Teacher Candidates

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The University of Redlands provides a multi-faceted teacher education program. After successful completion of the required course work and program requirements, students advance to student teaching or a teaching internship.

The regulations and requirements of our teacher education program are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). All teacher credentials candidates must demonstrate competency in their specific subject matter area prior to student teaching and the teaching seminar.

Program Resources

Student-teaching/ Teaching Internship 

Course Pathways

The coursework and the field experience segments of the program are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Pathways are recommended for timely program completion. 

Masters + Credential

MALT Multiple Subject Pathway

MALT Single Subject Pathway

MALT Education Specialist Pathway

MALT Education Specialist-Online Pathway 

Credential Only

PTC Multiple Subject Pathway

PTC Single Subject Pathway

PTC Education Specialist Pathway

CAS Undergraduate 

Multiple Subject CAS Pathway

Single Subject CAS Pathway

Single Subject CAS School of Music Pathway

 

Early Fieldwork

Candidates pursuing a Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist teaching credential are required by CTC to complete 600 hours of fieldwork across the arc of their program. These hours are divided between Early Fieldwork and hours completed while student teaching or a teaching internship. 

Early Fieldwork

Students will complete 40 hours of fieldwork during their Foundations and Methods courses. These courses are typically taken in the first 2-3 semesters in the program.

- Students will enroll in 2 Foundations courses. These courses require 10 hours of early fieldwork each. 

- Students will enroll in 4 Methods courses. These courses require 5 hours of fieldwork each.

The instructors for each course will advise students on options and methods of completing the early fieldwork.

Early Fieldwork hours must be tracked using the Early Fieldwork Log for each course. Please email the completed logs to oss@redlands.edu at the conclusion of each course. It is the student's responsibility to maintain copies of all logs in their own records.   

For questions regarding early fieldwork, please contact the Coordinator of the MALT Program, Dr. Nicol Howard.

Student Teaching or Teaching Internship Fieldwork

While student teaching or interning candidates will complete 560+ hours of fieldwork. This includes at least 4 weeks of solo-teaching.

For questions regarding student teaching or teaching internship, students should contact their designated academic advisor. 

Student Teaching / Teaching Internship Deadlines

Student Teaching/ Teaching Internship term

Deadline to submit Student Teaching/ Teaching Internship application

Spring 2020

September 3, 2019 *extended to September 6, 2019

Fall 2020

May 8, 2020

Spring 2021

September 1, 2020

Fall 2021

May 14, 2021

Spring 2022

September 6, 2021

 

Please note that late applications will not be accepted and incomplete applications will not be considered. All application materials must be received by the Office of Student Success by the designated deadline. 

Requirements to Advance to Student Teaching & Application Instructions

During student teaching, teacher candidates will be paired with a Cooperating Teacher in one of our partnered school districts full-time for at least 70 days. The experienced Cooperating Teacher will model teaching practices to the student and provide daily guidance. The student will start by observing their Cooperating Teacher and gradually build up to full-time, solo teaching. Student Teachers are supported every other week by a University Supervisor.

Student Teaching Requirements 

· GPA requirement: Student teachers must have a 3.0 or above cumulative GPA in pre-service foundations and methods courses. No courses below a 2.0.

· Students must clear all registration/financial holds on account. Holds are indicated in the top right corner of the Student Planning screen. 

· Successful completion of Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA). TPA requirement will vary based on catalog year. Students who began their program on or after Summer 2018, do not need to meet this requirement prior to student teaching. 

· Student must have a current valid CPR certificate (infant, child and adult) at the time of application. The submitted certificate must also remain valid during the entire time student teaching. Email CPR certificate to oss@redlands.edu as part of the application.

· TB test: Students must have proof of a current negative tuberculosis test that will not expire prior to completion of the program. Students are responsible for keeping negative TB test up to date. TB tests expire after 2 years. Email current negative TB test results to oss@redlands.edu as part of the application.

· Subject Matter Competency. Subject-matter competency is met either through successful completion of all CSET section(s) or by submission of a waiver letter from a CCTC approved institution. Email CSETs scores or waiver letter to oss@redlands.edu as part of the application.

Learn more about CSETs from CTC.

 

Student Teaching Application Instructions

1. Complete an Advance to Student Teaching Request form on or before the designated deadline for the semester requesting a student teaching placement (see form in the upper right-hand corner of this page).

2. Submit the following application materials to oss@redlands.edu. Please put all items in a single email and name the files according to the following format: LastNameFirstName_NameOfDocument (example: SmithJohn_TBTest.pdf).

