School & Community Experiences manages placements for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, and Secondary English, math, science and social studies candidates. As a prospective cooperating teacher, you have several request options. To request a student observer or student teacher in one of the listed programs, please follow the link below. This will begin a two step process. 

Step 1: Complete personal information requested through the link below. (For directions, view the video below from 0:40 - 1:55.)

2020-2021 Step 1 - Co-op Request - coming soon ›

This link will be live when the 2020-2021 cooperating teacher application is available.
Thank you for your interest, and check back later!


Step 2: Watch your email (usually the next business day) for a personalized link, where you will complete your application and request student observers and/or student teachers. (For directions, view the video below starting at 1:56.)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

When completing your application during Step 2, you will be asked for your application type. This is which grade level you are teaching or anticipate teaching during the application year:

Early Childhood (PreK), Early Childhood (K), Early Childhood/Elementary (Grades 1-2), Elementary (Grades 3-6 in an elementary setting), Middle School/ Junior High (Grades 5-8 in a middle school/ junior high) or High School.

Your placement options will populate based on that selection.

If you have questions during this process, please email us at or call our office at (217) 333-2561.

Trying to decide if hosting a student teacher or observer is right for you?  Consider the following:
  • You have the option to co-teach with your student – even as needed during takeover – in order to stay connected to your students.
  • You have the option to connect with a colleague in the same content area to share a student placement in order to stay connected to your students.
  • You will create evidence for Domain 4 in Danielson Evaluations, specifically in the area of developing a professional community and growing and developing professionally (4d and 4e) by mentoring new teachers. 
  • You can earn a Tuition and Fee Waiver good for one semester, which must be used within the four semesters (including summer term) following the semester you mentored.
  • You will offer significant, lifetime impact on a student through your mentorship.
  • CPDUs are available for hosting students.