Field Work / Student Teaching

Field Work Policies

Students should review the School of Education Teacher Education Field Experience Policies and the  School of Education Student Teaching Handbook regarding programs, policies, and procedures related to field placements. Most programs also have their own separate field experience handbook. Students are responsible for knowing and complying with School and program policies and procedures.

Criminal Background Checks

School districts run criminal background checks on students placed in the district. School administrators have the authority to determine the appropriateness of a student placement and may choose not to permit a placement. See an academic dean with questions about these procedures.

Student Teaching Applications

Students in the following programs must complete a student teaching application a year in advance of their student teaching semester:  Communicative DisordersLibrary and Information Studies; Music Education; Physical Education. Special Education students will be directed by program staff to complete an application.

Tuberculin Testing

Some local school districts require a current (within 90 days of placement) TB test prior to both practicum and student teaching placements. These school districts have access to student and teacher placement information, and will contact students directly before the start of their placements regarding test result submission.  

Content Exams

Students completing professional education programs must take and pass an approved examination. Most students complete the appropriate Praxis II: Subject Assessments/Specialty Area Tests through the Educational Testing Service (ETS). World Language Education students must meet an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview requirement and must take and pass the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT).