Student Teaching Requirement

Preparing for Student Teaching

The student should begin to prepare for the student teaching experience early in his or her academic career. Advancement to daily student teaching responsibilities is limited to students who have met all requirements:

Prerequisites to Student Teaching

All students applying to student teaching must be admitted into the USD credential program.

Before applying to student teach, the student must:

  • Take the CBEST and submit original passing results to the Credential Analyst
  • Complete a Criminal Background Check through the Credential Analyst
  • Determine if he or she meets the subject-matter requirements through an approved program or through testing and submit all passing test results (CSET, MSAT, SSAT, and/or PRAXIS) to the Credential Analyst

Before starting to student teach, the student must:

  • Successfully complete all other coursework (graduate students on a one year program may take one course during student teaching)
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 and C- or better in upper division courses (undergraduates) OR have a GPA of 3.0 (graduate students)
  • Receive a grade of B- or better in all credential courses
  • Successfully complete both methods course practicums

In addition, it is suggested the student:

  • Obtain a Tuberculosis Screening to provide the placement site administrator
  • Obtain Professional Liability Insurance from a source such at the California Teachers Association (recommended)

Applying to Student Teach

There is a mandatory preliminary meeting each Fall and each Spring for students applying to student teach during the following semester. The dates for these meetings are mid-October for Spring student teaching and mid-March for Fall student teaching, and are announced three to four weeks before the meeting. Applications for Student Teaching are obtained from the Director of Field Experiences at that meeting. Special education student teaching requires a meeting with Coordinator of Special Education and completion of a special education application form prior to submitting the Director of Field Experiences paperwork.

Student teacher placements are made within most San Diego County school districts. Placement preferences are taken into consideration, but cannot always be honored. The most important consideration in the placement process is providing experiences with competent, professional cooperating teachers in school settings that will support student learning. Students receive their placements at a mandatory placement meeting the week before student teaching begins.

Special Education

Please note that Special Education internships and student teaching have additional requirements. You should contact Dr. Jerry Ammer at (619) 260-4292 for more information. Student teaching guidelines are detailed in Special Education Student Teaching Guide.

Student Teaching Seminar

During the student teaching semester, the student teacher is required to attend all Student Teaching Seminars. The exact dates of these seminars will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

The Student Teaching Experience

Student teaching is a full-time experience that lasts for one semester. The length of a semester matches the calendar of the district not the university. The university supervisor is the link for both the student teacher and the co-operating teacher with the university. The supervisor makes formal observations throughout the semester, providing feedback and formative evaluation, and, with the co-operating teacher, prepares and conducts midterm and final evaluations.

Guidelines for Student Teacher

If you are preparing to student teach, please review the Student Teacher Handbook for more information.

Guidelines for Co-Operating Teachers and University Supervisor

If you are a Co-Operating Teacher or University Supervisor, please review the Guidelines for Co-Operating Teacher or University Supervisor section of the Student Teacher Handbook.

Special Education Practicum - Student Teaching

Education Specialist candidates must meet additional requirements for their student teaching as follows:

  • CSET in multiple subject content area must be passed prior to approval for student teaching.
  • In additional to filing for student teaching with the Director of Professional Services all education specialist students requesting admission to student teaching must complete the midpoint Education Specialist Electronic Portfolio and complete the additional information sheet Special Education Request for Student Teaching Form prior to submitting admission request to Director of Field Experiences. Please review the Special Education Student Teaching Guide for additional information regarding special education field work and student teaching.

PACT Teaching Event

The focus of the PACT Teaching Event is on K-12 student learning. In the Teaching Event, teacher candidates show the strategies they use to make subject matter accessible to students, and how they support students in learning. They explain the thinking underlying their teaching decisions and analyze the strategies they use to connect students with the content they are teaching. They examine the effects of instructional design and teaching practices on student learning, with particular attention to students with diverse cultural, language, and socio-economic backgrounds and learning needs.