Student Teaching Categories: There are two categories of student teachers in the graduate program:
1. Complete Student Teaching On The Job: Candidates who are currently teaching in an ESL or bilingual position may complete their field experience on the job during a Fall or Spring semester. [In certain situations where candidates hold full time teaching positions yet are in classrooms that do not meet the criteria for an ESL or bilingual setting, an alternative summer school placement may be an option. The Program Director will determine this on an individual basis]. If you have questions regarding the approval of your current teaching site as a possibility for field experience please contact your advisor.
2. Request Placement: Candidates who are currently not teaching must fulfill a minimum of 4 full weeks of field experience within an ESL or bilingual setting during a Fall or Spring semester period and complete their lead teaching in either the month of March or October (the 4 weeks may be spread out, part time, over the length of the semester). These candidates may not complete student teaching during the summer term. The School of Education can arrange for a student teaching placement upon a candidate’s request. [For candidates who have not held a full teaching position within two years prior to entering the program, a successful supervised practicum experience will be required prior to acceptance into student teaching. Individual arrangements and expectations for the practicum will be determined by the Program Director].