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Applying for Student Teaching Internships

The culminating course for education majors is the Student Teaching Internship. This experience serves as the capstone course. It entails a full semester assignment to a school district and cooperating teacher. This assignment is for full days, every day. (STEP also includes a half day, every day assignment for the semester prior to the full time internship.)  During this time period, your schedule is determined by the calendar of the district to which you are assigned. You begin when they begin, and have vacations when theirs are scheduled.

All placements for the student teaching internship will require an interview with the cooperating teacher prior to the beginning of the final field placement.   It is highly suggested that you spend at least a half day in the teacher's classroom before accepting the assignment to make sure this is a good placement for you.  The placements must be arranged through the Director of School and Field Services since that is the agreement made with districts.

If you need to postpone your student teaching for any reason, please let the Director of School and Field Services know right away.  You will be required to reapply.

During your student teaching internship, you will have a student teacher supervisor who help guide you from Oakland University. You will communicate with the supervisor at least weekly, sharing a reflection about your work. He or she will make five or more visits to the classroom and talk with you and your cooperating teacher about what was observed.  Take time to learn from your supervisor's experience.
KNOW YOUR
REQUIREMENTS
STEP 1:
ATTEND SEMINAR
STEP 2:
COMPLETE APPLICATION
STEP 3:
INTERVIEW
STEP 4:
SUBMIT FINAL FORMS

Elementary Education

Because our elementary student teachers have a potential year-long placement, you will be expected to be ready to meet with the Director of School and Field Services one year ahead of your proposed student teaching semester to go over the requirements for student teaching. The potential yearlong placement, which is your final field assignment arranged with your potential cooperating teacher for your student teaching placement, requires that you interview with your potential cooperating teacher for your final 42-hour field placement. This interview will be arranged for you during the semester prior to your final field placement.

EED455 must be taken in the final semester of one’s degree program. Admission criteria for the internship are: 

  • Satisfactory grade point average and minimum required grades 
  • Completion of all professional education course work with the minimum 2.8 GPA in each, 3.0 in EED312.
  • Completion of a minimum of 4 field placements and documentation, 2 of which are urban. 
  • Completion of all required course work for the teaching major and/or minors with appropriate grades, see program requirements.
  • Students placed in K-5 classroom must have passed the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) Elementary Education test.
  • Students placed in middle school must have passed the MTTC Elementary Education test and the MTTC Endorsement tests for their major and/or minors, thus qualifying for two endorsement areas. 

EED455 may not be repeated. A minimum grade of 2.0 in EED455 is required for graduation, a minimum grade of 2.8 for certification. Students who do not earn the minimum grade for certification can petition to earn a B.S. without certification.

Check the important dates listed under the STEP 1 tab to determine when you must meet with the Director of School and Field Services. During this meeting, you will be introduced to all placement options and restrictions, be given directions regarding obtaining access to OUCareerlink.com for your resume, and have any questions you have regarding the internship answered. Check the important dates listed on the STEP 1 tab to determine when your completed internship application must be received in the School and Field Services office. If your completed paperwork is not received by the stated date, you cannot be guaranteed placement for student teaching during your planned semester, and may need to delay student teaching completion until the following semester. 


Art Education

Art Education prepares students to be art teachers in K-12 grades.  See program requirements.

There are many steps to the major standing process.  To be admitted to major standing you will need to document 35 hours of art experiences with children.  Next, you will apply for major standing.  When you are approved, you will sign an acknowledgement form stating that you understand the guidelines of the program.  The timeline for the art program is approximately two years if you follow the suggested plan.  Please work through the professional courses before student teaching.

The culminating course for K-12 Art Education majors is AED455, Student Teaching, 12 credits. This experience entails a full semester (15 weeks) assignment to a school district and cooperating teacher. This assignment is full days, every day, for this 15- week period. During this time period, your schedule is determined by the calendar of the district to which you are assigned. You begin when they begin, and have vacations when theirs are scheduled. The intent is that you will split your internship between either: a) K-5 and Middle School or b) Middle School and High School.

