To our School Partner Friends and Colleagues:

As we move to the beginning of the fall semester with planned field placements for our teacher candidates, we, at Case Western Reserve University, want to assure you that we are taking multiple precautions to ensure the health and safety of our students and those with whom they come into contact.

To begin, Case Western Reserve University is following state, national, and CDC guidelines for safety. All students are regularly monitored for temperature, symptoms, quarantine requirements, and contacts. Students on campus must wear masks and maintain 6 feet of distancing. Before attending class or interacting with any person, each student must have their temperature checked and complete a health questionnaire daily.

For students seeking teacher licensure, and who are scheduled to be hosted at an area school to complete field placement requirements, CWRU is adhering to the Ohio Department of Education publication: Reset and Restart, page 8, quoted below, where student teachers and college faculty observing those students are to be treated as school personnel.

Limiting Visitors: The Ohio Department of Health recommends that schools should, as much as possible, prohibit visitors from entering school buildings. Visitations should be limited to those enrolling new students or for emergencies. Temperature checks and symptom checks should be required for all visitors. In cases where schools and districts have partnerships with community organizations, health care providers, and local government agencies that provide additional educational and wraparound services to students, staff of such partners should be allowed into buildings following the same precautions as school personnel. NOTE: Many adults are not employed by a school district but remain part of routine school life, such as student teachers, college faculty observing student teachers, delivery personnel, etc. These individuals should be treated as school personnel.

We understand that each school and district will have specific requirements for hosting field placement students and student teachers, along with their observing faculty. CWRU will adhere to each school’s policies. Please communicate these directly to me, the Director of Teacher Education. Should your institution define our field placement students as visitors, we will work with you to help our students complete their requirements in a virtual setting. Lastly, we would appreciate confirmation that our student teachers and staff will be treated as school personnel in the spring during their student teaching assignment. This confirmation can be communicated to each Program Director making the request or to me, the Director of Teacher Education.

As we work to navigate these unusual circumstances while meeting the needs of P-20 students, we encourage you to communicate directly with me if there is anything else we need to know or do to meet your needs and expectations.

Denise Kaye Davis, Ed.D.
Director, Teacher Education

More than ever we need bright, committed teachers in our classrooms. The times have changed and so has the profile of today’s teacher. Along with helping students develop a deep understanding of academic subjects, we must also teach them how to live morally and responsibly in a global society. To achieve this, we need teachers who are experts in their content area, who are accomplished teachers, and who are dedicated to making these kinds of differences in the lives of their students.

Case Western Reserve University has a long history of offering exceptional teacher preparation programs. We encourage you to consider this exciting career and to explore the various programs available at the university.

Candidate Performance Data
All CWRU candidates from the past five cycles have passed their state exams on the first attempt.

Related Sites

Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland Institute of Music
Teacher Education Accreditation Council
Ohio Department of Education