Associate teachers have the necessary teaching experience and the interpersonal and communication skills to mentor teacher candidates over a period of time and to evaluate their progress towards becoming teachers.
Teacher candidates are matched with associate teachers to reflect both division and subject areas of expertise. Associate teachers are welcome to host either one or two teacher candidates during the practicum experience. In the high school setting, teacher candidates may have more than one associate teacher within a department. These practices are intended to promote a collaborative planning and teaching model.
Associate schools are school communities who are interested in working in partnership with the Faculty of Education to support the growth of teacher candidates. Teacher candidates are assigned to associate schools as part of a professional learning community so that they may learn from experienced associate teachers and the school community over the school year. Each teacher candidate will be placed in a host school and classroom beginning as soon as possible in September.
Teacher candidates will select one of 5 cohorts depending on their division:
- Comprehensive School Health
- Global Education
- Urban Communities
- Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation
- Second Language Education