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.

Approval

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. 

Placement Process

Special Site Information (4 o'clocks) meetings

Site Options

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 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 schools in the City of Chicago School District are available upon request.
  • Information relative to requesting PDF iconspecific 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. 

Eden Prairie Schools (Eden Prairie, MN)

  • 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.

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.)

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.
  • Placements also may be available in international schools in other countries.
  • 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 $200 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.)

Exceptional Circumstances

  • 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. 

Special Site Request Forms