On behalf of the faculty, staff, and teacher candidates in our 28 undergraduate teacher education programs at Illinois State University - thank you! We truly appreciate your willingness to share your time and expertise by mentoring our teacher candidates and value the role you play in preparing the next generation of educators.
In order to become a cooperating teacher, Illinois School Code mandates that cooperating teachers:
Illinois State University is thankful to the cooperating teachers, school districts, and agencies who mentor our teacher candidates during clinical experiences and student teaching. Part of that gratitude comes in the form of graduate tuition waivers.
Cecilia J. Lauby Teacher Education Center
Illinois State University
ATTN: Graduate Tuition Waivers
Campus Box 5440
Normal, IL 61790-5440
*Graduate tuition waivers will not be accepted after these dates and are non-transferable between school districts.
Mentoring a Pre-Student Teaching Experience:
Mentoring a Student Teaching Experience:
If you are seeking professional development hours for mentoring a student teacher, please complete the following steps to receive your professional development hours.
Step 1 - Record all student teacher interactions that result in professional growth using the cooperating teacher professional development log sheet, linked below. This log sheet should be maintained throughout the semester. Please note, per ISBE expectations: one hour of PD will be given for each 15 contact hours logged, for a maximum of 30 PD hours per student teaching experience (Please know that ISBE policy must be followed for how often this type of experience may be applied to PD licensure requirements and is the responsibility of the cooperating teacher to log and track PD records).
Step 2 - Complete the electronic professional development activity form, linked below, to request professional development (PD) hours. The activity form should not be completed until the conclusion of the professional development activity (working with the student teacher) is complete.
Step 3 - Email your completed electronic professional development log sheet to TeacherEdCenter@ilstu.edu
Step 4 - Your received professional development activity form (step 2) and professional development log sheet (step 3) will be confirmed with your student teacher's placement information. Once confirmed, PD hours will be issued according to approved logged time.
Please allow ample processing time to meet your Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) deadlines. Thank you.