K-12 Art Education student teachers will be expected to be ready to meet with the Director of School and Field Services during the fall semester one year or more ahead of your proposed student teaching semester which is often at the very start of your program. (See the attend required application seminar tab.) You will be required to interview with a potential teacher or teachers for your internship placement. This interview will be arranged for you during the semester prior to the internship.

AED455 must be taken in the final semester of one’s degree program. Admission criteria for the internship are: 

  • Satisfactory grade point average and minimum required grades 
  • Completion of all professional education course work with the minimum 2.8 GPA in each , 3.0 in EED312 or SED300
  • Completion of a minimum of 4 field placements including urban and suburban placements and documentation completed for all. 
  • Completion of all required coursework for the teaching major with appropriate grades. 
  • Students must have successfully completed the MTTC Visual Art test and have scores sent to Oakland University before the internship may commence.

AED455 may not be repeated. A minimum grade of 2.0 in AED455 is required for graduation, a minimum grade of 2.8 for certification. Students who do not earn the minimum grade will not be recommended for certification. 


Music Education
The culminating course for K-12 Music Education majors is SED455, Student Teaching, 12 credits. This experience entails a full semester (15 weeks) assignment to a school district and cooperating teacher. This assignment is full days, every day, for this 15- week period. During this time period, your schedule is determined by the calendar of the district to which you are assigned. You begin when they begin, and have vacations when theirs are scheduled. 

K-12 Music Education student teachers will be expected to be ready to meet with the Director of School and Field Services during the fall semester one year or more ahead of your proposed student teaching semester. (See the attend required application seminar tab.) You will be required to interview with a potential teacher or teachers for your internship placement. This interview will be arranged for you during the semester prior to the internship.

Oakland University music interns are expected to do internship work in elementary, middle school, and/or high school music programs for one semester full time. The exact configuration of the internship is to be worked out between the intern (reflecting their particular interests) and the cooperating teachers and district involved. In general, the intern is assigned to one music teacher in the district. The nature of the assignment is then discussed with this teacher, the SEHS Director of School and Field Services, and the district director of personnel. The parameters of the internship are determined by these individuals.

SED455 is a 12 hour course that takes place in a public school. This course cannot be repeated. 

See K-12 program requirements or learn more about Music, Theatre and Dance

Program Plans: 

Modern Languages Education and STEP

Be ready to meet with the Director, School and Field Services, in November almost one year ahead of your proposed student teaching internship to go over the requirements for student teaching. You will have an interview with your potential cooperating teacher for your student teaching placement. This interview will be arranged for you during the semester prior to your final field placement.

SED455 must be taken in the last two semesters of one’s degree program for a total of 12 credits. The credits are split between two semesters and can be split in the way that works best for the student as long as they total 12 credits. For the first semester, a grade of P for progressing will be given. This grade will be changed to the final grade when the full course is completed.

SED455 may not be repeated. A minimum grade of 2.0 in SED455 is required for graduation, a minimum grade of 2.8 for certification. Students who do not earn the minimum grade for certification can petition to earn a B.S. without certification.

Check the important dates listed under the STEP 1 tab to determine when you must meet with the Director of School and Field Services. During this meeting, you will be introduced to all placement options and restrictions, be given directions regarding obtaining access to OUCareerlink.com for your resume, and have any questions you have regarding the internship answered. Check the important dates listed on the STEP 1 tab to determine when your completed internship application must be received in the School and Field Services office. If your completed paperwork is not received by the stated date, you cannot be guaranteed placement for student teaching during your planned semester, and may need to delay student teaching completion until the following semester.


Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary (MAT)
Before completing the student teaching internship application requirements and process, students in the must be accepted into the Masters of Arts in Teaching: Secondary (MAT) by May 1 of the year students plan to start the program in the fall. 

