With the success of online learning at the university and college settings within the United States we are beginning to see growth in the K–12 (kindergarten through 12th grade) following suit. As online classes and virtual elementary, middle, and high school options grow, teacher education must keep up. This paper outlines the work to create a partnership between Utah State University’s Teacher Education and Leadership program and the Utah Virtual Academy, a K–12 virtual school, to provide virtual student teaching opportunities to secondary education students. Partnerships such as this between a virtual charter school and a university teaching program are important for the future success of our new teachers. With more traditional districts offering online courses and the increase in online and virtual schools we must prepare our teachers for multiple teaching environments. This research provides the first two phases of creating such a partnership and launches the pilot student teaching program.
|Keywords:||Online Education, K–12, Teacher Education, Virtual, Partnership, Student Teaching|
PhD Student, Teacher Education and Leadership, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA