Q: If I am already teaching, can I use my own classroom for student teaching?
Some of Rio’s teacher candidates are already teaching in a private, public charter school, or public LEA. In these situations, it may be possible to student teach in the candidate’s own classroom without the benefit and support of a Supervising Practitioner. (This option is not retroactive—you must be enrolled in the student teaching lab and assigned a college supervisor for the 12-week placement to be valid.)
This arrangement must be set up in advance, must be approved by the school administration, and must be monitored weekly by a Rio Salado Program Supervisor. The Principal or designee at the school will also be asked to submit a Weekly Progress Report. There is no reduction in cost to the teacher candidate. As with all student teaching placements, you must be teaching in a classroom that matches your certification level and content area. Individuals student teaching utilizing their own classroom will pay a higher course fee of $600.00, as a Program Supervisor will need to complete additional visits due to not having a Supervising Practitioner.