Country Partners Roles & Responsibilities
The following roles and responsibilities are assigned to country partners in both the Global Student Teaching and Global Practicum programs.
- Locate appropriate schools/educators willing to guide and supervise Teacher Candidates.
- Recieve application materials and contact school administrator to make appropriate placements for GST students.
- Prepare University Supervisor and Cooperating Teachers school(s) for their responsibilities.
- Advise and assist the Teacher Candidate in arranging for room and board (home stays are often preferred).
- Foster effective relationships and communication among all participants including the Director, University Supervisor, Cooperating Teacher, Teacher Candidate, host family, and school personnel.
- Monitor all aspects of the placement from the Teacher Candidate's arrival in the host country to his/her departure. Arrange for someone (GST Country Administrator, University Supervisor, or Host Family) to meet the Teacher Candidate at the airport.
- Review GST Teacher Candidate application materials and determine if an individual will be offered an assignment in the school.
- Offer assistance in finding living arrangements for GST
- Review the student’s criminal background check report and determine fitness for entry to the school.
- Select a qualified Cooperating Teacher in the Teacher Candidate's subject area(s).
- If time allows, participate in the evaluation of each Teacher Candidate through observation of the student’s work and submit a letter of recommendation at the conclusion of the placement.
University Supervisors are responsible for the professional development of the Teacher Candidate and for determining the readiness of the student for entry into the teaching profession. University Supervisors:
- Assist in the proper administration of the policies and practices of UMM’s GST program.
- Advise and assist the Teacher Candidate in arranging living arrangements.
- Assist students in preparing for their student teaching assignments.
- Monitor work of students through regular communication with each Teacher Candidate, Cooperating Teacher, and Country Administrator.
- Meet with relevant school administrators and resolve any concerns about the student teaching experience and relationships between the school and GST program.
- Keep the GST Director at UMM informed of the status of each Teacher Candidate throughout his/her enrollment in the program.
Student teaching is an important part of the UMM Teacher Education Program. It is during this time that Teacher Candidates begin to see themselves as teachers rather than students. Because of the significance attached to the supervisory role, it is critical that each Teacher Candidate has a caring, competent Cooperating Teacher who is familiar with the expectations of the student teaching experience. The GST program is committed to provide guidance to its Cooperating Teachers through the suggestions, expectations and materials below, in addition to open and frequent communication.