Dear Student Teachers,
At American College Education (ACE), we believe teaching and learning are dynamic processes requiring deep understanding of academic content, educational pedagogy, value for diverse learners, and application and interaction in a classroom setting. As you begin your educational career, you will have the opportunity to develop and implement lessons based on national and state standards, and best practices in instructional methodology. You will utilize the content knowledge gained from your previous coursework as you make decisions about planning/teaching, assessment, the learning environment, diverse learners, and the learning process.
The purpose of this handbook is to familiarize you with the process of the Student Teaching Experience. It should serve as your guide in completing the Student Teaching Experience and a reference for pertinent information on all aspects of the process. One of the best ways to gain insight into the process and knowledge about the requirements is to read through this Student Teaching Handbook.
The student teaching process is rooted in a professional collaboration between you, the Mentor Teacher, and the ACE Field Supervisor. Through the use of ongoing dialogue and feedback, the collaborative team is able to work cohesively and help you scaffold the Student Teaching Experience. This collaboration will allow you the opportunity to practice the skills necessary to become an effective educator as you prepare to work successfully in schools and school districts.
Dr. Tiffany Hamlett
Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
American College of Education