The Office of Field Experience partners with area school districts to provide The University of Texas at Arlington College of Education students with observations, early field experiences, and clinical/student teaching.
School districts with partnership agreements can request clinical/student teachers using the following form, which should be completed by the district or campus administrator in charge of clinical/student placement:
Download the Clinical Teaching Placement Form
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the qualifications for a Cooperating Teacher?
Definition: A Cooperating Teacher is a classroom teacher who volunteers to work with a university early field experience student or a clinical/student teacher.
Research demonstrates that the most important influence on a teacher candidate is the cooperating teacher.
- Must hold a current Texas Educator Certification
- Has a minimum of three years of successful classroom experience, in the content area of the candidate’s certification program
- Teacher must possess effective instructional skills, as demonstrated by the teacher’s positive impact on student learning.
Must also have:
- Approval of the building principal
- A high level of commitment to the candidate's professional development
- An eagerness to continue professional growth
- Effective communication skills
- Outstanding collaboration skills
What are the expectations for being a cooperating teacher?
- Serves as a model for teacher preparation and assists the candidate in becoming an effective first year teacher.
- Models best practices, provides clear and honest feedback, makes suggestions for improvement, and motivates and encourages the candidate.
- Is committed to the role of mentoring, and has a positive effect on candidate learning.
- Influences a candidate's ability to synthesize and apply teaching strategies, and emphasizes conceptual application of ideas.
- Establishes a relationship of trust and communication with the candidate.
- Guides students in understanding school procedures and policies.
- Evaluates the student’s performance and helps determine goals for growth.
Link to presentation for procedures for all cooperating teachers (TEA required training):
When will students be in the classrooms?
Varies by Program:
- ESL/EC6, BIL/EC6, and Mid-Level begin in the junior year and remain in the classrooms through graduation.
- Secondary and All-level students will begin in senior year.
- UTeach follows a specifically designed schedule.
- Class embedded observations/assignments are completed at various times.
What will the students need to do?
All UTA students are required to complete early field experience observations and assignments. This may include creating and teaching a lesson, interviewing school personnel, reading a story, helping their cooperating teachers as needed, etc.
What are the UTA policies for the students?
What do we expect of our students? (UTA’s Professional guidelines)
Our students are held to a standard of dispositions that have been identified as essential for a highly–qualified professional.
Dispositions statement with link: Policy and Guidelines for the Assessment of Professional Dispositions
All students are required to review the Texas Education Agency's Code of Ethics: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYCCyVaf2g1vuF3qIz1NjEWFeMtxaBMvC
Who should I contact If I have questions or concerns?
If you contact the Office of Educational Field Experiences, we will address any issues and make contacts as needed.