Cooperating Teachers

Developing partnerships with schools and mentor teachers is essential to ensure all candidates are receiving the experiences needed to be fully prepared for the field of education. We ask that you consider taking the time to become a mentor and to help shape the career of future teachers.


During student teaching, the expectation is that mentor teachers will not fully relinquish their classroom to the candidate, but that the mentor teacher and candidate will work together in a co-teaching model. The candidate will be expected to assist with daily lesson plans, instruction, assessment and classroom management. 

At the field experience and practicum levels, candidates are asked to act as "participant observers,” and to closely monitor all interactions within their placement. Candidates are also asked to actively seek ways to contribute to and support the environment in which they are placed. There are usually assignments attached to the field experiences/practicum placements, however, the main goal of the candidate is to learn, observe and support the host teacher.


  • Experienced teacher with tenure. *This is a requirement if you plan on hosting a candidate who is going into student teaching. Tenure is not required to host a practicum candidate.
  • New York State-certified within the discipline.
  • Recommended by the building district administrator.
  • Willing to serve as a mentor to our candidates.


  • SUNY Oswego ID card.
  • Temporary Parking permit for SUNY Oswego.
  • Privileges at Penfield Library.
  • Year-round use of SUNY Oswego recreational facilities.
  • Use of Cooper Fitness Center (summer only).

Please Note: These complimentary support services are non-transferable, and are valid only for the academic year during which the placement took place. 

For Student Teaching Hosts Only

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York authorizes each SUNY College to issue either a $200 stipend or a $250 tuition waiver to each coopertating teacher for the quarter in which he/she is assigned a student teacher. The process that is followed is one that has been established by SUNY System Administration, not SUNY Oswego.

Contact Us

If you, or someone you know would like to play an important role in the development of quality teachers, please have them contact us at 315.312.3098 or We are always delighted to welcome more professionals into our partnership.


School of Education Handbook
What is edTPA and how can I help my candidate be successful completing it?
Other edTPA resources for cooperating teachers