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  • The CCE office is located in Education Human Services, Room 421 (EHS 421). CCE places students in their Pre-Student Teaching and Student Teaching field placements, as well as nurturing partnerships throughout the educational community. For information call 989-774-3662.  ​
  • The CSS office is located in Education Human Services, Room 421 (EHS 421). CSS handles the Teacher Education admission process, graduation, and certification issues.  For information call (989)774-3309​. ​
  • Central Michigan University’s professional education program is designed to provide candidates with a conceptual framework of professional practice that is concept and knowledge-driven, learner-centered, and promotes reflective practice, referred to as the CLeaR Model.  For more information on the CLeaR Model.​
  • Classroom teacher assigned to assist and mentor a teacher education candidate during their field experiences. Classroom teachers who agree to supervise a teacher education candidate must be recommended by their building principal and meet the requirements as outlined in the standard School District Agreement.  
  • Professional dispositions address the Teacher Candidate’s commitment to the students, the learning process and the profession. The Professional Education Faculty and staff expect candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Education to exhibit these professional dispositions.
  • There are six diversity requirements that all education students must meet prior to being recommended for certification through the State of Michigan: Urban/Rural, ESL, Exceptionalities, Gender, Socio-economic status, Race/Ethnicity. 
  • This meeting is held during the first week of classes in the semester, prior to Student Teaching, in preparation for the Student Teaching semester.  Meeting dates and times will be posted.  Detailed information will be provided at this meeting, regarding the clinical experiences application and related items that are required prior to Student Teaching. 
  • The placement refers to the assigned Cooperating Teacher and is the mentor of the teacher education candidate.  The Center for Clinical Experiences staff makes placements, so that all articulation agreements are followed.  Cooperating Teachers are selected in cooperation with the school’s designated administrator.  Teacher Candidates are NOT allowed to seek field placements, as doing so may jeopardize their placement in the program.​ ​​​​
  • The Pre-Student Teacher is enrolled in a set of Professional Education Sequence courses, which prepare the PST for teaching. The PST is responsible for making sure they have chosen the right career path and are dedicated to building and instructing a classroom that functions for ALL learners. ​
  • This experience is offered in conjunction with teacher education methods courses.  The PST is required to apply theories and ideas from the methods classes in a real classroom setting.  The Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience must be completed successfully prior to Student Teaching.   
  • Midterm Evaluation, which is completed approximately four to six weeks into the ten week experience by the Cooperating Teacher to gauge the progress of the Pre-Student Teacher and areas that will be focused on during the rest of the field experience.  
  • Final Evaluation, is a summative assessment which consists of a rating scale and a narrative of the student’s level of performance in the categories of the Professionalism and Pedagogy.  The four to six-week evaluation and the final evaluation almost mirror each other. 
  • Ongoing evaluation, takes place every two to three weeks through electronic Survey Forms to the Cooperating Teacher to monitor candidate progress. These evaluations represent the daily and weekly formative assessment of a Pre-Student Teacher’s growth toward the fulfillment of professional goals and objectives.
  • An entity comprised of faculty and staff who apply time and resources to the oversight and implementation of all aspects of professional education programs at the initial and advanced levels. The Professional Education Unit (PEU) is recognized by Central Michigan University as one of many components in the University structure.
  • Agreement between Central Michigan University and the schools’ governance boards, specifies conditions for Student Teaching.  All schools where Teacher Candidate are placed must have a signed agreement with CMU.​
  • This endorsement prepares teacher candidates of exceptional students at the elementary and secondary level.  Special Education is an endorsement added to the General Education degree.  Teacher Candidates complete a Student Teaching experience in a Special Education placement and then student teach the following semester in their General Education clinical experience.  Special Education students are advised by Center for Student Services advisors. Special Education Teacher Candidates must attend the Mandatory Student Teaching Application Meeting in the semester prior to their Special Education placement and they must attend the Mandatory Student Teaching Application prior to their General Education placement.​
  • The Student Information Sheet is located on the CSS website. Scroll down to “Check your Program Status.” To view this information, Teacher Candidates will need to input their global ID and password. All information related to an individual’s Teacher Education Program is available for viewing. Teacher Candidates should check this information on a regular basis. ​
  • This endorsement prepares teacher candidates of exceptional students at the elementary and secondary level.  Special Education is an endorsement added to the General Education degree. Teacher Candidates complete a Student Teaching experience in a Special Education placement and then student teach the following semester in their General Education clinical experience.  Special Education students are advised by Center for Student Services advisors. Special Education Teacher Candidates must attend the Mandatory Student Teaching Application Meeting in the semester prior to their Special Education placement and they must attend the Mandatory Student Teaching Application prior to their General Education placement.​
  • Teacher Candidates enrolled in EDU 432 (3 hours) and EDU 458 (10 hours), and EDU 522/581 (3) and EDU 456/458 (6) (special education majors only), of the teacher education program.
  • There are several Student Teaching Centers in Michigan.  Each Center has several University Coordinators who work with Teacher Candidates.​
  • This occurs after an observation when the Student Teacher interacts verbally with the Cooperating Teacher and the University Coordinator.  The conference should be conducted in an area where confidential information can be exchanged.
  • Ongoing evaluation, which represents the daily and weekly assessment of a Student Teacher’s growth toward the attainment of professional goals and objectives.
  • Mid-semester on-line Progress Evaluation, which is done by both the Cooperating Teacher and the Student Teacher as a tool to gauge the progress of the Student Teacher and areas that will be focused on during the rest of the field experience.
  • Final Evaluation is done on-line and matches the content in the Progress Evaluation. The decision to grant credit for the student teaching experience is the responsibility of the University Coordinator.
  • Meeting between the Student Teacher and University Coordinator where the desired student teaching placement is discussed and determines the criteria used for seeking placements. The interview is scheduled during the semester preceding student teaching.
  • Departmental faculty that visit secondary Student Teachers in their field placement are called SMSs.  Not all departments have SMSs.  The department schedules the observations with the Student Teacher.
  • A Teacher Education student who has been accepted into the Teacher Education program. During this timeframe students will towards becoming a professional educator.
  • A faculty member of the Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development working through the Center for Clinical Experiences of Central Michigan University, who arranges the placements, observes the Student Teacher at least six times, provides feedback, and evaluates Student Teachers. The University Coordinator and works collaboratively with schools and are experts in the field of education. 
  • The day the Student Teacher visits the building and classroom selected by the University Coordinator for their clinical experience.  Student Teaching placements are not considered final until after the potential Cooperating Teacher, building principal, and Student Teacher have completed the visitation/interview day. ​
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