The Student Teaching Experience
The experience of student teaching is an essential component in the development of educators. The college faculty and staff consider it to be the “capstone” in the preparation process for teacher education.
Given its significance, a number of requirements must be met before an individual can engage in student teaching. The academic requirements, including courses of study and earned grades, are identified in the UNL Undergraduate Bulletin. Other important expectations include:
- The completion of the application to student teach submitted by the deadline established by the Offices of Field Experiences. To student teach in the Fall of 2017, an online application must be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017.
- Individuals need to contact their academic advisor to ensure that all requirements to student teach have been met.
- Individuals who apply to student teach must submit to a criminal background check prior to reporting to a school placement.
- Students wanting a student teaching placement outside of Nebraska must meet with the Director of Professional Experiences well in advance of the application deadline. Email Dr. Sara Skretta at email@example.com to schedule a meeting.
- Student teaching candidates are required to attend one of the orientation sessions below.
- Non-LPS students teachers
- Tuesday, April 25th 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Henzlik 124 OR
- Friday, April 28th 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Henzlik 53
- LPS Student Teachers
- We are working with LPS to identify the exact date of the orientation session (there will be only one). Tentative dates are Friday, August 4th or Monday August 7th.
- Dual majors (ELED/SPED) are ineligible to student teach in Alief ISD due to the time required to meet the requirements.
Student Teachers (Applications are now closed)
(applications due by February 17th for Fall 2017 placement)
Please refer to the Career Services website for additional examples of resumes and cover letters. These materials will be shared with your cooperating teacher.
PLEASE NOTE: Files may download directly to your computer so look for them in your downloads folder.
- Student Teaching Handbook
- Dates to Remember
- Cover Letter Tips
- Resume Tips
- Graduate Special Education Practicum – SpEd 896M
- Background Check Instructions
- Student Teaching in Houston, TX - Alief ISD Q&A
- Student Teaching in Houston, TX - Spring Branch ISD Q&A
- Great Plains IDEA Certification Checklist
Practicum experiences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln consist of all pre-student teaching field experiences that are a part of each professional education program. They may occur as introductory experiences in the early stages of a program or may be a part of a methods experience. Therefore, the requirements for each practicum can vary on the basis of when they are offered in one's program sequence and are influenced by the grade level and endorsement subject area of the student's program.
As students progress through different practicum experiences, the requirements become more rigorous. Students must dress and behave in a professional manner at all times. They are expected to use good judgment and common sense. Finally, they are expected to grow professionally and to improve their skills as educators. Students are encouraged to meet with their respective advisor for more specific information as to the nature of each practicum.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours in a PreK-12 school setting as part of their practicum experience(s). As part of the 100 hours, 40 hours must be spent in schools offering culturally diverse experiences.