University students are at UCLC to help prepare them for their future careers.
Involvement in the classroom ranges from conducting observations to completing assignments in preparation for their time as student teachers. Some students are at UCLC for as little as 3 hours for the semester prior to being placed for their student teaching experience; others will be in the classroom 6 hours per day for a semester. We value the opportunity to be a mentor to them and them develop their own teaching style.
Student Assistants and Teachers
UCLC trains about 600 UND students each year to be teachers of young children. Student Assistants are from UND's Early Childhood Program and may also double major in Elementary or Special Education.
Students Assistants are assigned to teach with an experienced teacher for 16 weeks. During this period, the experienced teacher works with UND students to help them develop teaching competence. Student teachers plan, implement and evaluate individual and small group activities with the help of the experienced teacher.
The training also provides for innovative and enriched programming for the children enrolled.
General Guidelines for Student Teachers, Employees and Volunteers
- Each student/student employee/volunteer is expected to be present each day for his/her scheduled hours. If you are unable to attend you must notify the Center at least two hours before your scheduled arrival.
- Each student is expected to have and present a positive attitude.
- All students must wear a UND issued ID. Photos should be inserted into the hanging photo ID holder provided by UCLC for temporary use while observing at the Center. Students will not be allowed to observe without the proper photo ID.
- An appropriate personal appearance must be maintained. Personal grooming should reflect regular bathing, tooth brushing, hair and nail care, and clean clothing. Common sense, good sound judgment and good taste should dictate your decision when it comes to personal attire. Wear functional, neat, wrinkle-free, clean clothing. Please remember the way you dress is a reflection of UCLC. Jeans and active wear may not be worn. No flip flops, crop tops, pajama pants, or slang/derogatory attire. Shorts and skirts must be fingertip length when the arms are extended downward at the side of the body. Hats may be worn outdoors only for protection from the elements, if necessary.
- Only water or a beverage such as flavored water, in a clearly identifiable water bottle, is allowed in the classroom. Cola and coffee are not allowed in the classroom.
- Gum, candy, and food from outside the Center are only allowed in the teacher’s break room.
- Smoking is prohibited in or near the building. Remember UND is a tobacco-free campus.
- On-site cellular phone use is prohibited in the classroom unless approved by the Director. Without the Director’s permission, all cellular phones must be turned off. It is strongly suggested that cellular phones be stored in a secure location. The UCLC will not be held liable for the loss, theft, or damage of personal cellular phones brought into the work place.
Your First Day at UCLC
- When you arrive at UCLC, your backpack and coat may be placed in the multipurpose room on the coat rack located next to the cola machine. There is limited space in the classroom to accommodate any personal items.
- Please leave all valuables at home or in the trunk of your vehicle.
- As you enter UCLC, you will find a colorful rectangular rug featuring images of children from around the world. Located near the rug is a shelf with white binders. This is the sign-in shelf.
- Look for the binder with the title of your class. The first page of the binder should have a classroom schedule. The color of your name is the Color Area you go to (our classrooms are named Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green Family).
- After you have located your Color Area, turn the page and sign-in. It is important to print your name, time in and time out.
Using the Department of Teaching & Learning Student Teaching Handbook as a guide, UCLC has adopted a confidentiality policy.
Students are responsible in maintaining confidentiality regarding children and UCLC information/issues.
Students will not disclose confidential information about individuals, in accordance to state and federal laws. The only exception is when a compelling professional purpose is served or required by law.
Download the UCLC orientation presentation.
Complete the Verification Form once you understand the guidelines and expectations set-forth on this page.