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  • Student Teaching Information

    The Student Teaching Application can be found in TK20. Directions for Completing Student Teaching Application in Tk20.

    Application Due Dates

    • Spring semester student teaching: October 1
    • Fall semester student teaching: February 15

    Application Requirements
    All students must be admitted to SARTE to be eligible for student teaching.

    1. Student teachers must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Early Childhood, Elementary & SPED) or 2.5 (Secondary and K/12) at the time of application. We will not be able to wait until the end of the semester to see if a student is going to be able to raise her/his GPA.

      If the GPA falls below the required minimum after the application is received, student teaching will be deferred to a semester in which the GPA is at or above minimum requirements.
    2. All courses required for the major must be completed or in progress at the time of application. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses required for the major.

      If a student receives a grade below C- during the application semester, the course will need to be repeated and student teaching postponed. The student or advisor will notify the Field Experiences Office, as soon as possible, if this should happen.
    3. Successful previous field experiences must be documented. If a student has an unsuccessful field experience the semester before student teaching, the Field Experiences Office may postpone student teaching.
    4. Evidence of positive professional dispositions must be documented. This is part of the Student Teaching Application in TK20.

    Completion of Student Teaching Orientation and attendance at the University Supervisor Meeting are also required. Dates for these two events will be communicated to students through email.

    Contact Lynn Mahlum with questions.

    Options Available to Student Teachers

    Placements in the immediate area

    Moorhead, Fargo, West Fargo, Casselton, Dilworth, Glyndon, Hawley, Barnesville

    Placements outside the immediate area but not considered “out of the area.”

    Lake Park/Audubon, Detroit Lakes, Perham, Frazee, Wahpeton, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Ada, Mahnomen, must be within 60 miles of Moorhead.

    Out of the area placements

    Placements considered “out of the area” are more than 60 miles outside of Moorhead. Special permission plus an extra fee are required. See Lynn Mahlum at least one semester before student teaching if you need a placement in an area that is more than 60 miles from Moorhead.

    Aldine, TX

    Aldine, Texas is 15 miles north of Houston. Preschool-Grade 12 options are available. This is a very diverse school district, and has been recognized nationally for student achievement and academic performance. See Lynn Mahlum one year prior to student teaching if you are interested in Aldine.

    Student Teaching Abroad

    We have several sites available for student teaching abroad: Switzerland, Austria, South Africa, Australia, Norway and Greece. See Lynn Mahlum one year prior to student teaching if you are interested in Student Teaching Abroad.