College of Education > Student Resources > Student Teaching > Expectations


This section outlines the expectations of the student teacher, DePaul supervisor and the cooperating teacher.

  • Classroom and capstone/seminar participation is required.
  • During the student teaching experience, the student teacher is required to follow the cooperating school calendar. For example, candidates must take vacations with the school, not with DePaul University. Therefore, spring quarter student teachers will begin their student teaching experience one week prior to DePaul University's spring quarter start date. Fall quarter student teachers may begin school before the DePaul University start date but must continue through the DePaul quarter end date.
  • The student teacher is expected to conform to the same professional standards as the regular staff members of the cooperating school. The student teacher should arrive at the school at the same time as the teachers and spend the full school day and any additional planning time as the cooperating teacher requests. If unforeseen circumstances should cause the student teacher to be late, the student teacher must contact the school clerk, the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor. The same applies if the student teacher is going to be absent due to illness. S/he must contact the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor the night before or as early as possible. In addition, when absent, the student teacher must provide plans and other materials necessary to the cooperating teacher and add the extra time on to his/her student teaching experience.
  • As a student teacher, 100 percent attendance is expected to fulfill requirements for state licensure. Any absences can result in the lowering of the final student teaching grade or termination of the experience. During the student teaching quarter, if a student teacher experiences significant illness, death in the family or other critical incident, the student teacher must immediately notify the university supervisor, the cooperating teacher and the school clerk. The decision as to whether to continue the experience or to be withdrawn will be made on an individual basis. Students who are aware of outstanding obligations that require absences during the student teaching experience should contact the Office of Field Experiences and Student Teaching to defer their student teaching to the next quarter.
  • The student teacher works with the cooperating teacher each day to assure the immediate assistance in planning, teaching and evaluating.
  • The student teacher should collaborate with the cooperating teacher to designate meeting times at least twice a week to discuss progress, plans, responsibilities and concerns. The meeting times should be agreed upon in advance and should be appropriate to the schedules of both parties. It is expected that the student teacher will have a clear understanding of his/her responsibilities for each week by the Friday prior to the following week.
  • The university supervisor will make at least four supervisory visits for each student teacher. When arranging the visits, the student teacher should plan a time when it is possible for the supervisor to confer with the student teacher following the observation and to confer with the cooperating teacher after that.
  • When the university supervisor visits the classroom, the student teacher must provide the supervisor with his/her daily lesson plans, as well as any additional material requested by the university supervisor.
  • Each student teacher is mandated by state law to report instances of child abuse. If such matters are observed, they must be shared with the cooperating teacher and/or school administrator.
  • Student teachers must satisfactorily demonstrate their competence as a teacher, as outlined on the evaluation forms completed by the cooperating teacher and university supervisor.
  • Each student teacher must exhibit professional behavior and dress appropriately for all teaching situations and school functions.
  • Student teachers must consider all cooperating school obligations as high priorities and display a willingness to participate in faculty meetings, department meetings, institute days, conferences, programs, activities, etc.
  • Student teachers must promptly prepare the materials requested by their cooperating teacher, university supervisor, and capstone/seminar instructor (i.e., schedules, logs, record books, timesheets, reflection sheets, lesson plans, attendance records, discipline referrals, etc.).
  • All student teachers must display the dispositions of the Urban Professional Multicultural Educator.
  • Student teachers must maintain good professional relations, public relations, and human relations not only with the teaching and non-teaching personnel of the cooperating school, but also with the community that the school serves. Students must remember that they are not only student teachers, but also representatives of DePaul University.
  • Student teachers must maintain academic integrity at off-campus sites.
  • Student teachers may not work Monday through Friday during school hours.