Student teaching is a full-time classroom experience in the student’s area of licensure in which s/he is supervised regularly by both a faculty member or supervisor from a teacher education program and the classroom teacher(s) with whom the student is placed. The primary objective of student teaching is to provide the opportunity for acquisition and demonstration of instructional competence with beginning professional educators. The student teaching experience has been carefully designed to be as realistic and as intensive as actual teaching. This involves placing student teachers in schools with carefully selected and qualified cooperating teachers. Supervision is regarded as absolutely essential and is a mutual responsibility of the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor, who are proven successful classroom teachers. The extent of actual student teacher or practicum student involvement and the assumption of full class responsibilities rest upon the mutual agreement of the candidate, the cooperating teacher, and the university supervisor, who make up the Student Teaching Triad.
The basic role of the triad members is to work as a team through constant communication to support, enhance, and prepare the student teacher to become a reflective professional. Each member has a specific set of responsibilities outlined in this handbook.
The application process begins one year before you intend to student teach. You need to schedule an appointment and file a completed application in the Office of Student Teaching, Neff Hall, Room 243, between September through November for students who plan to student teach in the Fall semester, or January through March for students who plan to student teach in the Spring semester. Due to the process that placement requests must go through, late applications cannot be accepted. Your student teaching will be delayed if you have missed the application deadline. Please do not submit an application unless you actually intend to complete your student teaching during the coming school year.
Exact dates are available by contacting by the Office of Student Teaching (Neff Hall, Room 243, 260-481-6457)
The deadline for students who plan to student teach in the Fall semester is November and the deadline for students who plan to student teach in the Spring semester is March. Due to the process that placement requests must go through, late applications cannot be accepted. Your student teaching will be delayed if you have missed the application deadline. Contact the Office of Student Teaching to find out when you can schedule an appointment with the Director of Field Services and submit an application in order to avoid further delays in your student teaching.
For an elementary education major, only 6 credit hours of electives may be remaining; all general education and School of Education requirements must be satisfied before student teaching. For a secondary education (High School/AYA) major, only 6 credit hours in the teaching major may be remaining; for Middle School only, only 6 credit hours may be remaining, with a maximum of 3 credit hours in each content area. All general education and College of Education and Public Policy requirements must be satisfied before student teaching. All coursework must be completed before you can apply for your license.
All courses being taken during or after student teaching must be pre-approved by the Director of Student Teaching.
All requests for placement must be made approximately one year before your student teaching semester. The deadline for students who plan to student teach in the Fall semester is November and the deadline for students who plan to student teach in the Spring semester is March. Contact the Office of Student Teaching to find out when you can schedule an appointment with the Director of Field Services and submit your application. Due to the process that placement requests must go through, late applications cannot be accepted. Your student teaching will be delayed if you have missed the application deadline.
Obtain a Student Teaching Application Procedures/Deadlines sheet in Neff Hall, Room 243, one year before you intend to student teach or download the application.
You will submit your student teaching application to the Director of Field Services during your scheduled appointment time. This appointment must be scheduled approximately one year before you intend to student teach. You can schedule this appointment by calling 260-481-6457 or stopping in to Neff Hall, Room 243A.
The following school corporations have been approved for student teaching placements:
Please do not make formal contact with any teacher or administrator of a school system without the permission of the Office of Student Teaching and Field Services.
Courtesy placements may be considered for students whose spouse needs to relocate for military purposes. All other students are required to use the approved school districts. Please contact the Office of Student Teaching at 260-481-6457 with any questions.
Students are not permitted to make their own placements. Under no circumstances should you call teachers, principals, schools or school corporations yourself. All placements are made through the Office of Student Teaching.
As summer school schedules usually do not provide a complete and sufficient program of teaching activities, student teaching will occur primarily during the months August through May when public and commissioned private and parochial schools are normally in session.
Student teachers at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne are placed in public and commissioned private and parochial schools in the northeastern Indiana area. The school must maintain the appropriate type of state commission.
Student teachers, through discussion with the Director of Field Services, are given input as to where they desire to be placed. Assignment requests and placements are sought in the best interest of each student teacher. The decision to place a student teacher in a given situation is a cooperative agreement in which the school administrator, cooperating teacher, and the Director of Field Services give their consent.
Placements are always completed as a formal request to the school system involved. Eventual placements, of course, are subject to final approval of the Director of Field Services and the appropriate administrator of the school requested by the university. Changes in confirmed placements are extremely rare and are affected only through the placement policy of the schools involved.
While it is impossible to say what the chances are, we do try quite hard to honor special requests and place students at the grade level they would like. However, many factors are at work in arranging placements, so it is not possible for everyone to receive their specific request for grade or school/school corporation. Students are not allowed to request specific schools or teachers.
Students are notified on a rolling basis. You will receive a confirmation letter telling which school you are assigned to student teach in, who your cooperating teacher will be, and the starting and ending dates of the placement. Most placements are not finalized until the latter part of the semester, early December for spring placements and late April for fall placements. You can also check the bulletin board outside Neff Hall, Room 243 for placement information.
The Office of Student Teaching will try our very best to find a placement for every student teacher. Placing student teachers is very time consuming and there are occasions when we don’t receive confirmation from a school corporation until just prior to the beginning of the semester. Be patient, be flexible and a placement will be found. If a placement cannot be found, the Office of Student Teaching will continue to look for the following semester. You will need to complete new paperwork if a new semester is required.
Student teaching experiences vary across subjects and grade levels, but in most schools, you will be spending time teaching, planning and reflecting on your experiences. The morning will begin early, with preparation for the day and perhaps consultation with your cooperating teacher. You’ll follow the school’s daily schedule and end the day according to the needs of the students and school personnel. In other words, your day will not end with the dismissal bell. You often will be asked to stay for conferencing and/or to make preparations for the next day. This is all considered part of the total student teaching experience.
