Process for Becoming a Student Teacher
Once accepted for a student teaching placement in our schools, the assigned cooperating teacher and school principal shall complete Parts I and II of the Student Teacher Authorization form (found below) and forward it to Maxine Breuer in Human Resources. In order to serve as a student teacher within one of our schools, you must complete the requirements and steps outlined below:
Steps Upon Approval for Placement
If you are accepted for placement, the assigned cooperating teacher and school principal shall complete parts I and II of the Student Teacher Authorization Form (found below), attach it to your application, and forward them both to Human Resources.
- Meet with Human Resources
Upon receipt of the form and application, you will be contacted by Human Resources to schedule an appointment to complete the required paperwork. This meeting must take place before you can begin your student teaching assignment. Please bring the following with you when you meet with Human Resources:
- Payment to Essex Westford School District of $12.00, to cover the cost of the Criminal Record Check processing. Credit and/or debit cards are not accepted.
- Two forms of identification, which are needed to complete the required Form I-9. One form of identification must establish identity (e.g. drivers` license, VT Liquor Control ID, photo student I.D., etc.) and the other must establish employment eligibility (e.g. social security card, birth certificate, and the like). A passport will also be accepted.
During your meeting with human resources you will be asked to complete the background check and other employment requirements, which includes a fingerprint supported background check, registry checks with the Agency of Human Services(AHS), Fingerprint Authorization Request, and other required employment paperwork (e.g. Form W-4, Form I-9). Human Resources will provide you with a Fingerprint Authorization Certificate to bring to a designated Identification Center for fingerprinting. For more information about background check and other employment requirements click here.
Directions to the central office: From 5-Corners in Essex Junction, head South on VT Route 2A,Park Street. Building is on the right 1/4th of a mile from 5-Corners.
- Complete Mandatory Training
All student teachers must complete the EWSD Mandatory Training prior to the start of their student teaching experience. The Mandatory Training can be accessed here. Human Resources will provide you the necessary username and password to access this training when you contact them to schedule an appointment.
- Obtain Fingerprints
After you meet with Human Resources, have your fingerprints taken at a designated Identification Center for completion of the criminal record background requirement. There is a $25.00 charge for the fingerprint card, which is paid directly to the Identification Center when fingerprinted. You must bring two forms of identification with you in order to be fingerprinted. One must be valid photo ID (e.g.: PHOTO Drivers license, VT Liquor Control ID, or Military ID), the second can be a social security card, birth certificate or other form of identification. You will also need to bring your completed Fingerprint Authorization Certificate provided by Human Resources. Fingerprints will not be taken without the certificate.
The Chittenden County Identification Center is located at the Chittenden County Sheriff`s Office on Ethan Allen Drive. Please call (802) 863-4341 to schedule an appointment (walk-ins will not be accepted). Please click here for other locations.
If you have completed the Criminal Records Check with another Vermont public or independent school within the past year, you may not have to obtain additional fingerprints if: (1) the record still exists; (2) you agree to complete a release; and (3) the agency agrees to release the criminal record check results to us.
- Final Authorization to Student Teach
Once you’ve completed the required fingerprinting and paperwork, human resources will provide you with the approved Student Intern Authorization form to give to your cooperating teacher verifying your eligibility to student teach. This authorization must be provided before your assignment can commence.
Prior to completion of your solo activity – Upon completion of the required paperwork outlined herein, student teachers are eligible to substitute teach for their cooperating teacher(s) only. Substitute teaching is limited to the cooperating teacher(s) in order to assure minimal disruption to your learning activities and to not interfere with your internship/apprenticeship responsibilities.
After the completion of your solo activity – Upon successful completion of your student teaching assignment you may also be eligible to substitute throughout the EWSD (or your preferred schools within the EWSD). To qualify, you must have a minimum of two Recommendation Rubrics (found below) completed (one from your cooperating teacher and one from the principal) and submitted directly to Human Resources. We can only accept recommendation rubrics received directly from the person completing the form. You will not be eligible to substitute teach upon completion of your student teaching assignment until these rubrics are received and you are approved to substitute teach. Click here for more information about substitute teaching.
Minimum Performance Expectations
While serving as a student teacher with our supervisory union, you are expected to meet the minimum performance expectations. These minimum performance expectations include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Reports for duty at designated locations and times. Student teacher attendance shall be expected during the duration of the standard teacher workday, plus additional meetings and other events as scheduled beyond the standard workday.
- Prepares and delivers assignments as directed by the assigned cooperating teacher.
- Encourages students to set and maintain acceptable standards of classroom behavior, and models such behavior to students.
- Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.
- Maintains records as requested or assigned by the cooperating teacher.
- Complies with and assists in upholding and enforcing school rules, administrative regulations, and school district policies and procedures.
- Attends and participates in faculty meetings, department meetings, mentor council meetings, and district meetings as requested.
- Works to establish and maintain open lines of communication with students, parents, and colleagues concerning both the academic and behavioral progress of all students.
- Establishes and maintains cooperative professional relations with others.
- Performs related duties as assigned by the cooperating teacher in accordance with district policies and practices.
- Follows all EWSD policies and procedures, school rules and expectations, and applicable federal and state laws and regulations.