Qualifying to Teach Away

The Education Department may grant you permission to student teach outside the *Roanoke Valley but you must provide to the Licensure Coordinator (by Oct. 1 to teach Spring, Mar. 1 to teach  Fall):


1. an online application to student teach
2. two faculty references from the major
3. rationale demonstrating the host school provides an experience not provided locally
4. documentation of the necessary intellectual and interpersonal skills required
     a.  Praxis I Math, VCLA, Praxis II, all other EDUC coursework, completed successfully
     b.  ≥ 3.0 GPA (cumulative, Education, and major)
     c.  written summary of global, multicultural, civic, and community-service experience
5. written permission to student teach from the host school
6. a satisfactory background check from your home state police department
7. documentation of appropriate teaching practice insurance  

Schedule and meet with your Education advisor and the Program Director. They inform the departmental vote at the next department meeting.  Department decisions may be appealed in writing to the Department Chair.       

Domestic Placements:

  • Provide appropriate documentation that the school would be a unique placement (culturally or instructionally) that is not available within the Roanoke area.
  • Arrange student teaching placement and provide a letter from the school's principal confirming the school is aware of the requirements and is willing to fulfill them.
  • The school must be accredited and approved by the Program Director.
  • Secure an on-sight supervisor (clinical faculty), arranging a $200 stipend for his or her work. Three years of classroom experience and a Master's in Education, or equivalent experience, are minimum requirements. Approval is required from the Program  Director.  

International Placements:

  • Arrange travel plans.
  • Complete the Study Away Student Teaching Travel and Contact Information form in the Education Handbook
  • attach a copy of your passport.
  • Submit the paperwork to the Program  Director.
  • Attend briefing program conducted by Roanoke College's International Education Office.
  • Complete any required paperwork.         
  • Secure health insurance appropriate for international travel.
  • Register with the U.S. State Department at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/.
  • Complete all medical requirements recommended for international travel by Roanoke College Health Services.
  • Sign Roanoke College Waiver of Liability for Independent Travel.  

After Program Admission:  

8. Remit $1000 program fee to Roanoke College Business Office. You will be billed.  
9. Upon EDUC written confirmation of placement, contact supervising clinical faculty member and principal.  
10. Attend seminar sessions.
     A. Orientation and pre-travel planning
     B. Portfolio, bloodborne pathogens, lesson planning  
11. Schedule meeting with Licensure Coordinator to complete required paperwork for licensure.    

*Roanoke Valley (Roanoke area) includes schools within City of Salem, Craig County, Roanoke City, and Roanoke County. Schools in Botetourt, Franklin, and Montgomery Counties, within a 30 minute drive of Roanoke College, are considered Roanoke area placements.

International Field Placement Process

Each away placement must provide a unique cultural, curricular, or instructional opportunity which is not available locally and must be approved by EDUC (this is not guaranteed).

Students seeking permission to teach outside the Roanoke area must meet the following guidelines:

1.  Applicants to EDUC 490-491:  Student Teaching must have successfully completed:

  • VCLA
  • Praxis I Math
  • Praxis II
  • 2.5 or greater GPA overall, EDUC, and major
  • EDUC 338 or competency

2.  Acceptance letter from target school

3.  Student Teaching Travel and Contact Information form (if applicable), must be completed by October 1 in the fall semester and March 1 in the spring semester before student teaching.

4.  Two letters of recommendation from non-EDUC College faculty (in addition to student teaching references) addressing your ability to work away independently and successfully.  These letters may be written by the same faculty completing the standard reference forms.

5.  An essay which combines three distinct personal attributes that, in sum, describe how you would represent Roanoke College in a positive manner.  The essay must be submitted to the Field Placement Director by October 1 in the fall semester and March 1 in the spring semester before student travel.

The essay should address each of the following elements:

A.  The elements of good citizenship and how you have contributed to your community, i.e. volunteering on or off campus, giving your support to family, colleagues and friends.

B.  Why you want to student teach outside the Roanoke Valley and how your skills and understanding will enable you to work independently and successfully.

C.  (International placements only) Your cross-cultural and/or global experiences (with dates) and a personal reference who knows of your experiences (with telephone number).  Reflection on how these experiences have shaped your understanding of cross cultural communication and your ability to adapt and adjust to life and work outside the U.S.

6.  Complete a cross cultural inventory.  (**International placements only)

7.  By October 1 or March 1, obtain a favorable/satisfactory state background check from the Virginia State Police or your home state police department.  Submit the documentation with your application.

8.  Interview with the Field Placement Director, Education Department Chair or International Placement Coordinator, and your Education Advisor.  If desired, you may ask your major advisor to serve on the committee.  Requirements 1-6 must be completed before meeting with the committee.  It is the student's responsibility to schedule the meeting.  The committee recommends to the Education faculty acceptance or denial for the requested student teaching placement.  If acceptance is denied, an appeal may be made to the Education Department Chair.  All appeals must be made in writing and include supporting documents.

9.  Submit $1,000 program fee to the Education Department.  Deadlines:  November 1 and April 1.

10.  Upon confirmation of placement, contact supervising clinical faculty member and principal (at school site)

11.  Secure appropriate teaching practice insurance.

12.  Attend student teaching seminar sessions.

A.  Orientation and pre-travel planning

B.  Portfolio, child abuse, blood borne pathogens, lesson planning

13.  Schedule meeting with Field Placement Director to complete required paperwork for licensure.

14.  Schedule Oral Defense date.

15.  Schedule field visit from an Education faculty member.

Additional Information

Alternative Domestic Placements: 

  • Arrange student teaching placement and provide a letter from the school's principal confirming the school is aware of requirements and willing to fulfill them.  The school must be accredited and approved by the Field Placement Director.
  • Secure an on-sight supervisor, arranging a $200 stipend for his or her work. three years of classroom experience and a Masters in Education are minimal requirements.  Approval is required from the Field Placement Director.

International Placements:

  • After the placement site is identified, write an informative essay on the country where the placement is made.  Address the topics of the country's history, schools, economics, culture, government, culture, and current issues.  If relevant, discuss U.S. military presence in the country.  The paper is due at the orientation seminar.
  • Arrange travel plans and complete the travel and contact information form, attach a copy of your passport.  Submit the paperwork to the Education International Program Director.
  • If student teaching abroad, attend briefing program conducted or approved by Roanoke College's International Education Program.
  • Secure health insurance appropriate for international travel.
  • Register with the U.S. State Department at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/.
  • Complete all medical requirements recommended for international travel by Roanoke College Health Services.
  • Sign Roanoke College Waiver of Liability for independent Travel.

*  Roanoke Valley includes schools within City of Salem, Craig County, Roanoke City, and Roanoke County.  Schools in Botetourt, Franklin and Montgomery Counties, within a 30 minute drive of Roanoke College, are also considered Roanoke area placements.

 
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