MUED 4910: Student Teaching is a course that is 15 weeks of observation and full-time teaching under the supervision of an experienced host teacher and a Georgia College Department of Music supervisor in an off-campus music education classroom designated by the Department of Music. It is taken in conjunction with MUED 4909: Student Teaching Seminar, an online course that all teacher candidates register for in order to stay connected with each other and with the university faculty as well as receives additional assignments that relate to the student teaching experience.
The student teaching experience should last for a minimum of 15 weeks. This does not include long breaks such as spring or fall breaks or holidays. This time line is equivalent to 75 days of instruction, pre-planning, workshops, observations, etc. A beginning and ending date is listed on the application for student teaching and is listed in the letter to the host teacher, system superintendent and school principal from the Music Education Coordinator. This beginning date should be the date that the host teacher begins work – pre-planning in the fall if the teacher candidate begins his or her experience in the fall and on the first day back from Christmas break if the student teaching begins then. The end date can be extended with the approval of the host teacher, the university supervisor and the school administration in order for the teacher candidate to perform in a concert, program or school function etc. The end date may not be shortened.
All teacher candidates are expected to observe for a period of about 5 weeks at the beginning of the student teaching experience. During this time, the teacher candidate may help with any teaching that the host teacher may ask such as warm-ups, sectionals, helping tutor individual students, etc. Then approximately during the sixth week of student teaching, the teacher candidate should begin to teach classes taking one or two classes each week until the teacher candidate is teaching all of the classes. The minimum amount of time that the teacher candidate teaches all of the classes should be two weeks. Then the teacher candidate gradually releases the classes back to the host teacher. Toward the end of the 15 weeks, the teacher candidate is encouraged to observe other teachers in the school if the host teacher and the university supervisor agree that it would be beneficial. If the host teacher will allow the teacher candidate to teach all of the classes for a longer period of time, they may. The teacher candidate cannot have too much teaching time!
The teacher candidate is expected to keep a portfolio of his or her student teaching experience. This should be well-kept and up to date at all times. This portfolio should be a 3” binder with tab dividers. The university supervisor will check the portfolio during visits. The following is a list of the things that should be kept in the portfolio in section dividers:
a. Lesson plans – Lesson plans should be in chronological order and signed by the host teacher. The student should have a written lesson plan for each lesson taught. The format of the lesson plan should be similar to those used by the host school system or one chosen by the student and approved by the host teacher.
b. Journal - Each teacher candidate will be expected to keep a record of his/her experience to form a student teaching journal. It is advised that the student write in the journal every day to avoid getting behind. The university supervisor will check this journal on visits. If the journal is not current, the student will be penalized. It is not necessary for the teacher candidate to write a chronological list of everything that occurs during the day, but a concise reflection of the teaching/observing experience that will be of value when the experience is completed.
c. Unit plan – This is a 7-10 day unit of comprehensive lesson plans for a select class (45-60 minutes of instruction). These lesson plans differ from the above lesson plans in that they are more detailed and should be ready . Each lesson of the unit should include the following detailed information:
i. Objectives (multiple and linked to national and state standards)
iii. Procedure (timed and linked to objectives)
vi. Pre-Test and Post test for the unit
d. Class materials – Materials like worksheets, study sheets, scale sheets, etc. Collect as many teaching materials as possible. Include hard copies in this section and electronic copies if possible.
e. Evaluations - Forms and comments from the university supervisor and host teacher, self evaluation, weekly evaluations and final evaluations by the host teacher.
f. School handbook – The teacher candidate will need to read this to familiarize themselves with the school's policies and procedures. If a program handbook exists, it is recommended that you include a copy of this also.
g. Extra materials – Hard and electronic copies of programs, calendars, letters, forms and other materials that will help you with the administration of teaching.