The agreement acknowledged by a Student Teacher when registering in the Field Services Portal states that it is understood that program faculty and staff collaborate with school districts to determine field experience and that the student will not contact schools and teachers on their own.
This policy must be followed. If you choose to pursue your own placement, it is potentially very problematic. Not only would this violate College accreditation standards, but there are specific circumstances for many schools that our office has to take into account when arranging placements. If you contact individual teachers or schools, you risk jeopardizing other work and agreements already in place.
The program faculty and Field Services Center work to arrange all placements and students are notified once a potential match has been made.