Observation & Participation



 Observation ( Level 1) is defined as purposefully watching a teaching-learning situation. Observations of the cooperating teacher and the assigned student teaching class should begin immediately and continue throughout the semester.


Through observations scheduled for the first few days of the placement, student teachers should become thoroughly familiar with classroom routines, materials, equipment, and school policies and procedures. Student teachers are encouraged to keep a record of written observations for discussion with the University Supervisor and/or cooperating teacher.

Observations of other teachers and classrooms in the assigned school should be made during the student teaching semester. Permission must be obtained from the Cooperating Principal to observe classes or teachers outside the assigned classroom. Student teachers may not go unannounced to observe other teachers in the assigned school, or in other schools without permission from the principal. Two formal observations outside the cooperating teacher's classroom are required during the semester.

 The student teacher should also make every effort to observe a variety of diverse teaching-learning situations. Special programs for elementary majors to observe would include: resource, gifted and talented, Headstart, academic readiness, and special reading programs. Programs suggested for secondary majors to observe are: other curriculum areas, athletic events, musical or theatrical performances, and student club meetings.


Participation (Level 2) is defined as assisting the cooperating teacher in all activities included in a teaching- learning situation except for direct teaching. Participation experiences in which student teachers can be involved are:

Faculty Duties

Faculty meetings


Hall, cafeteria, playground, and/or homeroom supervision


Reports and other required information for parent conferences


Attendance at school functions


After-school assistance to pupils for rehearsals and practices


Conferences and faculty meetings


Professional Activities

                        Professional development activities or


                        Professional organization activities


                        Committee assignment   

                        Attendance at professional meetings and/or conferences

Extracurricular Functions

                        Athletic contests

Student social activities


                        Faculty functions, drama activities, and/or musical events

                        Community functions


Since observations and participation begin the first day and continue throughout the semester, student teachers generally complete more than the minimal requirement of 100 combined hours of Level 1 and Level 2 field experiences.

Student teachers should have intensive participation in instructional tasks and professional development activities throughout the student teaching experience.


TEACHING (Level 3) hours are defined as the student teaching candidate assumes the primary responsibility for teaching students in small or whole group setting. Level 3 Teaching hours requires a candidate generated NSU-approved written lesson plan.