Wisconsin has launched the state’s first virtual student teaching program through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Student teacher mike Wilbert volunteered to be the first participant of the program that launched earlier this fall. Wilbert spent the first nine weeks of the course student teaching in front of a virtual classroom and then completed nine weeks of tradition, in-person student teaching.
Despite a few technical difficulties at the start of the course, the program is setting a future for teacher preparation programs. UW Oshkosh knows that many students who leave the program will wind up teaching in virtual programs and they want to make sure that they meet the needs of these students.
A review of the trial run will be made by UW Oshkosh and modifications will occur before next fall.