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Cooperating Teacher Application

School and Community Experiences manages placements for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, and Secondary English, Math, Science and Social Studies candidates. 

Trying to decide if hosting a student teacher or observer is right for you? Consider the following:

  • You have the option to co-teach with your student – even as needed during takeover – in order to stay connected to your students.
  • You have the option to connect with a colleague in the same content area to share a student placement in order to stay connected to your students.
  • You will create evidence for Domain 4 in Danielson Evaluations, specifically in the area of developing a professional community and growing and developing professionally (4d and 4e) by mentoring new teachers. 
  • You can earn a Tuition and Fee Waiver good for one semester, which must be used within the four semesters (including summer term) following the semester you mentored.
  • You will offer significant, lifetime impact on a student through your mentorship.
  • PDHs are available for hosting students.


Application Step 1:

Complete general information requested through the link below. (For directions, view the video below from 0:40 - 1:55.)

2021-2022 Step 1 - Co-op Request


Application Step 2:

After submitting the form from step 1, watch your email (usually the next business day) for a personalized link, where you will complete step 2 of your application. (For directions, view the video below starting at 1:56.)

During step 2, you will be required to request the courses you are interested in hosting. For detailed information about each course and their requirements, please review this document: AY 21-22 Courses

If you have questions during the application process, please email us at or call our office at (217) 333-2561.