Student Teaching

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 File"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.
  • Questions may be directed to the staff in the Office of Field Experiences in N310 LC.

Application (one year prior to student teaching)

Placement (semester prior to student teaching)

Student Teaching Semester and Program Completion

Application (one year prior to student teaching)

When to apply

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.

Application Process

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. Questions may be directed to the staff in the Office of Field Experiences in N310 LC.

Prepare to apply

  • Meet with your advisor to confirm the semester you will be ready to student teach
  • (Optional) Attend a student teaching registration meeting
  • Review options for student teaching

Apply

Application Checklist

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Refresher Registration Meeting

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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 

Important Notes about Placement

  • 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.
  • Special Site.  Student teaching options outside of the 60-mile radius of Iowa City are available (see special site placement information and options).
  • 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. 

Special Site student teaching approval and placement process

Special Site Placements are student teaching placements that are made outside the "local area" which includes the 60-mile radius of Iowa City.
Visit the Special Site Information page.

Student Teaching Semester Calendars

You can download student teaching semester calendars on the Handbooks and Calendars page.

Fees associated with the student teaching semester

PDF iconDownload Student Teaching Semester: Extra Costs.

Placement (semester prior to student teaching)

  • Confirm plans to student teach (HawkID login required)
  • Special Site informational (4 O'Clock) meetings
  • Change plans to student teach
    • 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. 
  • 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.

Student Teaching Semester and Program Completion