Following acceptance into the MAT program, be ready to meet with the Director of School and Field Services in November to go over the requirements for student teaching. The application for student teaching is due on December 1. During the winter or summer I term, an interview will be arranged with a potential cooperating teacher for the student teaching placement.
TD559 must be taken in the final semester of one’s degree program. Admission criteria for the internship are: 
  • Satisfactory grade point average and minimum required grades 
  • Completion of program requirements
  • Completion of a minimum of 3 field placements and documentation. 
  • Students placed in middle school or high school must have passed the MTTC Elementary Education test and the MTTC Endorsement tests for their major and/or minors, thus qualifying for two endorsement areas. 
TD559 may not be repeated. A minimum grade of 3.0 is required for certification.

Check the important dates listed under the STEP 1 tab under "Applying for Student Teaching Internships" to determine when you must meet with the Director of School and Field Services. During this meeting, you will be introduced to all placement options and restrictions, be given directions regarding obtaining access to OUCareerlink.com for your resume, and have questions regarding the internship answered. Also note when your completed internship application must be received in the School and Field Services office. If your completed paperwork is not received by the stated date, you may need to delay student teaching completion until the following semester. 

Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (MATEE)
Before completing the student teaching internship application requirements and process, students in the must be accepted into the Masters of Arts in Teaching: Elementary (MATEE) by May 1 of the year students plan to start the program in the fall. 

Following acceptance into the MATEE program, be ready to meet with the Director of School and Field Services in November to go over the requirements for student teaching. The application for student teaching is due on December 1. During the winter or summer I term, an interview will be arranged with a potential cooperating teacher for the student teaching placement.
TD555 must be taken in the final semester of one’s degree program. Admission criteria for the internship are: 
  • Satisfactory grade point average and minimum required grades 
  • Completion of program requirements
  • Completion of a minimum of 3 field placements and documentation. 
  • Students placed in K-5 classroom must have passed the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) Elementary Education test. (Prior to certification, you must pass your major or minor MTTC)
  • Students placed in middle school must have passed the MTTC Elementary Education test and the MTTC Endorsement tests for their major and/or minors, thus qualifying for two endorsement areas. 
TD555 may not be repeated. A minimum grade of 3.0 is required for certification.

Check the important dates listed under the STEP 1 tab under "Applying for Student Teaching Internships" to determine when you must meet with the Director of School and Field Services. During this meeting, you will be introduced to all placement options and restrictions, be given directions regarding obtaining access to OUCareerlink.com for your resume, and have questions regarding the internship answered. Also note when your completed internship application must be received in the School and Field Services office. If your completed paperwork is not received by the stated date, you may need to delay student teaching completion until the following semester. 


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Attend the scheduled student teacher application preparation seminar. This is scheduled one year or more prior to your intended internship semester.  

Elementary Education


Fall 2015 Elementary Education Student Teachers

ATTEND ONE MEETING

·         Friday, September 5, 2014 Elementary Student Teacher Preparation Seminar 
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Banquet Room B

·         Friday, September 5, 2014 Elementary Student Teacher Preparation Seminar 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Banquet Room B

·         Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Elementary Student Teacher Preparation Seminar 
11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at Macomb University Center in UC1 Lecture Hall

Application due by September 30 at 4:00 p.m.



Winter 2016 Elementary Education Student Teachers
ATTEND ONE MEETING

·         Friday, October 31, 2014 Elementary Student Teacher Preparation Seminar 
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms BC

·         Friday, October 31, 2014 Elementary Student Teacher Preparation Seminar 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms BC

·         Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Elementary Student Teacher Preparation Seminar 
11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at Macomb University Center in UC1 Lecture Hall

Application due by December 1 at 4:00 p.m.

 


K-12 Art Education

Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 K-12 Art Student Teachers

 

·         Friday, October 10, 2014 Art Student Teacher Preparation Seminar 
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Pawley Hall in Room 370 located in the Advising Suite

Application due by December 1 at 4:00 p.m.


K-12 Music Education

Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 Music Student Teachers 

·         Friday, September 26, 2014 Music Student Teacher Preparation Seminar 
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Varner Hall

 

Application due by December 1 at 4:00 p.m.


