The Student Teaching Experience
The Student Teacher Application process for a Spring 2018 placement is now closed.
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 & Certification. To student teach in the Spring of 2018, an online application must be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 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 Certification Officer, Dr. Sara Skretta, well in advance of the application deadline. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting.
- Student teaching candidates are required to attend an orientation session in December. Dates will be shared with those students who qualify for a placement by Oct. 1. Students are expected to make arrangements with their schedule to attend an orientation and a placement will be deactivated for non-attendance.
- Dual majors (ELED/SPED) are eligible to student teach in Alief ISD in the spring. Due to the time required for completion, it should be noted that the student teaching placement will not conclude until after graduation. Students are expected to complete their full placement in the Alief district.
Student Teacher Application
Early Childhood - Inclusive Student Teachers (Undergraduate students only) PART 2 OF APPLICATION (Applications are now closed for Spring 2018)
Deaf Hard of Hearing Student Teachers APPLY HERE
applications must be receive no later than 8 weeks prior to desired student teaching start date
ELL Internship Application APPLY HERE
(applications are now open for Spring 2018 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.