Pre-service Teaching at VWU

Pre-service teaching (student teaching) is the culminating experience in all teacher education programs at Virginia Wesleyan University. These programs include content courses, professional education courses, and multiple field experiences. Pre-service teaching is often regarded as both the most challenging and most enjoyable experience in the teacher preparation programs. During this experience, candidates are encouraged to apply all of the theories, content knowledge, and teaching methods that have been studied in the university classroom.

It truly takes a team to provide a high-quality pre-service teaching experience. A Handbook has been developed for all of the participants in the pre-service teaching experience and should serve as a guide for the pre-service teacher, the university supervisor, and the classroom cooperating teacher, and the host administrator. All of the participants collaborate to ensure the successful completion of the pre-service teaching experience.

Pre-service Teaching - A Definition

Pre-service teaching is a period of guided, supervised teaching. The student teacher is gradually introduced into the teaching role by a or cooperating teacher. The cooperating teacher works with and encourages the student teacher to assume greater responsibility in for instruction and classroom management as the experience progresses. The student teacher begins as an observer and finishes the pre-service teaching experience as a competent professional.

Pre-service Teaching – The Objective

Pre-service teaching is an essential experience in the preparation of future teachers. Although all academic and education courses, field activities, and practica contribute knowledge, skills, and experiences to the prospective teacher, pre-service teaching provides the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of assuming the instructional and professional responsibilities of a full-time teacher.