Student-teaching applications are reviewed by the teacher education faculty and approved for placement. Pre-service teachers are notified of the acceptance or non-acceptance for placement by letter.
Pre-service teachers are placed according to their certification area(s) and major and minor. Each student-teacher will complete two student-teaching placements and the total student-teaching time will be one semester according to the public and private schools full calendar. Placements are secured by the director of field experiences and announced near the end of the semester preceding student-teaching.
The majority of placements are made within Brown County, with some ranging to within a 30-mile radius of the St. Norbert College campus. In rare cases, a placement may be farther away from campus.
Student-teachers are not placed in schools where:
- They attended as K-12 students.
- They have a relative employed.
- A member of their immediate family is in attendance.
The overseas student-teaching program provides students enrolled in the St. Norbert College teacher-education program a unique opportunity to learn about a different educational system in a foreign country by completing half of their required student-teaching in a carefully selected overseas school. The office of overseas student-teaching works collaboratively with an English-speaking foreign school system to arrange teaching assignments, from pre-kindergarten through secondary school settings. For more information, visit the overseas student-teaching website.
Transportation to and from the placement is the responsibility of the student-teacher. The following conditions associated with transportation issues apply:
- Assignment to schools will not be contingent on whether or not the student-teacher has access to a vehicle.
- The student-teacher will have to provide for his/her own reliable transportation, and assignments will not be changed once they are contracted with the principals and cooperating teachers based upon transportation issues.
- Though car-pooling with other student-teachers is an alternative, student-teachers are not encouraged to depend exclusively upon other student-teachers for transportation, since problems may arise if the driver is unable to attend school on one or more occasions.
- In the event that transportation to an assigned school is not possible, the student-teacher will be advised to withdraw from student-teaching and delay it until suitable transportation can be ensured.
Exceptions to General Placement Policy
If a pre-service teacher wishes to request placement outside of the usual placement area, the following policies are followed:
- A request must be made in the form of a letter to the chair of teacher education including the following:
- What unusual or extenuating circumstances exist that make this exception to policy necessary.
- What possible arrangements are suggested, including:
- Grade or academic area in which student-teaching would occur.
- City, town or county in which student-teaching would occur.
- The request must be submitted along with the application to student-teach.
- The request will be reviewed and approval or non-approval determined by the faculty/academic staff of the education discipline. (Exceptions for only one placement/quarter of student-teaching will be considered.)
- A letter will be sent to the requesting student with the final decision of the education faculty.
- If the exception is approved, the director of field experiences will move forward with making the placement.
- Additional costs will be covered by the student-teacher.
- If a college supervisor from St. Norbert College is assigned to the student-teacher, the student-teacher must pay all mileage costs for required travel beyond the 30-mile radius of campus. The supervisor will still be required to make a minimum of four visits to the school.
- If the college supervisor is from another institution of higher education in the area where the student-teaching is taking place, the student-teacher will be required to pay a fee for the supervisor and any travel expenses incurred. These fees are generally set by the institution of higher education that employs the supervisor.