Clinical Experience Office

Student teaching is the final component of the teacher education program. Normally, student teaching is completed in a school district within a 100-mile radius of Platteville; however, students may elect to student teach “out-of-area” for an additional fee. Great efforts have been invested to create student teaching opportunities in Aldine, Texas and numerous international sites. When completing the application form, the student is requested to list their preference of locations. If the teacher candidate is interested in an international placement they should contact the Coordinator of Clinical Experiences.

Applicants must complete a student teaching experience consisting of full days for a full semester following the schedule and calendar of the cooperating school. To be licensed for a specific grade level and/or teaching major or minor, students must have the appropriate student teaching experience(s).

A limited number of students are selected to complete an internship in lieu of regular student teaching. Interns spend a full semester under contract with the school district and receive compensation from the district for duties performed. Contact the Clinical Experiences Office for more information at 608.342.1271 or email

Student Teaching / Interning

Students should apply for admission to student teaching by December 15th preceding the academic year in which the clinical experience will take place. In November, a meeting will be held for students to complete applications for their student teaching placement for the following year. The time and place of this meeting will be well publicized. Only the Clinical Experience Office makes student teaching and internship arrangements. Therefore, students are not to contact school officials in an attempt to make their own arrangements.

Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching

To be eligible for admission to student teaching a candidate must:
  1. Meet or exceed the minimum required grade point average (GPA) of 2.750 overall and in major(s), teaching minor(s), and professional education courses. (Note: 3.00 required in professional education, major, and minor for early childhood-middle childhood, B-11 students.)
  2. Have completed appropriate methods course(s) for the major and minor, as well as Teaching 2130 and 3320 or equivalent courses.
  3. Have grades of "C" or better in re­quired methods courses, major, minor and professional education courses.
  4. Have documentation of an approved student teaching/level II portfolio on file.
  5. Have passed the appropriate Praxis II content test(s). No waivers are allowed. Effective 2013-2014, B-11 students will be required to pass the Foundations of Reading test through MTEL.
  6. Have been admitted to the SoE for one full semester prior to student teaching.
  7. Provide proof of a negative TB skin test.
  8. Have a current satisfactory criminal background check verified before placement into student teaching.

Criminal Background Checks

Teacher education courses require many hours of classroom observation, service learning, and clinical experiences in public schools. Students who go into these schools to fulfill requirements for UW-Platteville must provide proof of a current satisfactory background check completed through the Human Resources Department or online via Certified Background for the Clinical Experiences Office. Background checks are good for two years. The cost for an initial background check using Certified Background is $42. Click here for instructions and package code information.

Important Deadlines

Early Childhood Student Teaching

Student Teaching

Application meetings are held annually. Attendance is required for anyone wishing to complete student teaching or early childhood student teaching in the following academic year. Forms and information flyers may be found in the Clinical Experiences Office or bulletin board in Doudna Hall.

It is the students’ responsibility to attend the application meetings, complete all requirements, and adhere to the deadlines. Failure to meet the above deadlines may result in us not being able to secure a placement for you in a timely manner or during the semester you wish to student teach. Students must submit an application and have completed items 1, 5, and 6 of Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching and have completed or be in the process of completing items 2, 3, and 4 before the Clinical Experience staff will begin the search for a placement. All requirements must be met prior to your start date to avoid cancellation of the placement.


A student denied admission to student teaching may file an appeal request for a waiver with the chair of the Teacher Education Committee. The student may present the appeal in person or submit it in writing. It is suggested that the candidate provide letters of support from faculty and all documentation that would support their request for a waiver.

Teacher Education Committee

The Teacher Education Committee (TEC) is a group of faculty members responsible for approving or denying candidate appeals and waiver requests for admission to the SOE and admission to student teaching.

The committee consists of nine university faculty members-five from the School of Education; four from other departments-elected at large for two-year terms. Ex officio members are the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education, the Director of the School of Education, the Coordinator of Clinical Experiences, and the Registrar.


The TEC reviews appeals for student teaching and notifies candidates by letter of its decision. Students should not consider themselves admitted to the Student Teaching until they receive a letter from the TEC.

Student Teaching Rules
To teach at this level . . . you must student teach . . .
Early Childhood/Middle Childhood:
Birth to Age 11 (B-11)
in Early Childhood setting; in a kindergarten classroom; and in a 1-6 classroom. Early Childhood Student Teaching is done in a separate time frame from the 18 week (K-Elem) experience.
Early Adolescence:
Ages 10-14
in middle school; student teach in at least one minor.
Early Adolescence through Adolescence:
Ages 10-21
in middle school.
Early Childhood through Adolescence:
Birth to Age 21
student teach in 2 out of 3 levels in major.