Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Education

First Advisor

Terry Huffman, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Patrick Allen, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Brenda Morton, Ed,D.


This dissertation describes the Tillamook Model that developed from the collaboration between the Tillamook School District and George Fox University, and explains why this model of a rural teaching practicum can be useful in other rural districts. I explore the benefits and challenges through a case study – using personal interviews that draw on the experiences of the teacher candidates, host families, and district and university personnel. Additionally, I make recommendations for improvements in the program. Each of these components are important in ensuring that as the collaborators share this model with those interested, they are able to learn from our experiences. As the story of the Tillamook Model is disseminated, it is my wish that institutions reflect upon and examine the partnerships they currently have in place, in order to effectively determine whether or not they already have the puzzle pieces implemented to support this model.