115C-309. Student teachers.

(a) Student Teacher and Student Teaching Defined. - A "student teacher" is any student enrolled in an educator preparation program at an institution of higher education approved by the State Board of Education who is jointly assigned by that institution and a local board of education to student teach under the direction and supervision of a clinical educator, as provided in G.S. 115C-296.11.

"Student teaching" may include those duties granted to a teacher by G.S. 115C-307 and any other part of the school program for which either the clinical educator or the principal is responsible.

(b) Legal Protection. - A student teacher under the supervision of a licensed teacher or principal shall have the protection of the laws accorded the licensed teacher.

(c) Assignment of Duties. - It shall be the responsibility of a clinical educator, in cooperation with the principal and the representative of the educator preparation program, to assign to the student teacher responsibilities and duties that will provide adequate preparation for teaching. (1969, c. 638, s. 1; 1981, c. 423, s. 1; 2012-194, s. 49; 2015-241, s. 8.41(j).)