School Associates

Help develop the next generation of educators. 

For student teachers, observing and developing educational practices in BC schools is a critical part of their professional development. For administrators, it's a great way to engage your teaching staff and attract bright, new educators to your school. During these challenging times, this is a chance for us all to work together. 

If there's a teacher(s) at your school willing to supervise a student teacher in the fall and/or spring semesters, we'd love to have them join our team as a school associate.  

To register a teacher's interest, please complete and submit the online recruitment form

Who are we looking for?

For this role, we are seeking educators who are willing to collaborate and mentor student teachers though various stages of their teacher education program. School associates help student teachers make sense of the vast and complex world of educational practice and support them while they develop their own instructional practice.

We welcome generalist elementary school teachers (K-7), as well as secondary school teachers in the following subject areas: 

  • Computing science
  • Core French
  • Drama
  • French immersion (all subjects)
  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical and health education
  • Science - biology, chemistry, physics and earth science
  • Social studies
  • Visual arts

What are the benefits?

Most school associates agree that mentoring a student teacher is a professionally enriching experience unlike any other. Often, school associates learn just as much as the students do.   

Primary benefits include:

  • SFU Tuition Fee Credits (transferrable; valued at approximately $800) - offered to school associates, in-school coordinators and administrators
  • Advancing the teaching profession by helping to develop new teachers
  • Reflecting on your instructional practice by observing student teachers
  • Engaging in dialogue around the latest educational theories, research and curriculum
  • Building rapport and professional relationships with your future colleagues
  • Attracting high-calibre new teachers to your school and district

In-school coordinators

An in-school coordinator (an administrator and/or designated school associate) is selected in schools where a group of three or more student teachers are placed for 401/402 Experiences. 

The in-school coordinator works with the faculty associate and colleagues in the school to set up opportunities for focused observations in different classrooms with a variety of enrolling and non- enrolling instructors and paraprofessionals. 

As thanks, in-school coordinators receive two tuition fee credits (TFCs) for their role in supporting the EDUC 401/402 experience. 

2020/21 UPDATE

We are here to support you while you mentor your student teacher, especially during this unusual year. We can be as flexible and adaptable as needed - whether you are teaching students face-to-face, online, hybrid, in the quarter system or on a linear timeline. Please reach out if you have any questions about your unique situation.

School Associate Materials - Request Form

To help you communicate the responsibilities, expectations and rewards of becoming a school associate to your team, we've prepared a range of digital and assets, including newsletter and web banners.  

To request these materials, please complete the following form.

What can we provide you with?