Student Teaching is the culminating field experience of the teacher education program.  This field experience is an all day, full-semester placement in a school setting that is generally completed the final fall or spring semester of enrollment in the teacher education program.  Applications must be submitted one year in advance.  Information regarding student teaching options and the application process are discussed in detail during the elementary or secondary orientation course. 

  • Students are generally not placed in buildings in which they attended as students, have had a practicum, have been employed, or in which they have relatives employed. When possible, assignments will be made in the preference area indicated; however, due to the difficulty in placing all students in the "Central" or Iowa City area, the only guarantee is that a placement will not be made in the area student prefers "not to be placed".
  • For all teacher education programs which include initial teacher licensure, students must complete all Teacher Education Program course work and degree course work prior to student teaching. The requirements for the Teacher Leader Certificate need to be completed as well. Student teaching must be the final semester of their Teacher Education Program.
  • Transportation to the student teaching assignment is the student teacher's responsibility. Overall the average commute time to a student teaching placement is 30 minutes.

Timeline

The basic timeline for student teaching is as follows:

Application

The application process should be completed one year (2 semesters) in advance of the anticipated student teaching semester. Web submission of Fall applications are accepted from October 1st through November 15th and Spring applications from March 1st through April 15th.  An optional informational meeting on student teaching registration is scheduled during each of these periods.

Before applying, meet with your advisor to confirm the semester you will be ready to student teach and review your options for placements. It is optional to attend a student teaching registration meeting. 

Financial Aid Information

If you are considering graduation prior to student teaching -- and are receiving financial aid -- please be aware that you may become ineligible for certain types of financial aid once you have a bachelor's degree. Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid, 208 Calvin Hall, 319/335-1450.

Application Checklist

Download and print a checklist of the application process (pdf)

Application Approval

Approval for student teaching is not automatic.  In the semester prior to student teaching, all applications are reviewed using the following criteria for admission to student teaching.

  1. Review of scholarship in:
    1. GPA in major
    2. GPA in professional education courses
    3. CGPA in all courses attempted
  2. Observation by faculty in courses and practicum assignments
  3. Observation reports from practicum cooperating teachers
  4. Recommendation relative to appropriate professional dispositions from faculty/staff
  5. Completion of all professional education and major area courses 

  • Location of Placements. Most students complete a local student teaching experience (a 60-mile radius of Iowa City). This area includes Iowa City and the surrounding communities as well as Cedar Rapids, Muscatine, and any of the Quad-Cities (see local placement area map, district map, district web sites).
  • Limited Availability of Iowa City Placements. The demand for placements in the Iowa City Community School District (including Coralville, Hills and North Liberty) significantly exceeds availability, these placements cannot be guaranteed.
  • Site Preference. You cannot complete a student teaching experience in a school you attended, or in a school where you have worked, or have family.  You may, however, student teach in other buildings in a district you attended, have worked, or have family. Student teachers who attended the ICCSD as a student will not be placed in the ICCSD for student teaching.
  • Special Site.  Student teaching options outside of the 60-mile radius of Iowa City are available (see special site placement information and options further down this page).
  • Elementary assignments are made based on the availability of the grade level requested, as well as taking into consideration the grade level completed during reading practicum.
  • Secondary assignments are made based upon the recommendations of the program coordinator, as well as the grade level completed during practicum.
  • Transportation to the assigned school is the responsibility of the student.
  • Do NOT try to arrange your own student teaching assignment by contacting a principal or teacher you know.  This request may be included on your application under "Personal Factors".  This permits compliance with individual district placement protocol.
  • Application changes relative to your student teaching information (i.e., address, phone number, semester you plan to student teach, where you would like to student teach, withdrawal from TEP) should be reported to the Office of Student Field Experiences.
  • Changing site or grade level preference relative to your student teaching can be done up until the end of the third week of the semester prior to student teaching.  Changes in student teaching placement site preferences can be made by personally contacting the Office of Student Field Experiences (319/335-5361).  Beginning with the fourth week of the semester prior to the student teaching semester, a change in site preference requires that the student submit a letter to the Coordinator of Student Field Experiences describing the compelling reason for the change.  The request for change will be reviewed and the student notified of the decision within a week of receiving the request.  A change in site preference following the eighth week of the semester prior to the student teaching semester will require that the student postpone student teaching for a semester.
  • Extenuating circumstances occasionally unexpected situations (e.g., illness of cooperating teacher) dictate a student teaching assignment change.  The Office of Student Field Experiences will facilitate changes as quickly and efficiently as possible.