Most student teaching is a minimum of 12-16 weeks. Some may have slightly longer placements than others depending on your major, program requirements, minors and endorsements.
A day of student teaching is not just the time the students are present. It is, in fact, whatever time is necessary for you to be at the school as determined by the cooperating teacher, school administrators, and the needs of the students. You will be there the same times as the cooperating teachers.
Student teaching should be your first priority. It is recognized that many university students maintain employment while attending university classes. Due to the excessive demands on the student’s time during the student teaching period, students are requested to arrange their schedules so that they need not work during the student teaching phase of their program. If it appears that employment is jeopardizing the success of the student teacher’s program, the student teacher will be given the option of terminating either employment or student teaching.
Student teachers may not enroll in more than one additional university course that will require their attendance and participation during the semester of student teaching. This class may not be scheduled during the specified daytime hours of the student teaching experience and must be pre-approved by the Office of Student Teaching at the time of registration.
You may not act as a paid substitute if your cooperating teacher is absent. You may maintain leadership of the class if your cooperating teacher is absent for a brief time during your full-time teaching period and if the principal designates a teacher-in-charge who is an employee. You are not an employee of the school or under contract with your school corporation. You may not receive payment from the school or school corporation during your student teaching experience-this includes for coaching and other extra-curricular activities.
As a student teacher, you may not participate in any job actions (e.g. strikes or picketing). You also may not administer or witness corporal punishment.
You should participate in faculty meetings and parent conferences held during student teaching.
Extra-curricular activities and assignments are an important part of teachers’ lives. It is to your advantage to become involved in school activities which extend beyond the regular classroom setting. These include assemblies, dances, concerts, plays, athletic events and contests. You may be required to be involved in some activities. Be sure to consider these experiences when preparing your portfolio.
You may not receive payment from the school or school corporation during your student teaching experience-this includes for coaching and other extra-curricular activities.
Student teachers will observe the vacation periods of the school to which they are assigned, not the university vacation schedule.
Student teachers are expected to be on duty each day.
All absences must be reported to the school to which the student teacher is assigned, to the cooperating teacher, to the university supervisor and to the Office of Student Teaching.
Student teachers may be excused by their cooperating teacher for personal illness or a death in the immediate family. Student teachers need prior approval for ALL absences in advance from The Office of Student Teaching except for personal illness. If you need to miss student teaching for any other reason (doctor appointments for yourself or family member, hospital visits, visitations/funerals, jury duty, PRAXIS testing, job interviews, etc.), you MUST receive written consent from the Office of Student Teaching.
Student teachers may not be excused for personal reasons such as weddings, athletic contests, dances, or other social events.
Excessive absences for any reason will result in an extension, rescheduling or termination of the student teaching period.
Tardiness is never acceptable.
In case of violations, the cooperating teacher must notify the university supervisor or the Office of Student Teaching.
Since student teachers must meet both certification standards of the State of Indiana and university graduation requirements, school closings and adjustments in attendance days may result in adjustments in the student teaching period. Do not schedule personal events to take place during the week following student teaching in case of adjustments of scheduling.
The cooperating teacher discusses with student teacher timetable, range of content, expectations, responsibilities, and evaluation criteria for each class. The cooperating teacher observes and consults with the student teacher on a regular basis. The cooperating teacher regularly evaluates the progress of the student teacher and helps the student teacher to develop by providing written feedback as well as engaging in reflection about what happens in the classroom. The cooperating teacher encourages the student teacher to try a variety of teaching methods and approaches. The cooperating teacher is readily available to the student teacher even though the student teacher may have complete responsibility.
We do our very best to resolve any problematic situations, whether they occur before or during student teaching. Please contact the Office of Student Teaching at 260-481-6457 with any questions.
Students always have the option of withdrawing from student teaching (following the guidelines for withdrawing from any course) and reapplying for a new placement during a subsequent semester.
If a student should get pulled from their placement, they will receive an "F" (Failure) for the student teaching experience. It would then be necessary for the candidate to reapply if they choose to repeat the student teaching experience in its entirety. This will take place in a future semester, as well as in a different school district. The student will be required to pay any fees for that semester.
If you need to drop your student teaching for any reason, you should contact the Director of Field Services immediately. The Director will work with you to provide assistance when needed. If you drop or cancel your student teaching, it is possible that you may need to go through the application process again.
The Office of Student Teaching maintains separate information from the Registrar’s Office. Therefore, you must notify the Office of Student Teaching of any change in name or address.
All evaluation forms are available in the Office of Student Teaching or in the Student Teaching handbook, available online. Use the link above to access necessary forms.
The following reports must be submitted by the student teacher.
Student Teaching Experience Record
Completion of this form is the responsibility of the student teacher and should be done periodically throughout the entire student teaching period. It must be signed by both the student teacher and the cooperating teacher and returned by the due date on calendar. No grade for student teaching will be recorded until this form is on file.
Student Teaching Progress Report
You should make sure your cooperating teacher mails your final evaluation to the Office of Student Teaching. You should also confirm that your university supervisor has turned in his or her final evaluation.
The evaluation of the student teacher is a shared responsibility involving the cooperating teacher, the student teacher, the university supervisor, and the Director of Field Services. Though each of these individuals is expected to make a contribution to the evaluation of student teaching performance, it is the Director of Field Services who is charged by the university with final authority and responsibility for assigning the grade.
You can apply once your degree has been posted and/or all course work has been completed successfully and all required testing has been completed