Further information for community partners regarding EDUC 400 "Beyond the Classroom" placements.
Professional Programs invites organizations to partner with us to provide SFU student teachers with opportunities to broaden and deepen their understandings of education by spending time in sites of teaching and learning beyond the walls of schools.
Starting fall 2018, new student teachers in the Professional Development Program (PDP) will complete approximately 15 to 20 hours of guided observations and experiences ‘beyond the classroom’ between November 17 and 25, 2018. Recognizing that student teachers are at the beginning of their journey to become certified teachers, their role will be primarily as observers, but they can also participate in the important educational work of community partners. University faculty will provide student teachers with foundational themes to guide their experiences and their reflections. For example, student teachers might be asked to consider how practices they observe in community contexts may be applicable in school contexts or how they may work with organizations in the community to provide meaningful educational experiences for students in schools.
Community Partners can expect that PDP student teachers will be matched according to their personal interests based on surveys they complete as part of our admissions process. Also, all student teachers will have completed a rigorous, competitive application process which includes a criminal background check, professional letters of recommendation, as well as previous volunteer experience with school-aged children and youth.
If you are interested in hosting one or more of our student teachers, please complete the online recruitment form at the link above.
We look forward to the possibility of partnering with your organization during the 2018/19 school year. If you have questions about the unique features of SFU’s teacher education programs, the role of Community Partners, or procedures for student teacher placements, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to connect via phone, email, or in person.