Applying to Student Teach

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 things like courses of study and grades to be achieved, are identified in the UN-L Undergraduate Bulletin. Some other important expectations include:

  • An application to student teach must be submitted. Applications to student teach during the fall semester are due into the Office of Field Experiences by March 1; applications for student teaching in the spring are due by September 23rd.

  • 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 review as a component of the application process.

  • Anyone seeking an opportunity to student teach outside of Nebraska must meet with the Director of Professional Experiences well in advance of the application deadline. Email Dr. Sara Skretta at to schedule a meeting.

  • Upon acceptance into the student teaching experience, individuals must attend an orientation session conducted by the Office of Field Experiences.

Completing the application requires individuals to submit both the general application form and the appropriate addendum. Early in each semester and in advance of the deadline for submission, meetings are conducted at which application materials are distributed. However, individuals can elect to print copies of the general application and appropriate addendum by choosing from this list.

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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.