Northwestern State University was founded in 1884 when the state legislature chartered the Louisiana State Normal School. For over 130 years NSU has been involved in preparing young men and women for a career in education. We truly believe that the future of our nation rests largely in the quality of our schools, and that the quality of our schools is primarily determined by the competency of the teacher in the classroom.

        The NSU College of Education & Human Development is committed to providing our students with a positive, professional, and practical student teaching experience.  University supervisors and cooperating/mentor teachers are the professionals who work with student teachers to ensure a successful student teaching/ residency experience which will encourage our pre-service teachers to enter the education profession as enthusiastic and effective teachers.

        Thank you for your service to Northwestern and to the College of Education & Human Development. The cooperating teacher is one of the most important factors in the student teaching program since she or he is the person who will work most closely in a helping role with the student teacher. Much of the success of the student teaching program is dependent upon the cooperating teacher's supervision and direction of the activities, methods and techniques employed by the student teacher.

        This site identifies the roles and responsibilities of the cooperating teacher during the Student Teaching/Residency 2 semester. Procedures for conferencing, evaluation of instruction, assessment of professional skills and dispositions, mentoring suggestions, and  information and materials necessary for the supervision of student teacher candidates from Northwestern State University teacher preparation programs are provided. Information is taken from the Cooperating Teacher Handbook, which is attached.

        Please contact Connie Melder, Director of Field Experiences & Clinical Practice, at 318.357.6278 or melderc@nsula.edu with questions or concerns.