STEP and K-12 Modern Language

Following acceptance into the program, you are required to attend a student teacher application seminar to hear about the STEP program and register for classes. 

ATTEND ONE MEETING

·         Monday, November 10, 2014 STEP Intern Preparation Seminar 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Pawley Hall in Room 165 Computer Lab

·         Tuesday, November 11, 2014 STEP Intern Preparation Seminar 
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Pawley Hall in Room 165 Computer Lab

Application due by December 1 at 4:00 p.m. 

 


Master of Arts in Teaching

You are required to attend a student teacher application seminar to hear about the student teaching process and how to prepare your application.


ATTEND ONE MEETING

·         Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MAT Intern Preparation Seminar 
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake, Rd., Troy, MI 48098
 in your TD501 classroom

Application due by December 1 at 4:00 p.m. 




Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education

You are required to attend a student teacher application seminar to hear about the student teaching process and how to prepare your application.

ATTEND ONE MEETING

·         Monday, October 27, 2014 MATEE Intern Preparation Seminar 
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Macomb Intermediate School District (check kiosk for room)

·         Tuesday, November 4, 2014 MATEE Intern Preparation Seminar 
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake, Rd., Troy, MI 48098 in your RDG 502 classroom

Application due by December 1 at 4:00 p.m. 




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PROCEDURE

After attending an application seminar in Step 1, complete accurately and on time, the following schedule of requirements
. Non-compliance may necessitate delaying your student teaching semester. 

When your application is complete, please bring it to Linda Dauzy in 385 Pawley Hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  If she is not in the office, it can be left with anyone in School and Field Services.
  • Elementary, Fall: Applications for Fall Student Teaching Internships must be submitted by September 30 one year in advance. 
  • Elementary, Winter: Applications for Winter Student Teaching Internships will be due by December 1 just over a year in advance.
  • K-12 Art, Fall and Winter: Applications for the Fall and Winter student teaching internships are due by December 1 just over a year in advance.
  • K-12 Music, Fall and Winter: Applications for the Fall and Winter student teaching internships are due by December 1 just over a year in advance.
  • K-12 Modern Languages: Applications for the next school year's student teaching internships are due by December 1.
  • STEP: Applications for the next school year's student teaching internships are due by December 1.
  • MAT and MATEE, Winter: Applications for Winter Student Teaching Internships must be submitted by December 1. 
CHECKLIST FOR STUDENT TEACHING

a. _____ All documents within the Internship Application Packet

b. _____ (Art and Music only) Include a copy of the MTTC basic skills test scores

c. _____ (Art only) Include a copy of the Professional Program Plan

d. _____ (Art only) Include a copy of the signed K-12 Art Education Acknowledgement form 

e. _____Submitted resume (through www.oucareerlink.com) in Career Services. This must also be up and available online by the internship application due date. The body of the resume is not to exceed two pages, with the third page to be the class completion information. You will receive directions for this at the orientation meeting. There is no cost to you to register for this service, as long as it is done when you are a current student. However, you must go to OUCareerlink.com to activate an account.

See sample resumes:

Go to: www.oucareerlink.com; click on “Students & Alumni”; Click on “REGISTER”; Fill out the correct information. Because you have already registered for this service to apply for internship placement, you will be able to update your resume and use the job search features without cost as long as you keep your account active. 

f. _____ (Optional: For Elementary Education students student teaching in the fall semester) Interested students should also complete and submit the Bloomfield Hills Collaborative School Intern Application.

ALL MATERIALS ABOVE, A-F, ARE DUE ON THE APPLICATION DUE DATE. THEY MUST COME IN AS A COMPLETE PACKET.



g. _____ Look ahead to Step 3 for the interview process.

h. ______Know your requirements in Step 4 which are due just prior to your student teaching.


