Student Teaching

During student teaching, teacher candidates will be paired with a Cooperating Teacher in one of our partnered school districts full-time for at least 14-weeks. 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.

Application Deadlines

Semester

Deadline to submit Application

Fall 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021 - CLOSED

Spring 2022

Friday, September 10, 2021

Fall 2022

Friday, May 12, 2022

Spring 2023

Friday, September 16, 2022

Fall 2023

Friday, May 13, 2023

Spring 2024

Friday, September 23, 2023

  • Student Teaching applications must be submitted by the designated deadline and have all required documents uploaded.
  • Late applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Student Teaching Requirements

Student Status: Students must be an active student or be on a current leave of absence to apply for student teaching. Leave of Absences expire after one year and students must reapply for admission to the School of Education. If students need to reapply, they should contact their OSS advisor for assistance with the student teaching application. 
Pre-service courses: Students must complete all foundations and methods pre-service coursework before advancing to student teaching. Students can apply when their coursework is still in progress. 
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.
Clear Student Account: Students must clear all registration/financial holds on account. 
Certificate of Clearance: Students must have a valid Certificate of Clearance with CTC during the program and at the time of application.
CPR Certificate: Students must have a current valid CPR certificate (infant, child, and adult) that will not expire prior to the completion of student teaching. 
TB test: Students must have proof of a current negative tuberculosis test that will not expire prior to completion of student teaching. TB skin tests are valid for 2 years and chest x-ray exams are valid for 5 years. 
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. Please see Guidance for Credential Programs in Response to COVID-19 to read more about CTC flexibilities related to the subject matter competency requirement.

 

Student Teaching Application Instructions

1. Fill out the Student Teaching Application.

2. Upload the following required documents to the application form:

CPR Certificate: The certificate must state that it covers infants, children, and adults. If it does not, proof must be provided that shows the course covered these areas. The certificate must remain valid during the entire time of student teaching.

Negative TB Test: The submitted TB test must remain valid during the entire time of student teaching.

Subject Matter Competency: Proof of meeting subject matter competency such as a waiver letter of CSET exam scores. Please see Guidance for Credential Programs in Response to COVID-19 to read more about CTC flexibilities related to the subject matter competency requirement.

 

  • Student Teaching applications must be submitted by the designated deadline and have all required documents uploaded.
  • Late applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.  

COVID-19 has affected my ability to complete the CSET exams. Can I still apply for student teaching?

Students may apply for Fall 2021 student teaching without all their CSETs exams passed. More information to come for Spring 2022 student teaching applicants. 

Please see Guidance for Credential Programs in Response to COVID-19 to read about CTC flexibilities related to the subject matter competency requirement.

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 one year. If students are gone for more than one year, they 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 should contact their OSS academic advisor.

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

When do TB Tests expire?

TB skin tests expire after 2 years and chest x-ray exams expire after 5 years. The TB needs to remain current during student teaching/interning and when applying 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 applying for the Preliminary Credential. Students should 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.

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 meet the requirements 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. 

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 coordinate 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 at 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 interest in the districts they are requesting on their student teaching request form. 

Having a conflict of interest at one school site does not mean a student can't be placed in that district. OSS will seek a placement at a school site in the district where there is not a conflict of interest. 

The conflict of interest policy does not apply to substitute teaching positions. 

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 is 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 OSS academic advisor.

Is Student Teaching right for me? 

Uncertain about which route you want to take to complete your fieldwork?

Watch this recent group advising presentation to learn about the difference between student teaching and an internship. Office of Student Success Advisors covers the pros and cons of each route as well as the application process. We will also discuss the subject matter competency requirement (i.e. CSET exams) and the CTC flexibilities provided in response to COVID-19 (applicable for Fall 2021 fieldwork applicants). 

View the Should I Student Teach or Intern? presentation slides. 

 

 

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Have any questions? 

Set up an appointment with your OSS academic advisor. 

Need to know academic dates? 

See the academic calendar