The professional semester is the final semester and the culmination of the education major's teacher preparation. The professional semester may be composed of student teaching or the alternate program.
During student teaching the student will put into practice skills and theories learned in the excellent courses at YCP as well as skills and theories of the assigned cooperating teacher. As the student teaching semester progresses the student teacher will acquire responsibilities until he or she has full responsibility for the entire day. The student teacher will spend a minimum of two weeks with full responsibility. Upon successful conclusion of student teaching, student teachers will receive a grade, a letter of recommendation from their college supervisor, and a letter of recommendation from their cooperating teacher. Transportation for Student Teaching is the responsibility of the student. There is the possibility that the student may be placed up to fifty-five minutes away for Student Teaching.
There is one special opportunity for student teaching in addition to student teaching in the local area school districts. The Education department has a very select opportunity to student teach in Burke County North Carolina.
Burke County Public Schools, located in Morganton, North Carolina, provide student teachers with a unique experience in a rural area that strongly supports education and teachers. Many of our student teachers are offered full time teaching positions upon successful completion of student teaching.
This student teaching experience requires additional application materials beyond what is described next. For more information and the additional application materials, please see the coordinator of field services.
The process of applying for the professional semester must commence one year prior to when an education major wishes to do the professional semester. In order to apply for the professional semester, students must have the following requirements completed:
Beginning the first week of September or the first week of February, education majors may register to receive directions for the professional semester application in the Education department office. The application is completed online, printed out, photocopied and submitted to the Education Department by the second Friday in October or the second Friday in March. The applications are due by no later than 3:30 p.m. that day.
To qualify for a letter of completion you must:
Letters will be available beginning the last day of student teaching.
Letters are signed by the Education department chair and may be used as a temporary substitute teaching Pennsylvania license.