Effective Cooperating Teacher Qualities and Practices for Candidates Preparing for a Career in Special Education

By Karen Frantz-Fry and Diane Polachek.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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The effective preparation of teachers in the special education field is a vital issue in teacher education programs worldwide. This theoretical paper identifies and discusses the multiple essential research-based qualities and practices that are crucial for cooperating teachers to demonstrate as they mentor pre-service teacher candidates. The innovative T.E.A.C.H. model shared in this paper presents the five critical components that can serve as a foundation for best practices in preparing and mentoring teaching candidates. The five components of the model include thoughtful mentoring, effective modeling, articulate communication, collaborative endeavors, and holistic approaches. This theoretical model—complete with authentic and best practices—is designed to enhance the development of new teachers in the field of special education.

Keywords: Effective Cooperating Teachers, Teachers in Special Education, T.E.A.C.H. Model for Cooperating Teachers

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 23, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 423.330KB)).

Dr. Karen Frantz-Fry

Assistant Professor of Education, Education Department, School of Education, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA

Dr. Diane Polachek

Professor of Education, Education Department, , School of Education, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA