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Idaho State University

Cooperating Teachers

In order to become a cooperating teacher, [Idaho School Code mandates] that cooperating teachers:

  • Certified to teach in the content area in which intern will be placed
  • Three years of full-time successful teaching experience
  • Recommendation of principal
  • Strong mentoring skills; desire to mentor an emerging professional
  • Interested in partnering with ISU in the preparation of a future professional educator

Cooperating teachers serve as mentors for both the clinical experiences and student teaching internship.

Cooperating teacher responsibilities when hosting an Idaho State student teacher:

  • Work closely with student-teacher when planning their initial lessons
  • Co-plan and co-teach
  • Assist, mentor, observe
  • Complete 5 Framework for Teaching observations
  • Provide opportunities for a minimum of 4 weeks of solo teaching
  • Coordinate with the University Supervisor to complete the Idaho Professional Learning Plan (IPLP) and Common Summative Assessment (CSA)