About Student Teaching
Student Teaching is the Capstone Project that allows you, after successfully completing the semester, to apply for your Teaching License in the State of Ohio. This is typically done in Phase 4 of your program. All coursework from your Program Plan needs to be completed prior to being eligible to Student Teach. (See criteria to be eligible to Student Teach.)
Student Teaching is considered to be the most important and challenging component of your teacher prep program. It is a 16-week “professional internship.” Student Teaching requires a large time commitment from you. You will need to begin to think about how you will manage all your personal responsibilities and commitment during this time. During your professional internship you will be required to report to your assigned school placement Monday through Friday during the required hours your mentor teacher is required to be there. This typically is 8 hours a day. Expect to spend time in the evenings and on the weekends to reflect, plan and prepare for future instruction.
The objective of Student Teaching is to provide experiences where students seeking licensure can effectively demonstrate skills in each of the following areas:
- Planning and Preparation
- The Classroom and School Environment
- Engaging students in meaningful instruction
- Professional Responsibilities
- Professional Dispositions
- Behavior Management
Teacher Candidate Placement Policy
With a move to a Clinical Model and new CAEP Accreditation Standards, all Student Teaching placements are made within a 50-mile radius from the main campus at The University of Akron.
Teacher Candidates will be placed in local school districts with which we have developed partnerships and which meet the criteria for each Teacher Candidate’s licensure area. We also take into consideration where Teacher Candidates have completed their Field work. We work to ensure that each Teacher Candidate receives experience in diverse settings within their College of Education experiences. These partner schools can be public, private or charter schools, as long as they are accredited by the State of Ohio.
The University of Akron will request an appropriate Teacher Candidate placement during the semester prior to Student Teaching. (See criteria to be eligible to student teach.)
A student teacher is not permitted to student teach in the same school district where he/she is employed, where relatives are employed, where their children are attending, or from which he/she has graduated within the last 10 years.
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from their assigned school placement.
To be eligible to student teach, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be admitted to the College of Education.
- Completion of all program requirements.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 or above.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 or above in your content area(s).
- In your professional education coursework you cannot have a grade below a C. Any Professional educational coursework with a C- or below must be retaken.
- Passing scores on all of your content areas for the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE).
- Passing OAE scores turned in to the Office of Student Teaching by the required deadline.
- Clean FBI and BCI report.
- Submission of completed student teaching application by required deadline.
- Approval from the Student Teaching committee.
Preparing to Student Teach
The submission deadline for Spring 2018 student teaching applications is October 2, 2017.
The placement meeting for Spring 2018 student teachers is December 7, from 4:00-5:00 pm in Zook 108. See the Date Organizer below for important dates if you are preparing to student teach in Spring 2018.
|December 7, 2017||
|January 11, 2018||Pre-Student Teaching Meeting
Zook Hall, Room 108
|January 16, 2018||Placement begins|
|March 8, 2018||All Licensure Areas: Midterm Evaluation|
|March 29, 2018||edTPA submissions for ALL subject areas DUE|
|May 6, 2018||OAE APK submission deadline|
|May 11, 2018||Last day of Student Teaching
Final Evaluation completed
|May 11, 2018||Last day of Student Teaching - Semester end|
|May 18, 2018||Final mileage due (University Supervisors only)|
Orientation Meeting for Fall 2018 Student Teaching
Attending an orientation meeting is a requirement for students planning to Student Teach in the Fall 2018. Students MUST attend one of these sessions for information related to student teaching in the Fall 2018. Please check back prior to these days in case the times and/or building locations were changed due to unforeseen circumstances.
|Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017||8:30 - 10:00 am||Zook 101|
|Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017||11:00 am - 12:30 pm||Zook 101|
|Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017||2:00 - 3:30 pm||Zook 103|
|Friday, Dec. 8, 2017||3:00 - 4:30 pm||Zook 101|