Admission to Student Teaching

Criteria for Admission

For elementary education candidates:teaching_picture

  1. Evidence of freedom from serious mental and personality defects or physical handicaps which would seriously impede effectiveness in the classroom or employment as a classroom teacher. The Teacher Education Committee may request that the student at his or her own expense, take a physical examination and or additional psychological tests or inventories.
  2. Completion of ninety semester hours.
  3. Overall GPA of 2.75.*
  4. GPA of 2.75 with no grade lower than a "C" in professional education, combination of subjects, and academic specialization.
  5. Completion of C&I 2110, and C&I 3301, 3302, and 4301 as well as Reading 3330, English 4380, General Science 3350, and Social Science 3360.

For secondary education candidates:school_age_picture

  1. Criteria outlined above in 1 - 3 will apply.
  2. GPA of 2.75 with no grade lower than a "C" in professional education and teaching field(s).
  3. Completion of C&I 2110 and C&I 3301, 3302, and 4302.
  4. Completion of at least fifteen hours in each of two teaching fields or thirty hours in one teaching field.

Students may be given conditional admission to student teaching pending completion of specific requirements. Students will not be placed in student teaching assignment until the stated conditions have been satisfied. It is the responsibility of the student who has been conditionally approved to inform the Director of Student Teaching as to whether or not the conditions for admission have been satisfied. A student who fails to make such notification will not be placed in a student teaching assignment.

Students may enroll for no more than 6 semester hours during the semester of student teaching without permission of the Department.
*Students who have been out of college 5 years or more can be considered under the "interrupted studies" criteria.

Admission Procedure


Students will apply in writing for admission to student teaching one semester prior to the anticipated semester of student teaching. An orientation meeting will be held each semester. Students should contact the C&I Department early in the semester to determine the time and location of the meeting.

In extreme circumstances, applications for fall student teaching may be accepted as late as July 1. Submitting a late application carries no guarantee of placement for the fall. Placement in such an instance is dependent upon circumstances beyond the control of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Students are strongly urged to meet normal application deadlines.