Frequently Asked Questions
Who can submit a Pre-Student
student who has been admitted to the Teacher Education programs with a G.P.A.
of 2.7 or higher.
When do I fill out the paperwork for
my Pre-Student Teaching placement?
If you are an elementary student, you will be notified to sign up for your
Professional Education Sequence. During this sign up procedure you will also
complete the placement application which can be found at ___. Submit the placement application by the
requested due date.
If you are a secondary student, once
you have enrolled in your secondary pre-student teaching course, you will
receive an e-mail via your CMU global ID providing you with instructions and a
link to log onto the TEPD website you will also complete the placement application
which can be found at ___. Submit the
placement application by the requested due date.
When do I find out which school I am
placement has been made by the Pre-Student Teaching office the information will
be updated on your SI sheet.
Can I choose my own school for my
No, you may not choose your own school. However, if you commute to Mt.
Pleasant, the Director/Coordinator will take suggestions in order to place you
as close to your home as possible.
Can I do my fieldwork in my home
No, you may not do your pre-student teaching hours in your home school. Even if
you have graduated many years prior to your experience you still cannot go back
to your home school.
Can I contact a teacher on my own
before my placement?
No, please do not contact the schools
until you receive an announcement through Blackboard that it is okay to do so.
What if my schedule changed after I
filled out my forms and I can’t make my assigned time for the fieldwork?
You are always welcome to rearrange your schedule with your host teacher once
you have your placement. The host teacher has the final say on changes but most
teachers are very accommodating to students. You will complete a Pre-Student
Teaching Placement Verification assignment on Blackboard, and you can turn in
your changes at that time. Day and time changes are sometimes made after you
receive your placement information.
When and where do I turn in the
The Pre-Student Teaching Director/Coordinator will be coming to your on campus
pre-student teaching class 4 times during the semester. The specific dates will
be listed on Blackboard and on the TEPD website. You will be required to turn
in all forms and evaluations at those class meetings. Any form not turned in at
your class becomes your responsibility to bring to EHS 421.
What are journals/reflections and
when are those required?
Focus journals/reflections ask questions that allow you to review your
experience in the classroom and will be submitted on Blackboard. These are due to
be entered onto Blackboard after each school visit.
What if I don’t get along with my
host teacher or if I sense problems in the classroom?
Who evaluates my classroom experience?
If you are experiencing problems with your placement you should contact the
Pre-Student Teaching Director/Coordinator immediately. At that time the
Director/Coordinator will go over the concerns with you and make an assessment
as to whether a new placement is needed. Always communicate early if you sense
a problem or concern about your placement.
Your host teacher fills out two
evaluations on your classroom performance. One is filled out after your 5th
week in the classroom. The final evaluation is completed on your last visit. You
will also have two lesson evaluations done by your host teacher, one after each
lesson you present in the classroom. Each of these evaluations are to be
submitted, to EHS 421, within one week from when the event being evaluated took
place. Your faculty instructor will have forms and other requirements that
coincide with your on campus pre-student teaching class. On some occasions the
Pre-Student Teaching Director/Coordinator will be making visits to your host
What happens if I don’t finish my
Pre-Student Teaching hours?
You must complete all requirements in order to be eligible to student teach.
This includes field hours, forms, evaluations, requirements and a final grade
from your university pre-student teaching instructor.
Can I go to my host classroom more
than once a week?
Yes, you may go extra hours if you have time in your schedule and you have
approval from your Host Teacher. Should
your experience be shorter than ten weeks, your CMU instructor and the
Pre-Student Teaching office needs to be notified for approval.
What’s the best way to get in touch
with the director/coordinator?
Email is the best way to contact director/coordinator; Jennifer Quick, Director
firstname.lastname@example.org / Sandra Koch, Coordinator email@example.com. You can also set up
an appointment by calling Kelly McDonald at 989-774-7662.
I lost a form, what do I do?
Evaluation forms are available in EHS 421.
What if I am sick or I can’t make the
day I am scheduled to be in the host
If you are sick you must contact your host teacher and or host school by phone
before your absence. The teacher is expecting you and usually plans activities
with your availability in mind. Always get the school phone number and host
teacher’s phone number on your first visit to your classroom.
If you know ahead of time that you
are not available for your scheduled day discuss this with your host teacher
and arrange a time to make up the hours.
I’m a little apprehensive about
going into a school classroom. Can I prepare for this experience in some way?
New situations are not always easy, but the host teachers are very accepting
and welcome your presence and help in the classroom. Enjoy this experience and
let it be the first step in your career as a professional educator. Your method
classes will help give you the needed skill set. Having a passion to teach and
being a part of the lives of young people are the best prerequisites.