Student Teaching - Fall 2021
The Student teaching application for Fall 2021 is now OPEN. The Fall 2021 application opened Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. CST.
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 a student 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 Office of Field Experiences & Certification. To student teach in the Fall of 2021, an online application must be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021.
- 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 as directed by the Director of Field Experiences.
- Students wanting a student teaching placement outside of Nebraska must meet with the Director of Field Experiences prior to applying for student teacher. Please contact Tylee Hanson (email@example.com) to schedule a meeting.
- Student teaching candidates are required to attend an orientation session in November Dates will be shared after the application review determines the eligibility. Students are expected to make schedule arrangements to attend an orientation or the placement will be deactivated for non-attendance.
- Dual majors (ELED/SPED) and ECSE majors need to meet with the Director of Field Experiences before applying to student teach in Alief ISD. The time required for completion and specific experiential requirements of these experiences may not work within the Alief calendar.
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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
- Cover Letter Tips
- Resume Tips
- Graduate Special Education Practicum – SpEd 896M
- Background Check Instructions
- 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.