Fieldwork with Experienced Teachers
The School of Education offers an extraordinary approach to interning. The cornerstone of our clinical practice, co-teaching involves a master teacher and a teacher candidate collaboratively working and communicating to make the best decisions for students.
Our faculty and staff have worked with nationally recognized researchers to understand and implement co-teaching as our common practice in internships throughout each educational program. Early in their programs, education students receive field experience opportunities that are corequesites of professional education courses. Co-teaching practices and strategies are implemented into all internships and, most especially, the student teaching semester.
Succinctly described, co-teaching pairs a master teacher (the cooperating teacher) and teacher candidate (the Millikin student) together for a semester of teaching together. Co-teaching provides our teacher candidates with the ability to learn the intrinsic thinking behind teachers’ instructional and management decisions. To co-teach successfully, educators must establish trust, have effective communication, share the chores, celebrate the successes, and work together creatively. To foster this collegiality among incoming and veteran teachers, Millikin provides workshops for everyone involved in co-teaching.
Benefits of co-teaching
Co-teaching has research-based benefits to student learning and educator preparation. In particular, three of the benefits of using co-teaching in the classroom include:
- collaboration between the master teacher and teacher candidate throughout the placement,
- improved student test scores with two teachers in the classroom, and
- student teachers have more actual teaching time.