University of Southern Indiana

Student Teaching

Student Teaching Information
Student teaching is the final semester of all teaching degree programs, and it is a pivotal time in your development as a teacher. Student teaching marks the transition from being a college student to becoming a professional educator. During this semester, you will be fully immersed in the daily work of teaching. You will participate in planning curriculum, delivering instruction, managing the classroom, and assessing student learning. You must abide by all policies and procedures outlined for faculty and staff and you must be mindful that you are a guest in the school. It is a privilege to work this closely with students.

Student teaching is a full-time, 16-week experience. The experience can be rewarding, challenging, and overwhelming – all at the same time. Please do not underestimate the full-time nature of this endeavor. If you attend to all of the duties expected of you, you will work long hours on weekdays and weekends, as well. You must have completed all of the required classes for your program before you student teach. If you hold a part-time job during your professional semester, remember that your first priority must be student teaching. This will be a very busy semester indeed.

Please be aware of the professional nature of this experience. You are no longer viewed as a college student; you are seen as a professional. You will be expected to dress and act professionally and to carry your share of responsibilities in the classroom. Your Facebook page, and other public representations of you, must be professional in every regard. Your communications with colleagues, school personnel, students, and parents must reflect your professional stature.

Admission to Student Teaching
Admission to Student Teaching is a process that confirms a teacher candidates’ intent to complete a teacher licensure program at the University of Southern Indiana in an education major or minor program.  Student teaching placements will not be requested for candidates who do not meet Admission to Student Teaching requirements. 

Applications must be submitted via the TK20 Data Management System and via paper application through the Teacher Education Office in January of the academic year prior to the academic year the candidate wishes to student teach. 

The following requirements must be met for admission to Student Teaching.  For admission to Student Teaching, a candidate must:

  • Be admitted to Teacher Education
  • Earn and maintain a USI cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Earn and maintain a USI grade point average of 2.75 or higher in all majors and minors
  • Earn a grade of C or higher in all courses in his/her degree program
  • Submit an electronic application using the TK20 system
  • Complete a paper application
  • Acquire his/her advisor’s signature on a paper application verifying that all requirements listed above are met
  • Submit a paper application to Teacher Education

Note for World Language Majors:  In addition to the requirements listed above, prior to student teaching, world language teacher candidates must:

  • Earn an A in FREN/GERM/SPAN 307 and
  • Earn a score of “advanced low” or better on the official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Applying for Student Teaching
Your student teaching application is an external document that will be shared with local principals, teachers, and other school officials. It is imperative that you follow the directions closely and meet all published deadlines. It is not possible to accommodate late applications. There are three steps in the application process: 1.) completing the Tk20 application for student teaching; 2.) completing the paper application, and 3.) submitting your paper application in person to Mrs. Nancy Martin, Coordinator of Student Teaching and Licensure (ED 3124). Your application must show school officials that you are prepared for the professional responsibility of a student teaching placement. Your brief interview with Mrs. Martin will allow us to begin the placement process for you. It is possible that you will also be interviewed by a principal or other school administrator before your student teaching placement is finalized.

1. Tk20 Application
Electronic applications via Tk20 are due by the first Friday of the spring semester, prior to the academic year in which you plan to student teach. Late applications are not accepted. The application is found by logging on to Tk20, clicking the Applications tab at the top of the page, then clicking Create on the left-hand margin. From there you will select the Student Teaching Application for Fall 2013-Spring 2014. You may complete this application on your own, without advisor approval. You may complete this without being admitted to teacher education, as long as you are certain you will be eligible to student teach in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014.

2. Paper Application
The paper application is an external document that is reviewed by school officials and your mentor teacher. The file is a locked Word form. You must download it to your computer, save it, and then open it again for it to work properly.

Be sure to print and read the directions for the application. Follow the directions carefully, and make sure your application is free from typos or other errors. You must have been admitted to teacher education, have a 2.75 GPA overall and in all teaching areas, and have advisor approval before you can submit your paper application for student teaching.

Make an appointment with your academic advisor well before the due date of the paper application. Your advisor must review and approve your application before you submit it. After your advisor has reviewed and signed, print one copy of pages A and B, three copies of page 1, page 2, and three copies of your one-page essay responses.

Note: If your application prints more than just pages A and B and 1 and 2, you have typed too much information in one or more lines. Go back and modify those responses so your application fits on just these pages.

3. Submitting the Paper Application
You may submit your application any time after the first Tuesday of the spring term. The application is due no later than the fourth Wednesday of January for last names A-M and no later than the fifth Wednesday of January for last names N-Z. Late applications will not be accepted.

Paper applications are submitted to Mrs. Nancy Martin, Coordinator of Student Teaching and Licensure.

Student Teaching Contacts

Joyce Rietman
Mrs. Joyce Rietman
Director of Advanced Clinical Experiences and CoTeaching
Contact: 812-228-5084
Education Center 3118
Nancy Martin
Mrs. Nancy Martin
Coordinator of Student Teaching and Licensure
Contact: 812-464-1812
Education Center 3124

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