Student Teaching

One of the most important phases in preparing for your professional teaching career is student teaching. As a student teacher, you’ll learn from classroom experiences and reflect upon them with your university supervisor and cooperating teacher. You’ll also share instructional responsibilities in the classroom with a cooperating teacher.

Add to your cultural and diversity opportunities by choosing UW-Platteville’s Study Abroad or Aldine, Texas, student teaching opportunities. Depending on your choice of licensure level, your student teaching assignment usually includes two different placements that allows you to instruct more than one age group.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend seminars designed to help you successfully transition into your placement(s).

Admission requirements

You should apply for admission to student teaching in December preceding the academic year in which your student teaching will take place. In November or December, a meeting will be held for you to request a student teaching placement. The time and place of this meeting will be announced at the beginning of each fall semester. The Clinical Experiences Office makes all student teaching and internship arrangements. You should not try to make your own arrangements.

Requirements 

To be eligible for admission to student teaching you must:

  1. Meet or exceed the minimum required GPA of 2.75 overall and in your major(s), minor(s), and professional education courses. For the Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (EC-MC) (B-11) major, a GPA of 3.0 is required in professional education, major, and minor. For the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA) (6-12/13) major, a GPA of 3.0 is required in professional education and major and 2.75 in minor.
  2. Have completed the appropriate methods course(s) for your major and/or minor, as well as TEACHING 2130 and TEACHING 3320 or equivalent courses.
  3. Have a grade of "C-" or better in the 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) or have a GPA of 3.0 in the licensable major, minor and/or concentration. Foreign Language major/minors are required to pass the OPI and WPT of the ACTFL World Language tests. The 3.0 GPA is not applicable to these programs. Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (birth-sixth grade) and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (First-eighth grade) students will be required to pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test in order to be recommended for a license. If you do not have a passing score, you may be placed for student teaching as long as you able to submit the form and letter of support. Both tests or GPA need to be completed by April 1 for fall student teaching and Nov. 1 for spring student teaching.
  6. Have been admitted into the School of Education for one full semester before student teaching.
  7. Provide proof of a negative Tuberculosis skin test. Your Tuberculosis skin test will need to be completed by Aug. 1 for fall student teaching and Dec. 1 for spring student teaching.
  8. Have a current (within the past two years) satisfactory criminal background check verified before placement into student teaching.

It’s your responsibility to attend the application meeting, complete all requirements, and adhere to the deadlines. Failure to meet the deadline may result in not getting a placement for the semester you wish to student teach.

In January, after all applications have been reviewed, the Clinical Experiences Office will contact you about your admission status.

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