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Spring 2015 Student Teaching Part I Online Information

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.

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION SO YOU ARE AWARE OF DEADLINES AND SUGGESTIONS FOR RESEARCHING SCHOOLS FOR STUDENT TEACHING PLACEMENTS!

Deadlines


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 studentteach@msudenver.edu by Aug. 29
3. Application submitted by Sept. 19

PLACE/PRAXIS II EXAMS

DEADLINE: TEST SCORE MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPTEMBER 19, 2014, AND SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION. YOU SHOULD PLAN TO TAKE THE EXAM THIS SUMMER.


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.

  • CDE Website
    You can access content exam results on this website.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND SUMMARY AND RESUME

DEADLINE FOR EMAILING DOCUMENTS: AUGUST 29, 2014

Email to studentteach@msudenver.edu with the following in the subject line: 
Spring 2015 Student Teaching ______ (INSERT YOUR NAME)
Please email from your MSU Denver email account.

Q & A

  • What is the purpose of the Academic Background Summary?

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.

  • What is the difference between an education licensure course and a content area course?

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. 

  • How do I list my licensure area on the Academic Background Summary?

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.

  • How do I list the course titles?

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.

  • Do I list courses that I am currently taking?

Yes, courses taken the semester prior to student teaching should be listed IP as courses in progress.

  • If I am a master's or post-bac student, do I include courses from my undergraduate institution?

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.

  • How do I list transfer courses?

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.

  • If I am an elementary, early childhood, or special education licensure candidate, what courses should I include under content?

You should include courses in math, English, social studies, science, and the fine arts. Courses listed should show a broad general studies background.  

  • What are some suggestions regarding the philosophy of education and reason for choosing teaching as a career on the academic background summary?

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.

  • What are some suggestions regarding the résumé?

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.

  • How long can these documents be?

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.

  • BE SURE TO HAVE SOMEONE PROOFREAD YOUR DOCUMENTS

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.

  • Will I hear from the Student Teaching Office after I have submitted the Academic Background Summary and Résumé?

We will contact you ONLY if we have questions or suggestions for revisions regarding your documents. 
           

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

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).

GPA REQUIREMENT FOR STUDENT TEACHING


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.

Licensure GPA Forms

STUDENT TEACHING HANDBOOK


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 1,444 KB)

STUDENT TEACHING MEETING PART II

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. 

Spring 2015 Student Teaching Calendar

Additional Items:

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Professional Organizations (PDF 31 KB)

HOW TO RESEARCH SCHOOLS FOR STUDENT TEACHING

  • When you submit your application, you will list three choices where you would like to student teach.
  • Research the schools and districts on the district and school websites.
  • Talk informally to teachers where you are doing your practicum.
  • The Student Teaching Office has a list of highly recommended cooperating teachers and a list of schools interested in having student teachers.  We update these lists each semester, but teachers move and retire so please check school websites for the latest information.
  • If you list a cooperating teacher, please check the school's website to make sure the teacher is still at the school you are requesting; you should also provide the correct spelling of the teacher's first and last names and the teacher's school email address.
  • District placement policies regarding school contacts will be given to you at the Part II Meeting and when you submit your application.
  • The Student Teaching Office will make the formal request for placement, but you can informally discuss student teaching with a school where you are completing your practicum.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Please check the Teacher Education website for updates as there may be some new scholarships/grants.

Teacher Education Website regarding scholarships

The Scholarship Office is the offical contact for applying for scholarships.

YES

Please review these positive answers to many student teaching questions.

YES (PDF 19 KB)

CALENDAR FOR SPRING 2015 STUDENTS

Spring 2015 Student Teaching Calendar

HOW DO I CONTACT THE STUDENT TEACHING OFFICE?


West Classroom 136E.
303-556-2652
Email: studentteach@msudenver.edu

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