·  Current valid CPR certificate (certificate must state that it covers infants, children, and adults. If the certificate does not state this, proof must be provided that shows the course covered these areas. Proof may include a course syllabus or course description. The certificate must remain valid during the entire time student teaching).

· Current negative TB test result (the submitted TB test must remain valid during the entire time student teaching). 

·  Proof of meeting subject-matter competency (official CSET exam scores or waiver letter). 

All items must be received before the designated deadline. Late application materials will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

It is the expectation of the Office of Student Success, in the School of Education at the University of Redlands, that all student interns benefit from diverse training and education. For this reason, student interns are encouraged to contact OSS should they be matched with a district-assigned mentor teachers with whom they have had any previous close relationships.

Requirements to Advance to Teaching Internship & Application Instructions

Interested students can seek a teaching internship to fulfill their fieldwork experience. As an intern, the student is a full-time employee of a district with a classroom of their own. It is the student’s responsibility to secure a full-time position in their credential field. The University of Redlands will oversee the student for at least 90 days in this position. Students must be prepared to take on this immense responsibility and it is only recommended to those who have prior teaching experience. Interns are supported weekly by a district-assigned mentor and a University Supervisor.

Teaching Internship Requirements

· GPA requirement: 3.0 Grade or equivalent in ALL pre-service foundations and methods courses. 

· Students must clear all registration/financial holds on account. Holds are indicated in the top right corner of the Student Planning screen. 

· Successful completion of Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA). TPA requirement will vary based on catalog year. Students who began their program on or after Summer 2018, do not need to meet this requirement prior to student teaching. 

· Student must have a current valid CPR certificate (infant, child, and adult) at the time of application. The submitted certificate must also remain valid during the entire internship. Email CPR certificate to oss@redlands.edu as part of the application.

· TB test: Students must have proof of a current negative tuberculosis test that will not expire prior to completion of the program. Students are responsible for keeping negative TB test up to date. TB tests expire after 2 years. Email current negative TB test results to oss@redlands.edu as part of the application.

· Subject Matter Competency. Subject-matter competency is met either through successful completion of all CSET section(s) or by submission of a waiver letter from a CCTC approved institution. Email CSET scores or waiver letter to oss@redlands.edu as part of the application.

Learn more about CSETs from CTC.

·  Have met the U.S. Constitution requirement for the credential. Email proof of meeting requirement to oss@redlands.edu

 

Teaching Internship Application Instructions

1. Complete a Teaching Internship Application on or before the designated deadline (see the application in the upper right-hand corner of this page).

2. Submit the following application materials to oss@redlands.edu. Please put all items in a single email and name the files according to the following format: LastNameFirstName_NameOfDocument (example: SmithJohn_TBTest.pdf).

· Current valid CPR certificate (certificate must state that it covers infants, children, and adults. If the certificate does not state this, proof must be provided that shows the course covered these areas. Proof may include a course syllabus or course description. The certificate must remain valid during the entire internship).

· Current negative TB test result (the submitted TB test must remain valid during the entire internship).

· Proof of meeting subject-matter competency (official CSET exam scores or waiver letter). 

· Proof of meeting the U.S. Constitution requirement (unofficial transcripts are acceptable if official transcripts were submitted at the time of admissions)

· Resume that includes education and teaching experiences.

· A professionally written essay answering the following topic: Why do you feel you are a qualified intern? (essay must be at least 300 words)

· 2 Letters of Recommendation from outside sources (letters must be written on official letterhead and dated within the last year).

· 2 Letter of recommendations from University of Redlands’ instructors using the Instructor Recommendation Form.

All items must be received before the designated deadline. Late application materials will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

It is the expectation of the Office of Student Success, in the School of Education at the University of Redlands, that all student interns benefit from diverse training and education. For this reason, student interns are encouraged to contact OSS should they be matched with a district-assigned mentor teachers with whom they have had any previous close relationships.

Instructor Recommendation Form

For students seeking a Teaching Internship, two letters of recommendation are required from University of Redlands' instructors for the application. The student will share the form below with the instructors.

Students, please be considerate of the instructor's time and give them advance notice of the application deadline. Letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline. 

Instructor Recommendation Form 

Orientations for Student Teachers and Teaching Interns

All students advancing to student teaching or a teaching internship must attend a mandatory orientation prior to the semester that they will be in the field. Students will be invited to this orientation once they have been approved to student teach and/or been found intern eligible. The orientations will take place at the Redlands campus but will be available online for students at the regional campuses and in online programs. 

See orientation dates here. 

FAQ/Topics

When do I need to pass my CSET exams?

Students must pass all CSET exams prior to the application deadline for the semester that they plan to student teach or intern. We do not make exceptions for CSET exams or extend the application deadline because CSETs have not been passed. Students should be aware of CSET test release dates and plan accordingly so that CSET results are received prior to the application deadline.  

