Teacher education majors eagerly anticipate the last semester of their college career — not only is it the last step in earning their degree but also an opportunity for them to apply their teaching skills in a local classroom. The student teaching program provides candidates with the experience they need to succeed in the teaching profession.
Students begin the student teaching application process the semester prior to their student teaching semester.
To enroll in student teaching, candidates must meet all the requirements of Portal III. This includes meeting all the requirements of the College of Education and successfully completing all parts of the PRAXIS required for certification.
Beginning the enrollment process — The second week of the semester prior to the student teaching semester
- Candidates should pick up a Student Teaching Application on the bulletin board outside the College of Education Dean’s Office or download the application.
- Candidates must:
- completely fill in the front of application and top of the back page,
- attach a picture and
- attach all PRAXIS scores (and indicate the dates of any remaining scheduled PRAXIS tests to be taken).
- Applications should be turned in to Patricia Robichaux, the dean’s secretary, in 220 Polk Hall. She will pull each student’s folder, attach the application and forward the information to the student’s adviser.
- The student’s adviser will complete the degree audit, to ensure that all requirements have been met, and update the folder as needed.
- The adviser will then forward the application to the Department of Student Teaching if the candidate clears the audit. Candidates are required to follow-up with their advisers to make sure their application is completed and forwarded to the Department of Student Teaching. Candidates may also choose to bring their application directly to the Department of Student Teaching. The deadline for completed applications is Feb. 15 to student teach in the fall and Sept. 15 for the spring.
Registering — Registration week
- Candidates should make appointments with their adviser and have the Registration Schedule Form signed by their adviser. Students should keep this form.
- Once candidates have completed all parts of PRAXIS, successfully completed their professional portfolio and completed all required course work, they may bring the completed Registration Schedule Form signed by the adviser to 219 Polk Hall to register for student teaching.
Getting placed — Final exam week
- All candidates meet with the Director of Student Teaching to find out their placement at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of final exams.
Preparing for the upcoming semester — Before public schools break for the summer or Christmas holidays
- Candidates must visit their assigned supervising teacher.