All student teachers are assessed a “student teaching” fee which will appear on their University of Iowa tuition bill. The fee covers the state-mandated cost of compensating teachers in the field who mentor our student teachers. This fee also contributes to the cost of supervisor travel, supervision, and several incidental expenses associate with student teaching.

The Teacher Education Program requires a comprehensive record check because many field experience sites (schools and other educational agencies) require students to show documentation of a record check prior to entering the site. College of Education (COE) staff will have access to the record check for verification and advising purposes. Results of record checks do not affect a student's status in the TEP.

For a complete list and current costs please:

download Student Teaching Semester: Extra Costs.

Placement

The semester prior to your student teaching, you will need to:

Notification Information

  • If you are doing a special site placement, there will be a REQUIRED Orientation Workshop near the end of the semester prior to student teaching, please watch for an e-mail.
  • If you are a local elementary student teacher you will receive email notification by 4:00 p.m. the last Tuesday of classes prior to finals week.
  • If you are a local secondary student teacher you will receive email notification by 4:00 p.m. the last Thursday of classes prior to finals week.

  • Application changes relative to your student teaching information (i.e., address, phone number, semester you plan to student teach, where you would like to student teach, withdrawal from TEP) should be reported to the Office of Student Field Experiences.
  • Changing Site or grade level preference relative to your student teaching can be done up until the end of the third week of the semester prior to student teaching.  Changes in student teaching placement site preferences can be made by personally contacting the Office of Student Field Experiences (319/335-5361).  Beginning with the fourth week of the semester prior to the student teaching semester, a change in site preference requires that the student submit a letter to the Coordinator of Student Field Experiences describing the compelling reason for the change.  The request for change will be reviewed and the student notified of the decision within a week of receiving the request.  A change in site preference following the eighth week of the semester prior to the student teaching semester will require that the student postpone student teaching for a semester.
  • Extenuating circumstances occasionally unexpected situations (e.g., illness of cooperating teacher) dictate a student teaching assignment change.  The Office of Student Field Experiences will facilitate changes as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Special Site Student Teaching

Special Site Placements are student teaching placements that are made outside the "local area" which includes the 60-mile radius of Iowa City. Many of the placement options include districts with greater diversity than found in the local area.

Special site placement requires additional steps than conventional placements.

Students apply for a special site student teaching placement by completing a Special Site Request form with an ISIS grade report print out attached and submitting it to their program area (as directed on the top of the request form).

  • Minimal grade point average needed for approval, Elementary students should have a minimum 3.20 U of I g.p.a. and overall, with a 3.5 g.p.a. in the program area, Secondary students should have a minimum  3.20 U of I g.p.a. and in their program area.  Additionally students need to have demonstrated reliability, responsibility and initiative in program coursework and field experiences. Consideration may be given to applicants below the minimum g.p.a. requirement.
  • Additional application steps are required for English Education students interested in special site placement that include a written 500-800 word rationale describing reason(s) for a special site placement.
  • Elementary Strat I applicants are required to complete a local student teaching placement. No special site placement options for Elementary Strat I.
  • Students planning to student teach in the Chicago area must document successful completion of the Illinois Content Test (ICT #197, 198, 199 & 200 Elementary Education) for elementary students and the appropriate content test for secondary applicants. For information regarding Illinois Content Test go to http://www.icts.nesinc.com This will need to be completed by September for Spring placement and by January for Fall placement. Certain Illinois computer-based tests are available through Pearson VUE test centers in Iowa and elsewhere.
  • Students must attend an informational Four O'Clock Meeting held the 4th week of the semester prior to the student teaching semester at which time information relative to their preferred special site is described in detail.
  • Once approved for a special site student teaching placement, students must remain cognizant of the student teaching placement reality that while the Field Experiences Coordinators will be professional and diligent in initiating appropriate placement requests all placements are made at the discretion of the hosting institution (i.e., the college/university, district, school).
  • Although a special site request form is submitted the student must indicate local placement preferences at the time of completing their student teaching application materials in the event that their special site request is not approved, or a placement at their requested special site can not be confirmed. 

