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Student Teaching Requirements

All of the requirements listed below MUST BE MET and ALL MATERIALS MUST BE on file with the Office of Student Teaching and Field Placements in G4 Canevin Hall before a student teaching placement will be confirmed for you.

To apply for student teaching, students must attend one of the Student Teaching Informational Meetings held each January. Please e-mail the student teaching office to place your name on a student e-mail list to ensure that you receive information about upcoming Student Teaching Informational Meetings.

Use of your DU e-mail address is required. Your DU e-mail will be used as the primary form of communication between the Student Teaching Office and teacher candidates. Please check it often and make sure that it is working at all times.

1. You must be officially registered for a credited course titled "Student Teaching", "Practicum" or "Internship." Credits will vary based on your undergraduate or graduate status. Please see your advisor for registration codes.

2. Submit one copy of the ST 16 Placement Application form. Please be sure to note any special requirements, any preferences, or additional information which would assist the Student Teaching Office in arranging your student teaching placement. Please let the Student Teaching Office know if you have any restrictions pertaining to transportation or require a placement on a Port Authority bus or trolley line. The due date for this document will be made available at the Student Teaching Informational Meeting held each January.

3. Submit three typed copies of the ST 17 Autobiographical Data form. Please do not staple these forms; the document should be paper clipped with the ST 16 Placement Application form. Please fill out the Autobiographical Data Form in its entirety and be as specific as possible. Please list previous and current field experiences. Proofread and check spelling, grammar, and sentence structure as the autobiographical form will be reviewed by the Student Teaching Office. This document is sent to school district administrators to assist in placing you with an appropriate cooperating teacher. If your professional goals or any other entry have spelling errors or are otherwise not acceptable you will be notified and must resubmit an updated copy. The due date for this document will be made available at the Student Teaching Informational Meeting held each January. (Note: Handwritten copies will not be accepted.)

4. Faculty Recommendations

All Undergraduate PreK-4 and Middle Level Candidates: Two recommendations from different School of Education faculty members using form ST 20. 

- One from a faculty member teaching a content methods course

- One from another faculty member in Semesters 5, 6, or 7

Undergraduate | Secondary/K-12 candidates: In addition to the two recommendations as listed above: 

- One from a faculty member teaching in the certification content area

All Graduate Candidates: Two recommendations from different School of Education faculty members using form ST 20: 

- One from a faculty member teaching a content methods course (If the methods course is taken at another university, the recommendation should come from the faculty member teaching the course).

- Any other School of Education professor (If a student takes their methods course at another university, then this School of Education professor should be someone who has seen the candidate teach).

5. Clearances - Copies of clearances must be on file in the Student & Academic Services Office (213 Canevin Hall). Original clearances will not be accepted. Please submit copies only. However, original clearances may be needed to confirm a student teaching placement in particular school districts. ; original clearances will not be accepted. Students should make several copies of clearances and store originals in a safe place. 

Information regarding Pennsylvania clearances (link)

Clearances must be current when turned in; clearances must remain current throughout your student teaching experience. All clearances are valid for one (1) year and are to be renewed every year. Fall semester students will student teach August through February. Spring semester students will student teach January through June.

6. Removal of all Incomplete & Failing grades

7. Minimum QPA of 3.00 overall

8. Minimum QPA of 3.00 in the certification subject area (Secondary or K-12)

9. Successful completion of the following PAPA exams:

For ALL Undergraduate student teachers:

    For Undergraduate student teachers in K-12 certification areas (i.e. Foreign Language—Latin)

    SKILLS OF BASIC TESTS MUST BE COMPLETED AND PASSED (EITHER INDIVIDUALLY OR COMPOSITE) BY ALL UNDERGRADUATE CANDIDATES OR YOU MAY NOT STUDENT TEACH – NO EXCEPTIONS.

    NOTES ON PROFESSIONAL TESTING: All candidates, undergraduate and graduate, will be required to obtain a qualifying score on the specialty area certification exam(s) required for your content area for teaching certification. THis is not required prior to student teaching. If you plan to graduate following your student teaching please fill out a Degree Application with your advisor by the specified date listed in “Schedule of Classes” order to be considered for graduation.