School Associates

Advance the profession. Become a school associate. 

At SFU, we're committed to developing outstanding teachers. But we need your help. 

If you're an experienced educator who's willing to collaborate and share your classroom with someone excited to join the profession, consider becoming a mentor and school associate today.  


Most school associates agree that mentoring a student teacher is a professionally enriching experience unlike any other. School associates often learn just as much, if not more, than the student teacher. 

  • Advance your career by becoming a leader and mentor 
  • Learn something new at SFU by using your Tuition Fee Credits 
  • Reflect on your instructional practice by observing student teachers
  • Discover the latest theories research by engaging with student teachers
  • Help students by attracting talented new teachers to your school
  • Grow your community by building relationships with future teachers
  • Give back to the profession by sharing your skills and experience 

Hear what our student teachers have to say...


School associates are experienced educators who mentor high-calibre student teachers though various stages of their professional development, particularly the placement and practicum semesters. 

Our student teachers have passed a rigorous and competitive application process that includes exceptional professional references, previous experience working with school-aged children, and the successful completion of university coursework.  

For this role, we welcome generalist elementary school teachers (K⁠–7), as well as secondary school teachers in the following subject areas: 

  • Computing science
  • Core French
  • Dance
  • 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 does the role involve? 

School associates help student teachers make sense of the vast and complex world of educational practice. This means inviting student teachers into your classroom to observe your teaching practice, as well as mentoring and supporting them as they develop their own instructional practice. 

As a school associate, no two days will be the same, but you can expect to: 

  • Schedule meetings with student teachers to discuss expectations, instructional responsibilities and their development;
  • Share resources and understandings of what, how, and why you teach;
  • Provide ongoing feedback, informally and in writing;
  • Liaise with faculty associates to discuss the extent and nature of the student teacher’s growth.

What is the placement schedule like? 

The placement schedule depends on which teacher education program the student teacher is in.

Visit the placement information page for more information. 

How do I register my interest?

Please speak to your school administrator about becoming a school associate. School associates MUST be recommended to SFU by their administrator. 

If you are a school administrator, please use the school associate recruitment form to register a teacher's interest. Registering a teacher's interest does not guarantee that a student teacher will be placed with them. 

For more information, please contact our placement coordinators:


If you're interested in mentoring a student teacher this fall, speak to your school administrator or contact our placement team today. 

Our team is here to support you and your student teacher. Please reach out if you have any questions about your unique situation.

When I went through the PDP I had an amazing experience and I was mentored by some incredible teachers that I learned so much from. Now as a school associate, I love seeing the energy that the student teachers bring into my classroom. They're so excited. It's contagious. 

- Tami McDiarmid