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ERIC Number: ED127283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul-10
Pages: 68
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The Current Legal Status of Student Teaching in the United States.
Wood, R. Craig
Presently student teaching is an accepted practice in every school district within the United States; however, the legal status of student teachers, their liabilities, responsibilities, and rights are in many instances poorly described or even nonexistent. An examination is made of current statutory law, case law, attorney general's opinions, and agency rules and regulations regarding the legal status of student teaching in each of the fifty states. The information gathered is presented state by state addressing only what is current without attempting to present historical background. Although little has been written in the last few years on the legal status of student teachers, the recent literature is surveyed. The information is summarized in a chart that gives an overview of the complexity on which the status of student teaching is based. It shows which of the following pertain to each state's student teaching legal guidelines: statutes, attorney general's opinions, case law, no legal guidelines, student teacher certificate issued, guided by administrative rule. As is shown, each state is somewhat unique in its view. Many states have clear statutes; other states have neither statutes, attorney general's opinions, nor case laws to follow. Three states have a system of student teaching certificates clearly providing legal status to student teachers. In those states in which the legal status is not clearly defined, some interesting questions may be raised. It would seem that without statutes, opinions, or case laws, much would have to be decided under common law. In many instances, the student teacher could conceivably stand in a more vulnerable position than the certified teacher. It is recommended that states that have no legal guidelines should move towards enacting statutes that provide legal status for student teachers, that future research should be undertaken to examine the status of undergraduate pre-student teaching programs, and that an examination be made into the possible requirement of an undergraduate law course for student teachers. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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