Students are not permitted to contact schools or teachers on their own in any attempt to arrange a placement. All student teaching placements are coordinated by program faculty, school districts and/or the Field Services Center.
All requests for specific Student Teacher placements are forwarded to the program faculty for consideration and are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that it is against policy to be placed in a school if:
- The Student Teacher has an immediate family member working at the school
- The Student Teacher has an immediate family member attending the school
- The Student Teacher attended the school as a student
Field experience is a developmental experience designed to prepare UNM students for a career in teaching and provide exposure to the desired district school system, much like an extended interview. The above situations have been found to undermine the learning experience and the ultimate transition into a viable teaching position.
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.