What is Teacher Education Services?
Teacher Education Services (TES) supports students in meeting their goals of becoming an educator by guiding them along their path of coursework, supporting the shift from theory to practice, and supporting them through the three critical decision points in the Teacher Education Program: Admittance to the Teacher Education Program, Placement in Student Teaching, and Recommendation for Licensure. The following information provides a “snap shot” of the services TES provides. It truly doesn’t capture all of the work these team members do.
TES houses academic advising for the following students: Elementary Education Students, Undergraduate Secondary Science Education Students, Undergraduate Secondary Mathematics Education Students, Graduate Science Education Students, and Graduate Mathematics Education Students.
Prior to entering any school and being admitted to the Teacher Education Program, all students must pass an Iowa Criminal Background Check. In addition, prior to student teaching, all teacher candidates must pass a National Background Check. All background checks for the Teacher Education Program are coordinated through the TES Licensure Coordinator.
Progressing through the Teacher Education Program
The TES Licensure Coordinator formally admits students to the Teacher Education Program, verifying that all requirements have been met. The Licensure Coordinator also recommends teacher candidates for licensure after verifying that all requirements have been met.
Field Experience Placements
The TES Clinical Experience Coordinators coordinate practicum placements for ECE students in school settings, for elementary education students, for students in many secondary programs, and for students in many K-12 programs. In addition, the Clinical Experience Coordinators facilitate student teaching placements in Iowa, in our outside locations within the United States, and in our international sites. This includes collaborating with partnering districts, identifying and training cooperating teachers, and identifying and training supervisors. These experiences support students in transitioning their understanding from theory to practice.
Data and Communication
TES is responsible for collecting, storing, and organizing all data related to admittance to teacher education, field experience placements, recommendation for teacher licensure, and advising for the programs identified above. In addition, TES is responsible for ensuring accurate communication with students about any and all factors that may impact these areas – including changes to the Praxis, important meeting dates, and the like. In addition to the information on the SoE Website, TES also communicates with students using Twitter, Facebook, and email.
TES is responsible for maintaining contracts with all partnering school districts and with university supervisors. We are also responsible for reimbursing cooperating teachers and university supervisors. This work is done by the TES Fiscal Officer.