Pre-Service Teaching

Pre-Service Teaching

Applications for Fall 2014 Pre-Service Teaching Due March 6th. More information is linked here.

This capstone experience provides students the opportunity to apply all they have learned throughout the Teacher Education program. Under supervision of their cooperating teacher, students assume full responsibility of the classroom they are assigned—including planning, classroom management, instruction, assessment, and reflection.

During the pre-service teaching experience, students are assigned to at least one cooperating teacher in their licensure area where they can serve as an apprentice—practicing the art and craft of teaching by working with actual students and performing teacher-related duties. A university supervisor works with the student and the cooperating teacher to promote development and insure that students meet the Department of Teacher Education’s expectations as described in the Pre-Service Teaching Handbook. The cooperating teacher and university supervisor serve as both mentors and evaluators, completing formative and summative reports of students' achievement/areas for improvement. The bulk of this course occurs at the site of pre-service teaching field experience; however, students will also return to campus for periodic seminars. The Director of Field Experiences will notify students of the exact schedule for the seminar sessions.

Students will demonstrate excellence in the following areas while carrying out teaching duties at their pre-service teaching field experience sites:

  1. Knowledge Base—Knowledge of subject matter, learning theory, and technology
  2. Application—Knowledge and skills in communication, planning, instruction, and assessment
  3. Professional Standards—Professional dispositions and the habits of continuous improvement
  4. Diversity and Inclusion—Sensitivity to students’ diverse needs and inclusion of all students
  5. Reflective Decision-Making—A reflective approach to making professional decisions


For additional information about the pre-service teaching experience, please contact Dr. Lisa Daniels, Director of Field Experiences via e-mail ( or phone (701-483-2048).


Pre-Service Teaching Documents


Pre-Service Teaching Handbook

Cooperating Teacher/University Supervisor Pre-Service Teaching Handbook

Assignment Templates

Teacher Candidate Information Form

DSU Lesson Plan Template

DSU Lesson Reflection Template

DSU Self-Observation Form

Form for Observation Blocks

Interview Forms

Resources for Application Materials

Sample Cover Letter/Letter of Interest

Sample Language to include in Cover Letter to share LiveText Portfolio

Sample Resume (created by ND building administrators and superintendents)

Sample Resume 2


All evaluations by the cooperating teacher and university supervisor will be completed in the Field Experience tab in LiveText. Additionally, the university supervisor and/or the cooperating teacher may request other assignments be submitted there. At a *minimum* the Impact on Student Learning project must be submitted under the Field Experience tab. LiveText tip sheets are hyperlinked below. Should you need additional assistance, please either contact LiveText support (1-866-LIVETEXT; or Dr. Lisa Daniels (701-483-2048;

LiveText help for Cooperating Teachers

LiveText help for University Supervisors

LiveText help for Students