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The Secondary Science Education Program has a partnership agreement with a local school district. Science teachers collaborate with university personnel to provide an innovative science education program that culminates in a capstone experience of student teaching. The program has led the university in using coteaching as a model for student teaching. This innovative approach on learning to teach emphasizes professional collaborations between students and teachers. Students are introduced to STEM and various education technologies to enhance their teaching practice. The university’s clinical faculty oversee the students’ field experiences and provide professional development to the district’s science teachers.
Teacher candidates have a series of field experiences during their sophomore, junior and senior years. Program faculty and staff supervise the field experiences. The program culminates in a 15-week capstone field experience (student teaching) in the spring semester of senior year. The student teaching experience includes a weekly seminar where teacher candidates relate their field experience to the educational theories and practices they have studied in prior courses.
Students apply for student teaching in the fall semester of their junior year; the teaching occurs in the Spring of each academic year for students who qualify. Applicants must have a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.75 in the discipline and have passed the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in reading, writing, and mathematics and the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment in order to student teach. In addition, students must have a grade of C- or better in their major courses.
We consider the senior year of the Science Education major as a transition from "full-time student" to "a professional." In the fall of the senior year, students take their final methods course, SCEN 491, along with any other remaining course requirements. They also begin working in their assigned student teaching placement as part of their methods coursework. In the spring, the students will begin the official student teaching experience. This is a full time placement in a middle school or high school.
Senior Science Education majors are assigned to teach in schools within a reasonable proximity to the university. Each student teacher must provide transportation to and from the student teaching location.
The student teaching application requirements and process, including information on required fingerprinting and background checks, are explained in detail at www.ocs.udel.edu/student-teaching/. For information about the praxis exams and licensure in Delaware, see the Accreditation/Certification section of this site
Student teaching is equivalent to a full-time position; your students need your complete focus and commitment. You may not take any other courses or work during student teaching. If you have questions about student teaching or the application process, please email Dr. Scantlebury.