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access your placementThe Director of School and Field Services will submit your resume to an interested district where clusters of interns are possible.  You should expect to be contacted to interview with the teacher and/or principal during late October-November or February through June, as districts indicate their readiness to proceed. You must have a voice mail or answering machine functioning at this time so that they can call you and let you know of interview times. Please make sure that you have a professional message that greets them. You will not all be called for interviews at the same time. Different districts have varying procedures and timelines.
  • Some cooperating teachers will call you directly to schedule an interview.
  • Others will send you a letter or E-mail requiring that you call to schedule the interview.
  • Others will have the OU Director E-mail or call you to tell you of the interview request. 
Be prepared to respond to whatever method they use. Interviews will vary from very informal meetings with the prospective teacher to formal interviews conducted by the principal.  It is suggested that you observe the classroom for a half day if possible to see if this is a good match for you.

When you receive the call or letter requesting the scheduling of an interview, respond immediately. Then:
  1. Remember to dress professionally for the interview and bring an extra copy of your resume with you.
  2. Email the Director and let her know the potential cooperating teacher’s name, district, school, grade level, and when your interview is scheduled.
  3. Director will update placements on-line using the on-line placement notification system, as she is informed about interviews. When a change occurs, this will be posted so you should check this regularly.
  4. Once written verification of your placement has been received from the district and supervisors have been assigned, this information will also be posted to the online notification system as well. Check the schedule on the website for the date, time, location of your internship orientation seminar.


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The following forms are due prior to student teaching.  If you are starting in the fall, the due date is August 15.  For winter,  forms are due on December 1.  Our office assistant, Linda Dauzy, will collect them in 385 Pawley Hall.  Her phone number is 248-370-3060.   Her e-mail is dauzy@oakland.edu.


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    CPR and First Aid Certification

    HB 4038 of 2004 requires newly certified teachers in Michigan to possess a valid certificate of course completion for first aid training that includes adult and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This training may be from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association or a course accepted by Michigan Department of Education. Online courses are not acceptable. Learning first aid and CPR requires demonstration and practice.

    Each individual certified through OU for the initial (Provisional) teaching certificate will need to provide the Office of School and Field Services with a copy of the front and back of his/her valid American Red Cross or American Heart Association course completion card and show the original card prior to beginning the internship. It must be valid through the time of recommendation for certification as a teacher, about two months following student teaching or renewed as needed when certification takes place.

    Any individual with physical limitations that make it impractical to obtain this certification must also provide the Office of School and Field Services with medical documentation of the limitation.

    You can find the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association training times and locations by accessing their respective websites. CPR courses are also offered through the School of Nursing.  The Michigan Department of Education lists other approved providers


    Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA) Membership or Liability Insurance

    Students must show proof of SMEA membership or liability insurance. You can find their website at SMEA.  You need to apply for the school year you will be student teaching in late July or early August. Fall student teachers will need to show their proof of SMEA through a bank statement, cancelled check, or a credit card statement by August 15. When your SMEA card arrives (not MEA Advantage), please make a copy for us and bring it to 385 Pawley Hall. Winter student teachers should take care of this early and be able to give a copy of the membership card prior to December 1. See policy.  


    Complete the appropriate MTTC and have results sent to Oakland University

                Elementary student teachers and MATEE must pass the Elementary MTTC prior to student teaching.  
                Elementary student teachers and MATEE teaching in middle school must also pass their major and minor MTTC.
                STEP and MAT student teachers must pass their major and minor MTTC before beginning their internship.
                Art and music student teachers must pass their major MTTC prior to student teaching.
                

    THROUGH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WHERE YOU ARE PLACED, YOU WILL LIKELY NEED TO BE FINGERPRINTED. 
    Please check with your district's administration office to see what their requirements are for you.  Oakland University does not need a copy of your fingerprints.

    If you plan to sign up for substitute teaching, make sure you find out their process for this as well.
    You can substitute after all of their substitute company's paperwork is completed and all parties at Oakland University and the building have agreed to have you substitute, sometime after your supervisor observes you.  The paperwork for this is on the forms page of student teaching. 



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