student teacher. The student teacher's placement preferences (as stated on the student teaching application), the availability of cooperating teachers, the availability of qualified university supervisors, and the geographical proximity of potential host schools are all taken into consideration when determining placements.

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  • Where may I be placed for my student teaching?
    All program areas place student teachers in local school corporations within Tippecanoe County and the surrounding counties (White, Carroll, Clinton, Montgomery, Fountain, Warren, and Benton). Because the local school corporations cannot accommodate the large number of elementary student teachers we place every semester, elementary student teachers have the option of requesting a placement in one of a number of selected geographic areas in the northern part of the state (see all placement options available here: PDF). Other program areas, such as Youth Development and Agricultural Education, Technology Education, and Family and Consumer Sciences, have limited available local placements; because of these limitations, these program areas sometimes place student teachers in more remote school corporations. The remaining program areas generally place student teachers within a 45-mile radius of Purdue.

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  • May I student teach at a school from which I graduated?
    Student teachers are generally not placed within schools or school corporations they have attended, since it is often difficult to establish an identity as a teacher in a setting where you have spent so many years as a student.

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  • What other student teaching alternatives are available?
    Student teachers have the option of applying to the American Indian Reservation Project , a student teaching experience administered in conjunction with Indiana University. If you are accepted into this program, you will complete your student teaching on a Native American Reservation. In addition, selected program areas allow candidates to student teach in Chicago Public Schools. For information about this option, contact your program convener or the Assistant Director of OFE.

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  • Should I contact the school corporation where I want to be placed? Should I contact the principal of the school where I want to be placed?
    Before your placement is confirmed, please do not initiate contact with the school corporation, the principal of the school where you are hoping to be placed, or any other school corporation personnel. If you are contacted by the school corporation, however, please respond in a professional and courteous manner.

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  • Where was my student teaching application sent?
    We make every effort to send your application to the school corporation(s) you indicated on your student teaching application. Students who submit their student teaching applications early receive priority consideration over students who submit their applications near or after the application deadline.

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  1. When will I find out where I've been placed?
    Our goal is to have every student teacher placed by the end of the semester preceding the student teaching semester. We send student teaching applications to school corporations as far in advance of the placement as we can, and we ask for a response within 4-6 weeks. Usually, we have a portion of fall semester placements acknowledged by spring break of the preceding semester and a portion of spring semester placements acknowledged by October break of the preceding semester; please note, however, that--for various reasons--the placement confirmation might be delayed, and some students might not know where they are placed until the week before student teaching begins. We ask you to be patient, since we monitor placement status very closely, and we do everything in our power to confirm placements as early as possible.

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  1. How will I find out where I've been placed?
    We post updated placement reports periodically on the What's New page of the Office of Field Experiences website. If you are waiting to find out where you will be placed, please check the online placement report before contacting our office. If you are placed late ( i.e., during the break between semesters or over the summer), we will email your placement information to you.

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  • I checked the online placement report and there's nothing next to my name. Why?
    If the space next to your name is blank, that means we have not yet received a confirmed placement for you. As soon as we receive a confirmed placement from the school corporation where we've sent your application, the information will be posted.

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  • I received my placement, but why wasn't I placed at my first, second, or third choice?
    If you submitted your application near the deadline, or if you submitted your application late, we may not be able to submit your application to any of your preferred schools; early applicants receive priority consideration, and if there are no more student teaching placements available in the school corporations you prefer, you might be placed in some other corporation. We will make every effort to place you as close to your preferred school corporation(s) as possible.

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  1. When can I visit the school where I will be student teaching?
    Once your placement information appears on the online placement report, or once you've been notified by our office that your placement is confirmed, you are free to contact your cooperating teacher.

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  1. What kind of professional behavior is expected of me as a student teacher?
    While you are working as a student teacher, you will represent Purdue University and the College of Education to the school and to the community where you are placed. Your speech, your behavior, your work ethic, your disposition, your attire, and your general demeanor should aspire to the highest professional standards. For additional information regarding standards of professionalism, see our list of Student Teaching Do's and Don'ts (PDF). If a student has a deficiency regarding professional behavior, a Dispositional Assessment Form (DOC) may be utilized by any faculty member, staff member, or classroom teacher. The purpose of this form is to make the student aware of the problem and devise a way to remedy the deficiency.

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