Northern Illinois University works with many school districts
in northern Illinois to provide the best possible student teaching experience for
their Secondary Science Teaching candidates.
The three main
criteria used to help identify sites and cooperating teachers for the field
focus/orientation of the science program (i.e., does the program help students
develop their understanding of science by using a standards based teaching
professional experiences of the teacher (e.g. Does the teacher have more than 4
years of experience and/or is the teacher tenured within his/her school district?
Is the teacher endorsed by the state of Illinois to teach science (biology, chemistry,
geology and/or physics)?
successful experiences in working with other field experience students or