Student Teaching Preparation
Student Teaching Preparation - Departmental Requirements
Department Application/Approval to Student Teach
In addition to completing a packet to meet requirements for the Student Teaching Department, each student must also meet requirements established by their major department.
All Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education majors planning to student teach in Fall 2016 should meet with their assigned academic advisor during the first two weeks of the Spring 2016 term to discuss placement guidelines as well as content testing. This appointment is required by the department prior to meeting with your assigned student teaching coordinator.
Click here to print an EC/ELE/MLE Departmental application form from your computer. The current version being accepted has "August 2014" in the upper right corner. Applications are due no later than Monday, February 1, 2016, for all Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors planning to student teach in Fall 2016. The application should be submitted to 2171 Buzzard Hall during your academic advisor appointment.
Attention: ALL professional education coursework must be completed with a "C" or better prior to student teaching. Plan ahead. If you have any questions, please consult with your academic adviser or come to the EC/ELE/MLE department office for additional information.
University Application to Student Teach
Every student planning to student teach must formally apply. New web-based procedures for applying to student teach take effect in Fall 2010. Students planning to student teach in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 must apply during Fall 2016 and complete your student teaching packet. For more information: watch your e-mail, the Daily Eastern News and other publications, as well as the Student Teaching website and the bulletin board outside the Student Teaching office.
University Approval to Student Teach
Approval to Student Teach is a multiple-step process, including earning "Departmental Approval to Student Teach." The College of Education and Professional Studies will send the applying student's name to the major department for Department Approval to Student Teach. Students must complete courses in the major with a minimum of a 2.65 GPA and a 2.65 cumulative GPA. In addition, students must document passage of Illinois Certification content-area test in their discipline(s) no later than the end of the semester prior to student teaching.
Every student planning to student teach must complete an electronic application. Failure to complete the application materials by the deadline may result in a one-year delay in student teaching.
Minimum Grade Requirement in Courses for Teacher Certification Programs
All students graduating after December 2011 with a teacher certification major must receive a grade of "C" or better in all courses, regardless where they are taken, used toward graduation including general education, professional education, major and minor courses, all university required courses, and electives. Furthermore, any course used for the purpose of adding endorsements to a teaching certificate must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Illinois Certification Tests - Content-Area
Students are required to pass the content-area test in their discipline(s) no later than the end of the semester prior to student teaching. Contact the Certifying Dean in the College of Education and Professional Studies for deadlines.
Application for Teaching Certificates
Students should begin the process of applying for their teaching certificates early in the term in which they will graduate or complete all requirements. Forms and instructions will be distributed by the Student Teaching Coordinators.
To be eligible for a student teaching assignment, a student must attain 90 semester hours or more toward graduation and must have complied with all regulations and qualifications relative to "University Approval to take Teacher Education Courses" and "University Approval to Student Teach." Students must register for Student Teaching 4001 through EIU to qualify for graduation. Registration and fees are required as with regular course work. Students are assigned to student teach in public schools in one of the student teaching centers located throughout the state. Assignments are made by the Student Teaching Coordinators. The public school cooperating teacher to whom each student is assigned holds licensure consistent with the licensure the student teacher is seeking and the setting and subject area assignment are appropriate to the license. Students engaged in student teaching are limited to a total academic load of 15 semester hours (except in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Early Childhood Education with dual certification in Elementary Education) and the number of hours of outside work permitted is restricted.
A full semester (15 or 16 weeks) of assigned student teaching/professional experience is required of all students seeking initial licensure. Students should consult the Professional Education Requirements for Teacher Certification Programs and individual course listings for specific information.
Termination of Student Teaching Placement
Students are guests of the host school district. A school district and/or the University retains the right to terminate a student teaching placement. A subsequent conference to examine options will be held with the student and the Student Teaching Coordinator and/or Student Teaching Chair, with input from the major department as needed or appropriate.