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Supervisor Perceptions of Student Teachers' Experiences in U.S. Department of Defense Schools in Germany

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In this study, we explored university supervisors’ perceptions of student teachers’ experiences in a student teaching study abroad program in United States Department of Defense Schools in Germany. In this qualitative study, we identified six emergent themes as university supervisors identify characteristics among student teachers who have been successful in the program; opportunities and advantages for student teachers who participate in the program; believe positive relationships are critically important; believe university supports are critical for student success in the program; compare and contrast their supervisor responsibilities with those in traditional student teaching programs; and note challenges and opportunities for the program to better serve student teachers. Further research is needed related to student teachers’ individual perceptions.