Des Moines

  • Regular Supervision is available in the Des Moines area for a limited number of elementary and secondary placements.
  • Information relative to requesting specific districts/individual schools is described in detail at the appropriate Four O’Clock Meeting a semester prior to student teaching.
  • All placements are made at the districts’/individual schools’ discretion. 

Iowa Regents Placements

  • Placements at locations regularly used by Iowa State University and The University of Northern Iowa (Ames, Clear Lake, Council Bluffs/Omaha, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Mason City, and Waterloo/Cedar Falls).
  • Information relative to requesting specific areas of the state/districts/individual schools is described in detail at the appropriate Four O’Clock Meeting a semester prior to student teaching.
  • Availability of Iowa Regents Placements is at the discretion of the hosting institution (i.e., ISU and UNI). 

Chicago Area

  • Students planning to student teach in the Chicago area must document successful completion of the Illinois Content Test (ICT #197, 198, 199 & 200 OR #305 Elementary Education) for elementary students and the appropriate content test for secondary applicants. For information regarding Illinois Content Test go to http://www.icts.nesinc.com This will need to be completed by September for Spring placement and by January for Fall placement. Certain Illinois computer-based tests are available through Pearson VUE test centers in Iowa and elsewhere.
  • Students must attend an informational Four O'Clock Meeting held the 4th week of the semester prior to the student teaching semester at which time information relative to their preferred special site is described in detail.
  • Placements are primarily made in the western, northwestern, and northern suburbs.
  • Placements in the Chicago Public Schools are not an option at this time.
  • Information relative to requesting specific Chicago districts/individual schools is described in detail at the appropriate Four O’Clock Meeting a semester prior to student teaching.
  • When possible, placements are clustered to allow for adequate supervision.
  • All placements are made at the districts’/individual schools’ discretion; prior volunteering in a district/school enhances the possibility of placement.  Such networking is strongly encouraged. 

Aldine Independent School District (Houston, TX)

  • Aldine ISD is located approximately 17 miles north of downtown Houston and encompasses more than 111 square miles of land, both urban and rural.
  • The district has steadily increasing student population, with 72,000+ students in over 80 campuses, making it one of the largest districts in Texas.
  • This partnership provides UI student teachers quality placements and supervision in a district with a diverse population, and strives to afford students who successfully complete their student teaching experience in the partnership job opportunities in the district.
  • Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements, with students typically choosing to live in apartments recommended by “Apartment Directions,” an apartment locating service familiar with the partnership program.
  • The Aldine Student Teaching Partnership is described in detail at the appropriate Four O’Clock Meeting the semester prior to student teaching.
  • For more information on the Aldine ISD, visit their Web site at www.aldine.k12.tx.us.

(Additional information available in notebook files in N310 LC.)

Rialto Unified School District (Rialto, CA)

  • The city of Rialto, a community of approximately 95,000, lies just north of Interstate 10, between the cities of San Bernardino and Fontana. The 55 square mile district serves over 30,000 students in nineteen elementary schools (K-5), five middle schools (6-8), and five senior high schools (9-12).
  • This partnership provides UI student teachers quality placements and supervision in a district with a diverse population, and strives to afford students who successfully complete their student teaching experience in the partnership job opportunities in the district.
  • Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements, with the district recommending apartment complexes that typically offer rental agreements of less than a year, and often with reduced security deposits.
  • The Rialto USD Student Teaching Partnership is described in detail at the appropriate Four O’Clock Meeting the semester prior to student teaching.
  • For more information on the Rialto USD, visit their Web site at www.rialto.k12.ca.us.

