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Applying for Student Teaching Internships

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

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 Handshake 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 Handshake 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 Education (MATSE)
Before completing the student teaching internship application requirements and process, students in the must be accepted into the  Masters of Arts in Teaching: Secondary (MATSE) 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 Handshake 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 Handshake 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. 
STEP 1:
Attend Seminar
Attend the scheduled student teacher application preparation seminar one year or more prior to your intended internship semester. 

Seminar Schedule


 

 

 


 



 

STEP 2:
Complete Application
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. 
  • 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.
  • MATSE and MATEE, Winter: Applications for Winter Student Teaching Internships must be submitted by December 1. 
CHECKLIST FOR STUDENT TEACHING

a. _____ Complete the Internship Application

b. _____  By the application deadline, submit a resume using Handshake. The body of the resume is not to exceed two pages. Career Services provides this platform at no cost to you while you are an enrolled student.  For further instructions, click here.

See sample resumes: c. _____ Look ahead to Step 3 for the interview process.

d. ______Know your requirements in Step 4 which are due just prior to your student teaching.
 _____ (Art only) Include a copy of the Professional Program Plan
 _____ (Art only) Include a copy of the signed  K-12 Art Education Acknowledgement Form 
STEP 3:
Interview
  1. access your placementThe Director of School and Field Services will submit your resume to an interested district where clusters of interns are possible.
  2. You will 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.
    • District procedures and timelines vary:
      • 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.
  3. When you receive the call or letter requesting the scheduling of an interview, respond immediately.
    • Remember to dress professionally for the interview and bring an extra copy of your resume with you.
    • Email the Director and let her know the potential cooperating teacher’s name, district, school, grade level, and when your interview is scheduled.
    •  As she is informed, the Director will update placements on-line using the Field Placement Manager.   When a change occurs, this will be posted.  Please check regularly.
    • 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 required internship seminars.
STEP 4:
Submit final forms

Before Student Teaching:

Complete the appropriate MTTC and have results sent to Oakland University

  • The Michigan Department of Education requires that you pass a basic skills before you register for student teaching.  The Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) has been replaced by the SAT.  Please contact the Advising Office if you have questions regarding testing.   If you plan to student teach in the fall, Oakland must receive passing scores by July 31st.  If you plan to student teach in the winter, Oakland must receive passing scores by November 30th.  
  • 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 MATSE 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.

Register for LiveText Via

  • All students participating in students teaching are required to purchase a LiveText Via license.  If you have already purchased a LiveText license, you will receive an email with new login credentials for Via.  If you have not already purchased a license, a link will be provided here in early August.  The recommended deadline is August 15th.    

Forms Due Prior to Student Teaching 

Fall deadline: August 15

Winter deadline:  December 1

Submit to:

Linda Dauzy
385 Pawley Hall
dauzy@oakland.edu

  1. Bloodborne Pathogens Training
    • Complete 1-2 months before Student Teaching
    • Print your final score and submit
  2. Adult and Child 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 seeking certification through OU for the initial (Provisional) teaching certificate will need to show the original card to the Office of School and Field Services prior to beginning the internship and provide a copy of the front and back from a valid provider. If you receive your certificate electronically in pdf form, you may forward it to Linda Dauzy at dauzy@oakland.edu.  
    • Cards must be valid through the time of recommendation for teacher certification  (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. The Michigan Department of Education lists the approved providers.
    • Please note:  online training will not be accepted. 
  3. Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA) Membership
    • Your SMEA membership will provide you with required Liability Insurance, per our policy
    • Insurance must last the duration of your Student Teaching internship.  Membership runs from September 1st through August 31st, and applications are accepted after June 1st.  Early application may result in the need to reapply.
    • Fall student teachers will need to show their proof of SMEA with their light blue card by August 15.  If the card has not arrived prior to the start of the internship, students can show temporary proof though giving School and Field Services a copy of the NEA member letter that indicates that the application is in process.  When your SMEA card arrives (not MEA Advantage), make a copy and bring it to Linda Dauzy. Alternatively, you can forward it to her at dauzy@oakland.edu
    • Winter student teachers should take care of this early and be able to give a copy of the light blue membership card prior to December 1. 
       

District Specific Requirements

  • Fingerprinting:  Please check with your district's administration office to confirm their requirements.  Oakland University does not need a copy of your fingerprints.
  • Substitute Teaching: Inquire with the district about substitute teaching policies and procedures.  Interns can substitute after approval from the mentor teacher, the university supervisor, the staffing company and School and Field Services.  The paperwork for this can be requested from School and Field Services.

Note:  If a student postpones his/her internship, the original forms will be necessary.  Please keep them for future use.