Student Teacher Responsiblities

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Student teaching is a full-time job that comes with the responsibility of providing pupils the very best instruction they can receive. During the student teaching semester, candidates are expected to devote their time and energy to student teaching duties. Outside employment may detract from performance in the classroom and is highly discouraged.

General Requirements

  • Student teachers will adhere to all policies associated with the cooperating school. These may include regulations in parish, school, teacher and/or student handbooks.
  • The daily log is a record of the student teacher’s performance. Student teachers will read the entries made by their supervising teacher and initial it on a daily basis.
  • Student teachers must maintain a daily reflective journal containing a critique of strengths, areas needing improvement and goals for improvement. (This journal must be available at all times for the university coordinator’s use only.)
  • In resolving differences with supervising teachers, the proper chain of command is as follows:
    • Supervising Principal
    • University Coordinator
    • Director of Student Teaching
  • The student teacher is responsible for:
    • logging on to LiveText at least once a week to check notices, complete surveys and participate in discussions, case studies, etc.
    • obtaining necessary official transcripts from other universities and having them sent to Nicholls State University College of Education prior to the certification process;
    • applying for certification through the Nicholls College of Education after the completion of student teaching;
    • signing necessary waiver forms for employment recommendations; and
    • completing exit questionnaires, evaluation forms and surveys.

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  • Student teachers should show initiative by determining what is expected of them as soon as possible. Supervisors should specify duties during early conferences. Situations where student teachers and supervising teachers do not understand each other should be avoided. The basis of this understanding will be established in the initial conference.
  • Student teachers should conduct themselves professionally. It is not proper conduct to exaggerate differences between professional persons. Negative comments concerning a school, its staff and student body are unethical.
  • The student teacher should accept criticism. In associating with parents, teachers and administrators, the student teacher should consider the value of their experience and listen to their ideas and suggestions.


  • The student teacher is assigned during the semester prior to student teaching. During this semester the candidate is expected to report to the school to meet with the supervising teacher.
  • Student teaching begins on the date designated by the assigned supervising teacher.
  • The student teacher is to report on time each day and is to remain at the school until its regular dismissal time.
  • The assigned school’s calendar must be followed instead of the Nicholls academic calendar.
  • In case of illness, the student teacher must notify the supervising teacher and university coordinator by phone as early as possible. Lesson plans scheduled to be taught that day should be sent to the supervising teacher. Student teachers may be excused from student teaching duties only for the following reasons:
    • illness of self or children (If excessive illness, contact the Director of Student Teaching to discuss the nature of the absence.),
    • emergencies (Student teachers will follow the guidance of the supervising teacher.),
    • interviews for career placement (with permission from supervising teacher),
    • one-day visits to a school for which they have a contract,
    • visits to other schools deemed beneficial by the supervising teacher and/or university coordinator,
    • performance of administrative duties directed by the university and/or the college, such as applying for a teaching certificate and
    • attendance at mandated seminars and any professional development deemed beneficial by the supervising teacher and/or university coordinator.


Student teachers are expected to dress appropriately, professionally and in keeping with faculty standards. They should remember that they represent the university and the teaching profession and serve as a model for their students.


  • One conference hour each week will be scheduled with the supervising teacher and student teacher. Additional conferences may occur as needed.
  • Conferences will also be scheduled with the university coordinator.
  • During the semester, mandatory student teacher seminars are scheduled regularly.


The student teacher must conform to school rules and policies and to community standards of behavior. Similarly, the student teacher should expect pupils to conform to those same standards of behavior. The policies and procedures in regard to discipline will be made known to the student teacher through early conferences with the supervising teacher and principal. No corporal punishment in any form is allowed. The student teacher should handle problems according to those guidelines set forth by the supervising teacher.


  • Lesson plans, in keeping with basic Nicholls design, are to be submitted to the supervising teacher one week prior to teaching. This allows the supervising teacher time to read and make corrections and/or suggestions.
  • Corrected plans are to be submitted to the supervising teacher for final approval. No student teacher will be allowed to teach without written lesson plans approved by the supervising teacher. (Nothing should be left to chance. One way of losing the respect of pupils and teachers is by not being thoroughly prepared.)
  • Lesson plans must be written in detail and follow the format outlined by the Nicholls Teacher Education Department.
  • A schedule for the semester’s teaching will be planned cooperatively by the supervising teacher and student teacher. This schedule is to be filed with the university coordinator and director of student teaching. Any and all changes to the schedule should be forwarded to the respective individuals.

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  • Formal observation hours (60) must :
    • be recorded in the log,
    • be reflected on in the reflective journal,
    • have a stated purpose, i.e. procedures, accommodating for individual differences and
    • be recorded weekly on the tally sheet.
  • Note: Student teachers assigned two supervising teachers must have 30 observation hours with each teacher.
  • Regular elementary and secondary education student teachers should:
    • observe the supervising teacher and pupils and become thoroughly acquainted with materials, equipment, records and school policies for approximately two weeks;
    • spend a minimum of 270 clock hours in student teaching with at least 180 such hours spent in actual teaching;
    • plan and teach a minimum of 10 days of actual all-day teaching, with five days in succession;
    • determine teaching time, with the help of the supervising teacher, to the closest half or whole hour for each day (For schools using the 4 x 4 format, 1.5 hours should be used for each class taught. For classes that are 50 minutes in length, use one hour.); and
    • record teaching and observation hours in a reflective journal.
  • For special education/elementary education majors or elementary majors assigned two supervising teachers, the student teacher should:
    • observe the first supervising teacher and pupils for one week at the beginning of the first half of the semester and one week at midterm when rotating to a new supervising teacher,
    • spend a minimum of 135 clock hours in student teaching with each supervising teacher with at least 90 hours spent in actual teaching,
    • plan and teach a minimum of five days of all-day teaching with each supervising teacher and
    • record teaching and observation hours in a reflective journal.

Activities for Additional Involvement

  • Additional activities will vary with the educational level of the pupils with whom student teachers will work.
  • Participation in activities outside the classroom is necessary to be considered for the outstanding student teacher award.


  • Student teachers do not earn a salary while student teaching.