It is our hope that this will provide the information you need as you prepare to apply for student teaching. You will find important items, deadlines, suggestions, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to documents to guide you through this process. The actual application packet for student teaching will be given to you at the August 22, 2014, Part II Meeting (3-4:30 p.m.).
NOTE: THE APPLICATION MEETING FOR TEACHER ED IS SEPARATE FROM STUDENT TEACHING.
The complete student teaching application is due by Friday, September 19, 2014; the information below will facilitate meeting that deadline. You are welcome to turn in your application before the deadline as long as it is complete.
1. PLACE/PRAXIS II Content Exam score received by Sept. 19 (special ed exam not due at this time)
2. Academic Background Summary and Résumé emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 29
3. Application submitted by Sept. 19
Please request a copy of your score during the time frame that it is available. You must provide documentation of a passing score on the appropriate content exam; please include a copy with your application. We recommend that you electronically save your score report since you will need this to apply for your teaching license. If you do not have a copy of your score, you can also print your pass/fail test results from the Colorado Department of Education website listed below. Please check the PLACE or Praxis websites early so you can meet the application deadline since not all tests are offered on each date. If you have not registered for a test, you should do so now. Our office cannot accept your application without your passing test score; late scores delay your request for student teaching placement.
Email to email@example.com with the following in the subject line:
Spring 2015 Student Teaching ______ (INSERT YOUR NAME)
Please email from your MSU Denver email account.
Districts, administrators, and cooperating teachers are interested in knowing what classes you have taken and what kind of student you are. Transcripts and CAPP reports are too lengthy for schools to review quickly. The idea is to provide a snapshot of your academic career.
You do not need to list every course you have taken.
Education licensure courses are your educational courses and content area courses are the courses that you took in your major. Examples of education licensure courses would be Educational Technology, methods classes, and Field Experiences.
If you are a secondary student teacher, you should list your content area, i.e., Social Studies, English, Math, etc.
If you are a K-12 student teacher, please indicate Art, Music, or P. E.
Do not list the course number such as EDU 3610, PSY 1800, etc. Please use the title of the class; abbreviations are fine, such as Edu. Tech. The title needs to fit on one line.
Yes, courses taken the semester prior to student teaching should be listed IP as courses in progress.
Yes, your education licensure courses should be listed on the left-hand side. All content area courses should be listed on the right-hand side. These are generally courses from your undergraduate degree. Please list the grade that you received at the previous institution. Remember you do not need to list every course you have taken, but try to give the principal a picture of your academic background.
List the actual title of the course and the grade you received; do not list T. You do not need to indicate in any way that the course was transferred.
You should include courses in math, English, social studies, science, and the fine arts. Courses listed should show a broad general studies background.
Draft this section as a short paragraph of about 9 lines which should address your philosophy of education and reason for choosing teaching as a career. It should fit into the space provided in the academic background summary. Do not submit as a separate document. Make sure you use spellcheck and review for grammatical errors before saving it in the academic background summary. Spellcheck does not work in the academic background summary form, so we suggest starting the process as a draft in a Word document. Principals have denied placements because of grammar and spelling errors.
Please review the sample résumé; undergrads/Master's students should include the anticipated date of graduation and licensure; post-bac students should include the anticipated date of licensure.
Include practicum/field experiences.
If you have not taken the content exam, do not list your score as pending; the content exam score does not need to be listed since all student teachers must have a passing score.
Please remember the audience who will be reading your résumé; focus on educational experiences. It is OK to include past work experience emphasizing transferable skills and highlighting work and educational experiences with children; however, it is not necessary to list all work experience.
Career Services can provide help with preparing your résumé. Call 303-556-3664 for information.
The Academic Background Summary must be one page; the résumé can be a maximum of two pages. Principals and cooperating teachers consider these reasonable lengths for review.
Remember that administrators reading these documents will be deciding if they want you as a student teacher in their school. Content is important; however, spelling and punctuation are also critical. If you feel you need assistance in the content of your writing, please contact the Writing Center at 303-556-6070.
We will contact you ONLY if we have questions or suggestions for revisions regarding your documents.
We are unable to accept any part of your application separately. Only complete applications will be accepted (including passing score test results and Academic Background Summary and résumé).
The GPA requirement for student teaching is 2.75 cumulative over all licensure coursework. Courses required for licensure are listed on the GPA Calculation Form and must be passed with a grade of C or better. These requirements must be met before your application can be accepted. You should be tracking your progress as you meet with your education advisor using the electronic GPA form. This form is not required for Master's students.
Secondary/K12 licensure students – The worksheets will calculate your overall licensure GPA as well as your required content area coursework GPA on the same form. Both GPAs must be 2.75 or higher upon application to student teaching and have signatures from both your education and content advisors.
The handbook is available on our website and will provide answers to questions about all aspects of the student teaching process including responsibilities for cooperating teachers. If prospective cooperating teachers have questions about their responsibilities, you can refer them to the handbook online at the link below. The handbook is updated each summer.
2013-2014 Student Teaching Handbook (PDF 399 KB)
This mandatory meeting will be held Friday, August 22, 2014, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. usually in North Classroom 1130. Application packets will be available at the meeting site. Check the website for updates or changes. Application materials and instructions, including the Academic Background Summary and résumé will be discussed at this meeting. You do not need to bring a hard copy of your Academic Background Summary and résumé. The student teaching calendar is available online at the link below. Please mark your calendar now.
Professional Organizations (PDF 31 KB)
Please check the Teacher Education website for updates as there may be some new scholarships/grants.
The Scholarship Office is the offical contact for applying for scholarships.
Please review these positive answers to many student teaching questions.
YES (PDF 19 KB)
West Classroom 136E.