Frequently Asked Questions

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Early Childhood Student teaching

Where do I submit my portfolio?
You must submit portfolios to the School of Education.  Do not submit them to Clinical Experiences.

What are the requirements for applying to early childhood student teach?
Prerequisites for Early Childhood Student Teaching are:

  • have been admitted to School of Education
  • completed methods classes (Block I)
  • have G.P.A. of 3.00 in major, minor, and professional education classes
  • received grades of “C” or better in all required courses
  • current satisfactory criminal background check

What is required for an application for early childhood student teaching?
For student teaching you need to complete and submit all of the following to the Clinical Experiences office, 125 Doudna:

  • official early childhood student teaching application (requires advisor signature)
  • electronically send a resume including GPA information (as a Word document)
  • class checklist (check off) for B-11
  • health form which includes a TB test

Where can I find the forms needed for the early childhood teaching application process?
You will find the forms on the Clinical Experiences website.

How far away can I be from Platteville and do my student teaching?
Normally, student teaching is completed in a school within a 100-mile radius of Platteville, with the exception of Milwaukee, Jamaica, and Aldine.  If you choose to go out of the area, you will be assessed an additional fee of $275.

Do I need a health form completed?  Can this be a physical that I have had done in the past?  Where can this be completed?
The physical must be done within a year of entering the child care center or school district.  TB test can be done at the health center on campus during the academic year.  If you use the health center for your general care, they may complete your physical form.  If you use your family doctor, it is recommended that you have the form completed there.  The health form is due in our office by May 1 for summer placement, August 1 for fall, and December 1 for spring.

Does my electronic portfolio need to be completed prior to my early childhood student teaching?
Your electronic student teaching portfolio is not required to be completed for early childhood student teaching.  Portfolios are to be submitted to the School of Education.  Do not send them to Clinical Experiences.

What is a normal assignment for early childhood student teaching?
A minimum of 80 hours is required to complete your early childhood student teaching experience.  In the summer, normal assignments are 8-noon, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks (afternoon nap time does not count).  During the school year the normal assignment is from 8-11:30.  If you are in a school district we will count the hours you are present, excluding lunch and/or nap time.  During Winterim, it can be completed in two weeks at Aldine, TX or Jamaica, with our program.

Student Teaching

Where do I submit my portfolio?
You must submit portfolios to the School of Education.  Do not submit them to Clinical Experiences.  

What are the requirements for student teaching?
You must be admitted to the School of Education (at least one full semester prior to student teaching), pass the Praxis II exam(s), meet or exceed the minimum required grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 overall and a 2.75 GPA (3.0 for B-11 majors) in your major(s), teaching minor(s), and professional education courses.   You must have completed methods course(s) for your major and minor and received grades of “C” or better in all required courses.

What is required for an application for student teaching?
To apply for student teaching, you must:

What is an internship?
A limited number of student teachers are selected to complete an internship in lieu of regular student teaching.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the major and professional education courses and a 2.75 in minor.  Interns spend a full semester under contract with the school district and receive compensation ($4500).  Students must agree to pay for the intern license that is required by DPI and a $200 special course fee.

Where can I find the forms needed for the application process?
For student teaching and/or internship you can find them on the Clinical Experiences' website.

What is the deadline date to apply for admission to student teaching?
Students should apply for admission to student teaching by December 15 preceding the academic year in which the clinical experience will take place.

How far away can I be from Platteville and do my student teaching?
Normally, student teaching is completed in a school district within a 100-mile radius of Platteville.  There are some pre-approved exceptions given to diverse placements.  If you choose to go out of the area, it can be done depending on the circumstances and you will be assessed an additional fee of $550 for student teaching.

What e-mail should I put on my application and resume for admission to student teaching?
Please use your uwplatt.edu e-mail address.  This is the account we will use to contact you. 

If I move, change my phone, my GPA changes, or I get married, how does that affect my application?
You must keep all your information current on your resume sent to the Clinical Experiences office.  Also provide this information to your principals, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors.

What if I haven’t passed part of my PPST tests?
The School of Education (SoE) has a graduate student who is able to assist you in preparing for the exam.  If you are interested, please go to the School of Education office (Doudna 139) or call 342-1131 and request an appointment with the graduate assistant.  Study materials can also be checked out of the Instructional Materials Lab (IML), Karrmann Library.

Can I appeal my denial of admission to the School of Education or to student teaching?
You may file an appeal with the chair of the Teacher Education Committee, currently Dr. Mark Zidon (zidon@uwplatt.edu).  Exceptions to the established passing score on PPST and the minimum cumulative GPA may be granted to no more than 10% of the total number of teacher candidates admitted to the program during each admission period.  Only one waiver (e.g., a waiver on one part of the PPST or a waiver on one GPA deficiency) can be given to a teacher candidate.  The committee meets once each semester (normally in October and March).

What is the Teacher Education Committee?
The Teacher Education Committee is a group of faculty members (five from SoE and four from other departments—elected at large for a two-year term) responsible for monitoring the screening procedures used to select and retain candidates for teacher licensure.  The committee considers appeals for waivers for admission to SoE.  Information on the appeal process can be obtained in the School of Education office (Doudna 139).

What if I haven’t passed the required Praxis II content area of my major?
No waivers of the Praxis II requirement are allowed.  A passing Praxis II score must be reported to the Clinical Experience office by May 1 to student teach in the fall and November 1 to student teach spring semester.

Does my electronic portfolio need to be completed prior to student teaching?
Your electronic Student Teaching Portfolio submitted to the School of Education at education@uwplatt.edu must be approved prior to student teaching.  There are no exceptions to this.  Your Licensure Portfolio, also submitted to the School of Education, is due on December 10 or May 10 of the semester that you are student teaching.  

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