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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.

Submit your interest in hosting an ISU teacher candidate for a clinical or student teaching experience.

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
  • participate in the online Cooperating Teacher Training which includes the Framework for Teaching, Mentoring, Observations and Roles and Responsibilities
  • coordinate with the University Supervisor to complete the Idaho Professional Learning Plan (IPLP) and Common Summative Assessment (CSA)

Tuition Fee Waivers

To show our sincere gratitude for the mentors of the future professional educators in Idaho, Idaho State University offers fee waivers.

Teach • Lead • Mentor • Partner

ISU is seeking highly-effective teacher leaders to partner in the preparation of tomorrow’s professional educators.

Teachers have the opportunity to have a powerful impact, not only on the learners in their classrooms, but also on the emerging professionals who are completing their clinical experience.

Let’s get the conversation started. Let us know if you would like to partner with the College of Education to share your extensive knowledge and expertise with our eager teacher education candidates. You will have the opportunity to extend your influence in and beyond the classroom, and to create a dynamic partnership with the College of Education.

For information about the Student Teaching Internship, and roles and responsibilities of cooperating professionals, please refer to the Educator Preparation Clinical Practice Handbook.

“Of all the approaches available to educators to promote teacher learning, the most powerful (and embedded in virtually all others) is that of professional conversations.” Charlotte Danielson