What if I have not passed my CSET exams and/or I am not ready to apply for student teaching/teaching internship?

Students have a couple of options and with each option comes pros and cons. It is highly recommended that students discuss these options with their academic advisor to find out which route is the best for them.

Leave of Absence Option: Students can take a Leave of Absence (LOA) until they are able to pass their CSETs. Students can remain on an LOA for up to a year. Any longer and students have to be readmitted to the school. This is a good option for students who are struggling to balance the load of coursework and the additional time to study for CSETs. It will give them a moment to pause from the program and focus on their exams. This option will extend their program length. If a student plans to take an LOA, they need to review the steps on our Key Student Forms page and contact their academic advisor.

Swap Student Teaching/Interning with MALT 610A/B Option*: Students can swap the order that they complete student teaching/internship and MALT 610 A/B. Many students elect to take this route so their program is not extended. However, ideally, students complete student teaching/interning before MALT 610 A/B, that way they can use their experiences in the classroom to complete their thesis project. Please know that MALT 610A/B are rigorous courses and many students find it tough to balance while still studying for CSET exams. Students should discuss this option with their academic advisor.

*This option only applies to MALT students.

When do TB Tests expire?

TB tests expire after 2 years. It needs to remain current during student teaching/interning and when you apply for the Preliminary Credential.

CPR Certificate

All student teachers and interns must have a valid CPR certificate that covers infants, children, and adults. It needs to remain current during student teaching/interning and when students apply for the Preliminary Credential. Students should be sure to check the expiration date on the CPR card to ensure that it will not expire while they are in the field. If it will expire, it needs to be renewed for the student teaching or intern application.

U.S. Constitution Requirement

If students are applying to be an intern, they must show proof of meeting the U.S. Constitution Requirement. All students will ultimately need to meet this requirement to be recommended for the Preliminary Credential.

Internship Review Process

After the application closes the Office of Student Success (OSS) will review applications. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted. Late documents will not be accepted and incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please carefully follow the application instructions, properly title all required documents, and submit all items by the deadline.  

After OSS has reviewed the applications documents, a faculty committee will complete a second review and will decide who becomes intern eligible. If found eligible, OSS will provide an Intern Eligibility Letter which can be used on job applications. It will indicate to districts that the University of Redlands will recommend students for an intern credential if they hire them. An Intern Credential is good for 2 years.

If found intern eligible, it is the student’s responsibility to find a full-time teaching position where they can be overseen as an intern. The position must be in the same credential field as the credential that they are seeking in the program. OSS does not find internships for students.

Students may apply for student teaching as a backup in case they are unable to secure an internship. This application is separate and needs to be submitted by the proper deadline. While students are job hunting, OSS will set up a student teaching placement for students. If students find an internship, we will cancel the placement. If students do not find an internship, they can accept the placement.

Student Teaching Review/Placement Process

After the Student Teaching Request Form closes, the Office of Student Success (OSS) will review applications to determine if students are indeed ready to advance to student teaching. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted. Late documents will not be accepted and incomplete applications will be denied. Please carefully follow the application instructions, properly title all required documents, and submit all items by the deadline.  

Once applications are reviewed, OSS will send student teaching placement requests to the preferred districts indicated in the application. Districts will then contact schools/principals who then reach out to individual teachers. This is a slow process. OSS is typically securing placements for 150+ student teachers each semester and the placement process takes months. OSS will notify all students about their student teaching placement approximately two weeks prior to the semester start.

Can I find my own student teaching placement?

Students may not make their own student teaching placements. All student teaching placements are coordinated through the Office of Student Success with partnered schools/districts. Every effort will be made to place a student in a preferred district indicated in their student teaching request form. 

Student Teaching Placements & Conflicts of Interest

Student Teaching placements will not be made where there is a potential conflict of interest. This includes being a school site where a relative works, children attend, or where students have been previously employed (not including substitute teaching). Students need to indicate any conflict of interests in districts they are requesting on their student teaching request form. 

Can I be placed with a cooperating teacher who was my former instructor, an acquaintance, a family friend, a family member, etc?

No. The Office of Student Success expects that all student teachers and interns benefit from diverse training and education that are not based on previous relationships. This is to assure that previously established biases (positive or negative) would not impact student teachers and interns during their fieldwork.

If students have any additional questions, they should contact their academic advisor.

 

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Student Teaching Schedule

Click here to view a model of a typical schedule for a semester-long or 70-day student teaching experience.

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Teaching Internship Schedule

Click here to view a model of a typical schedule for a semester-long or 90-day intern-teaching experience.