(Additional information available in notebook files in N310 LC.)

Eastern Carver County Schools District 112 (draws from Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver and Victoria, MN)

In the suburbs of Minneapolis

  • • Serves about 72% of the student-age population in Chanhassen
  • • The district consists of eight elementary schools plus a Dual Language elementary (Spanish), three middle schools (6-8) and 2 high schools (9-12).
  • • Regular supervision is available for a limited number of placements.
  • • Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.
  • • Information relative to requesting placement at District 112 is described at the appropriate Four O’Clock Meeting the semester prior to student teaching.
  • • More information can be found at http://www.district112.org/

Eden Prairie Schools (Eden Prairie, MN) VERY limited placements - this is an option only for those who have a direct connection to Eden Prairie.

  • Eden Prairie is 12 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Hennepin County.
  • The district consists of six elementary schools (including a Spanish Immersion School), one middle school (7-8) and one high school (9-12).
  • Regular supervision is available for a limited number of placements.
  • Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.
  • Information relative to requesting placement at Eden Prairie is described at the appropriate Four O’Clock Meeting the semester prior to student teaching.
  • More information at Eden Prairie Schools.

International Placements

  • International placements comprise the second half of a student’s student teaching semester, with the first eight weeks being completed in a stateside placement. If approved by the program area for such an arrangement, students can complete the first half of their student teaching at one of the special site placement sites described above (i.e., Des Moines, Iowa Regents, Chicago, Aldine, Rialto).
  • The eight-week stateside/eight-week international placement option is not an option approved by the English program area. Students in the English program area are required to complete a 16-week stateside placement. An international experience would be an additional seven-/eight-week experience.
  • International placements are made through Indiana University Global Gateway for Teachers, Dr. Laura Stachowski, Director, Cultural Immersion Projects, Indiana University.
  • School Placements are arranged by Host Nation Consultants, experienced educators in the respective countries who make the school placements and are available as needed for consultation throughout the placement.
  • Placements are available in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England and Wales, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, and Spain (Avila), with students having the opportunity to identify the country (and when possible the area of the country) desired.
  • Participants choose between commercial accommodations (hostels, bed and breakfasts) and board and room (home stays).
  • The application process is described in detail at the appropriate Four O’Clock Meeting the semester prior to student teaching.
  • Placement details typically are received near the end of the semester prior to student teaching, or during the break between sessions. Placements in certain countries may not be confirmed until the first few weeks of the student teaching semester.
  • Expenses include a $250 placement fee payable to Indiana University, Global Gateway for Teachers, tuition (about the same as for students not participating in the program), transportation to/from the country of placement, and living expenses (housing/transportation/food in the host country, spending money).

(Additional information available in notebook files in N310 LC.)

  • Placements in areas where UI student teaching partnerships/programs are not established.
  • Exceptional Circumstances placements require a formal appeal at the time of applying to student teach (a year prior to the student teaching semester).
  • Appeals are submitted to the Director of Student Field Experiences and include a letter describing the compelling need for an Exceptional Circumstances Placement (e.g., family relocation) and a current transcript.
  • Appeals are reviewed and approved or denied by a faculty committee the semester prior to student teaching.
  • Approved Exceptional Circumstances Placements require a $300 placement fee. 
  • Exceptional circumstances will be considered for state-side placements only.
  • The reason for requesting should be exceptional. Wanting to student teach in a particular district in order to get hired there or wanting to live at home to save money are not considered exceptional circumstances.

Special Site Requests Forms

Please submit your Special Site Request Form electronically to bellinda-assemien@uiowa.edu.