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Student Teaching

All candidates for recommendation of certification as a teacher are required to complete a student teaching placement in the area of their academic preparation and at the level for which certification is being sought. Students in elementary, secondary, and K-12 programs are required to complete, successfully, up to 12 semester hours of student teaching.

Students in special education areas (emotionally impaired, hearing impaired, cognitive impaired, physically or otherwise health impaired, and visually impaired) are required to fulfill up to 6 semester hours of student teaching in general education and an additional 10 semester hours of student teaching in their area of specialization.

Students desiring certification in early childhood education are required to fulfill up to 8 semester hours of student teaching at the elementary level and an additional 4 semester hours of student teaching at the pre-kindergarten level.

  • Applications

    Applications for student teaching should be completed in accordance with the following schedule:

    • Fall student teaching: by the previous January 15.
    • Winter student teaching: by the previous June 15.
    • Summer student teaching: by the previous January 15 (certified teachers only).

    Applications will be accepted after the deadline, however placement priority is given to those students who file in accordance with the deadline dates and it is rarely possible to provide placements for those who apply late.

    Student teaching eligibility is based on many factors. The major factors include:

    • Overall GPA, major GPA and minor at EMU
    • Grades in professional education classes, including methods classes taught outside of the College of Education, at EMU
    • Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program at EMU
    • Grades in specified general education courses (based on program admission requirements)
    • Ability to complete remaining courses and field experiences before student teaching
    • Any kind of probation, administrative or academic
    • Criminal/Civil Conviction Issues
    • Meeting academic, moral, social, or emotional requirement

    Applications & Forms