Summer/Fall Model - 5 Academic Quarters
Begins Summer A - if you completed WSU's undergraduate equivalent courses, you need not begin Summer A
Summer B for all candidates in the cohort
Start "Fall" in public schools - all students (before WSU Fall quarter)
Fall - full time student with field placements, 3 days a week in schools
Intersession - full time, 5 days a week for 2 weeks in December engaged in "co-teaching"
Winter - back to 3 days a week in the schools
Spring Quarter - full time internship (student teaching) 5 days a week
Our primary model is our summer/fall model that runs for 5 academic quarters. As we mention before, we call it summer/fall because you start your school placements before WSU starts in the fall, our summer.
You will have your first WSU course in the summer B term, but your school placement will start at the beginning of the public school year.
We are belaboring this point a bit because we have had candidates in the past plan weddings, honeymoons, vacations, etc. for the summer.
Anyway, back to our description of the summer/fall model.
For those that are not native students or who otherwise have not had the chance to take our "Phase I" courses and experiences, the college does offer the graduate level equivalent courses during the summer A term. Typically, the school placements that accompany these courses are not available on the same calendar as our summer term and the placements normally occur during the summer B term.
Your first school placement for the program starts when the school district's teachers report for work at the beginning of the school year. The school placements for this program are specific to the age range and subject area of the candidate's licensure goal. We do not use the same placement sites that we use for our "Phase I" courses. Our goal is to only use our formal school partners for the placement sites in this program. The school districts have met special criteria and have formally signed an agreement with WSU to be our partner in the training of teachers. The cooperating teachers are specially selected and met special criteria - like being Pathwise trained and model the kind of teaching practices that compliments the goal of the program. During the fall term, you will be attending 3 days a week at your school placement.
After the first placement in the fall, students are typically moved to another school placement after the holiday break. Some candidates remain in their placement for the entire program because their school meets the definition of a "diverse" placement or they have met that requirement in a "phase I" placement.
One of the features of being a "state approved program" is that we must demonstrate that our candidates have had a "diversity of experiences" in the program. We are not permitted to just leave you in the same school for the whole program.
During our winter "intersession" period (the time between the fall and winter terms), you will begin your full-time internship during the month of December. This portion of your internship will require you to attend 5 days per week and you will be "co-teaching" with your cooperating teacher.
You are still a full time graduate student, in addition to being an intern in your school. During the winter term, candidates will typically find that they are engaged in more "co-teaching" than during the fall term.
During the spring term, the candidate does their full time internship (student teaching) with the same group of students that they have been with since the beginning of the winter term. During this period the candidate's schedule shifts to be full time out in the school and part time at WSU. Your internship credit hours still keep you as a full time student at WSU, but your time will be full time out in the schools and coming to WSU only occasionally for a meeting or seminar.
Students will complete this program and the end of the spring quarter and will be June graduates.