School and Field Services

Pawley Hall, Room 385
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3060
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Student Teaching Internships

The Student Teaching Internship serves as the capstone course for all initial certification programs. It entails a full semester assignment to a school district and mentor teacher. This assignment is full days, every day. During this time period, the student schedule is determined by the calendar of the district to which he/she is assigned. Students begin when the mentor teachers begin, and have vacations when theirs are scheduled.

All placements for the student teaching internship will require an interview with the mentor teacher prior to the beginning of the final field placement. The placements must be arranged through the Director of School and Field Services since that is the arrangement that has been made with districts. Generally, students have their final field placement with their potential mentor teacher for the internship the following semester.


During your student teaching internship, you have the opportunity to work with a cooperating teacher who will model expectations for you. You will gradually take over the classroom one subject at a time and teach independently for five weeks.

To continue to improve, talk about what went well and ways to overcome areas that didn’t go as well as you had hoped. The relationship with your cooperating teacher is critical to your internship. Put suggestions into practice right away. Learn what you need to stop doing and what you need to do more in order to be successful.

Remember to be prepared with lesson plans by Thursday of the week prior to student teaching. Do your best to stay at school until all materials are prepared for the following day. Participate in the school setting as a teacher would during your internship.


During your student teaching internship, you will have a supervisor from Oakland University to help guide you. You will communicate with your supervisor at least weekly, sharing a reflection about your work. During seminars, you will have time to talk with your supervisor. Five or more visits to the classroom will be made by your supervisor. He or she will talk with you about what they observed and will talk with your cooperating teacher as well. Take time to learn from your supervisor’s experience and incorporate suggestions that are shared.

Seminar Information

Final Forms Due (See Applications Step 4: Submit Final Forms)

Fall Student Teachers: August 15
Winter Student Teachers: December 1

View the current Seminar Calendar.

Large Group Seminars

Student teachers will meet together on campus with supervisors and School and Field Services.

Small Group Seminars

Student teachers will meet with their supervisors during the semester using the schedule and location provided by the supervisor.

Substitute Teaching Seminars

If your internship district uses PESG or EDUStaff, you may attend any PESG or EDUStaff meeting. Seminars held on campus are for your convenience.


Exit and Certification Requirements

Complete these online forms at least two days prior to culminating seminar:

At culminating seminar:

  • Bring your portfolio for feedback. If it is digital, please bring a device that will help you showcase your experiences.
  • Complete the Acknowledgement Form for Michigan Department of Education.
  • Learn about applying for certification.