Eastern Illinois University's Department of Student Teaching and Clinical Experiences is proud of its fine reputation for preparing teachers. All teacher education programs at EIU are fully and nationally accredited. Practical experience with learners in school settings is a vital component of our teacher education programs.

From classroom observation to small group teaching, straight through to practicum and student teaching, EIU students receive many opportunities to develop into teachers in their chosen field of expertise. Please contact our office if you have questions about student teaching or clinical experiences.


Doug Bower (djbower@eiu.edu)


Reminders for Fall 2016 Student Teachers 

Fingerprinting - All individuals planning to student teach in Fall 2016 must complete their second criminal history check no later than March 2, 2016.  Remember that the school district where you are placed will require you to complete an additional fingerprint based criminal history check (FBI).  You will get more information on this from the district once you are placed.

EIU TB Clinic .  The EIU TB Clinics will be held on April 18, 19, 20. and 21st.  The test will be administered on April 18th and 19th with follow up reading of the test on April 20th and 21st.  Individuals who will be student teaching in a Pre-K placement must return to Health Services and have a second test and reading the following week.  The clinic will be held 8-12 and 1-4:30  in Career Services in the Human Services Building.  The fee is $15 ($30 if you will be student teaching in a Pre-K setting and therefore required to complete a second test).  If you do not complete your TB testing through EIU you will be responsible for making arrangements to have it done through your own health care provider. 

Health Physical Exam –– According to the Illinois State Board of Education a physical exam is required in order to student teach in Illinois.  While you can have this completed through your own doctor, Health Services is offering this service at a cost of $15 (which is very inexpensive).  If you would like to take advantage of this service you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with Health Services for a physical exam beginning in early April. 

Mandated Reporter Training – Be sure to complete the DCFS Mandated Reporter Training and turn in your certificate of completion into the Department of Student Teaching (1420 Buzzard Hall).  The mandated reporter training can be found at https://mr.dcfstraining.org/UserAuth/Login!loginPage.action;jsessionid=03C7915E9FD730AFC08C145E5F3983D2 .  This must be completed and submitted no later than May 1st.  Be sure to keep a copy of your certificate of completion for your own records.

edTPA – Remember that in Fall 2016 you will be required to pay for ($300), complete, and submit the edTPA for official scoring in order to complete student teaching.  Furthermore, you must receive a passing score on the edTPA in order to be recommended for a license to teach.  For this reason, I strongly encourage you to become extremely familiar with your edTPA handbook and the Making Good Choices document. 

Register for STG 4000/STG 4001 – When it comes time to register for Fall 2016, be sure to register for your student teaching courses.  The section of STG 4001 you will enroll in depends on the number of credit hours is required under the catalog in which you will graduate.  Check with your advisor or graduation officer if you questions.  For Special Education candidates you will enroll in Section 016 while for most other candidates you will enroll in section 012.  Either way rest assured that we will check to make sure you are enrolled in the correct section(s).

Illinois Licensure Content Test – Be sure to register for and take the Illinois Licensure Content Test(s) in your appropriate major/discipline.  Remember that to student teach in Fall 2016, we must have official results showing you passed the required test(s) no later than July 22nd so please do not wait until the last minute to take the test.  Please refer to your pre-placement packet for more information.  Also, please note that if you are unsuccessful on your first attempt there you must wait 30 days before retaking the same test.

Fall 2016 Student Teachers Planning to Student Teach in Chicago Public Schools

If your coordinator has asked you to complete the application to student teach in Chicago Public Schools please go the the following website https://pcpsep.epm.cps.edu/sites/STI/index.htm .  Review the material required and once the application period opens use the student teacher registration link to complete your application.  If you have questions please contact Dr. Raymond LaPorte at rjlaporte@eiu.edu.



Student Teaching Application Fall 2016/ Spring 2017 is now closed

The deadline for applications to student teach in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 was October 31st.  We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Student Teaching on September 15, 2016.

Every student planning to student teach must formally apply. To complete the application you will need a current transcript (PAWS transcript is fine), an up-to-date resume (saved as a pdf), and a writing sample addressing specific criteria (saved as a pdf).  If you need assistance with preparing your resume please contact Career Services. Finally, specification/requirements for the writing sample can be found by clicking here.

To update your application click here.  Be very careful to mark the correct semester and year of when you plan to student teach.  If you are unable to log into the system please contact Dr. Doug Bower (djbower@eiu.edu or Ms. Mary Mattingly (mamattingly@eiu.edu).