Co-teaching during student teaching is the final clinical, capstone experience for all Avila teacher candidates. Teacher candidates are placed in school districts of the student's choice (if possible) to collaboratively plan lessons and apply teaching skills under the supervision and assistance of a cooperating teacher. All final clinical experiences are supervised by an Avila University supervisor. All teacher candidates final clinical experience will be 12 weeks in order to fulfill program requirements. Candidates in K-12 Art, or Vocal Music and Special Education may have additional student teaching weeks to ensure exposure to all pertinent grade levels.
Under the guidance of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor, the teacher candidate will gradually and effectively assume full responsibility for a classroom and all related duties during his/her co- teaching experience.
Teacher candidates will be visited by their university supervisor a minimum of three times.
A teacher candidate who must complete two (2) final clinical placements; must be successful (defined as a B or better) at the first placement in order to begin the second placement. If the teacher candidate is not successful, the student may not be allowed to begin the second placement until agreed upon improvements have been demonstrated.
Teacher candidates are required to complete the Seminar course during the semester they are co-teaching.