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Teacher Candidates

Preparing to Student Teach Meetings – Mandatory Meeting

All teacher candidates must attend a Preparing to Student Teach meeting two semesters before student teaching. For example, a teacher candidate who would like to student teach in Spring 2018 attends Preparing to Student Teach in Spring 2017. A candidate who would like to student teach in Fall 2018 attends a meeting in Fall 2017. A Preparing to Student Teach meeting addresses the application process for student teaching, requirements and deadlines, and the policies and expectations as they relate to student teaching.


Preparing to Student Teach – Mandatory Meeting Schedule

Candidates Planning to Student Teach in Spring 2018

Dates: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 or Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Horace Mann, Room 193

Candidates Planning to Student Teach in Fall 2018

Dates: TBD


Student Teaching Requirements and Due Dates for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 and Fall 2018

Teacher candidates have several requirements to complete prior to student teaching. Some are for the Office of Partnerships and Placements and others are for individual departments/programs. All requirements must meet the due dates, if a teacher candidate is to be approved for student teaching. Student teaching placements will not be secured for candidates who have not fulfilled all of the requirements by the specified deadlines.

This summer is the perfect time for spring 2018 and fall 2018 student teachers to take their required Praxis tests. Spring 2018 student teachers will need all tests passed and submitted by October 13, 2017. This means teacher candidates need to finish testing by mid-September to meet the October 13 deadline. Please note that some programs require Praxis scores prior to Practicum. Students must submit by the earlier date.

Fall 2018 student teachers will need all tests passed and submitted by February 28, 2018. The February deadline for the Office of Partnerships and Placements is earlier than in past years. Please note that some programs require Praxis scores prior to Practicum. Students must submit by the earlier date.

Fall 2018 requirements and due dates will be posted in fall 2017. Please note: All required Praxis tests must be submitted by February 28, 2018.


Office of Partnerships & Placements Requirements

Requirements Where to turn in Due Dates
(if teaching in spring '18)
Due Dates
(if teaching in fall '17)
Student Teaching Application/td> MyRIC April 12 – May 26, 2017 October 3-December 2, 2016
Valid BCI results Horace Mann, Room 102 August 21 – September 1, 2017 February 20 - March 3, 2017
Community service requirement Online report October 13, 2017 or sooner May 12, 2017 or sooner

Adobe PDFPraxis Tests and Scores
Adobe PDFPraxis General Information
Praxis Policy and Appeal for Extension

Online October 13, 2017 or sooner May 12, 2017 or sooner
Diverse Field Experience Survey Online October 13, 2017 or sooner May 12, 2017 or sooner
Student teaching permit for RIDE email instructions will be sent Early november Mid-July 2017
BCI – update (if needed) Horace Mann – Rm 102 N/A July 17-28, 2017

Department & Program Requirements

Requirements Where to turn in When
Unofficial RIC transcript (reflects all program courses completed, no incompletes, overall GPA, Content GPA ) Hard copy to your department Check with the department
Observation & Progress Report (OPR-PR) Practicum instructor Check with practicum instructor
Disposition evaluation (check with program) Online Check with practicum instructor
Teacher Candidate Mini-Work Sample (TCMWS) Practicum instructor Check with practicum instructor
Program requirements (i.e. portfolio, additional lesson plans, etc.) Your department Check with the department



Student Teaching Application

  • Before you can apply to student teach, you must be Admitted to FSEHD, and have met prerequisites for practicum courses. Check your transcript to be sure that your education program appears and that it does not say, "IM".
  • Attend a Preparing to Student Teach meeting. Attendance is taken and student or photo id must be presented. If you do not attend, your placement may be delayed for a semester.
  • Apply to Student Teach. Apply online by the deadline provided in the student teaching requirement grid. The application deadline is firm. Extensions will only be granted in emergency situations and for a limited time. Contact Joan Ford, Director of Partnerships and Placements for more information jford@ric.edu.

Steps to Apply to Student Teach Online

  • Log into MyRIC and click on “FSEHD APPL Student Teach”
  • Complete the form. You will be asked to request a placement. Please know that you cannot be placed in a district where you were employed, where you attended school as a student, or where you have close family members attending school or working. Applicants should talk with program advisors before requesting placements. We do not guarantee placement in your requested school or district.
  • For dual placements use the "+" option to enter your second placement request.
  • Submit your completed form!
Special Note: PK-12 programs (art, health education, music, physical education, technology) allow student teachers in either fall or spring semesters; some secondary education programs (English, mathematics, science, Spanish) only allow student teachers in the spring semester.

Student Teaching Placements

  1. It can take districts one to three months to formally approve student teaching placement requests. The Office of Partnerships and Placements will contact you when your placement is approved.
  2. Once your placement is formally approved, you will receive a placement letter emailed to your RIC email account with your teacher’s name, school, dates, and contact information. At this point, you should formally contact your cooperating teacher to inquire about details for your student teaching placement.
  3. Special note: The start date on your letter does not include professional development or open house, which typically happens before the start of the school year. If you have a fall placement, anticipate that your cooperating teacher will ask you to participate in these events several days prior to the start of the school year.


Student Teaching Policies

For a full list of policies, procedures, and expectations, see the Student Teaching Handbook.

  1. Student teachers may not be placed in a school where they have been employed, were a student, or have family members working.
  2. Incomplete Grades on Transcripts. 1. The Office of Partnerships and Placements will not seek a student teaching placement for a student with an outstanding incomplete grade on a transcript the semester the student teacher applies. In order to be considered for a student teaching placement, grades for any incomplete course must be submitted and posted by November for spring student teaching and March for fall student teaching. Placement requests will only be made for students who have successfully earned grades in their courses with an incomplete prior to these deadlines. All program requirements must be met as well.
  3. Student Teaching Course Load Policy. The student teaching experience and the student teaching seminar are considered the culminating courses for the student teacher in the FSEHD. All program requirements, including all coursework and courses related to specialization must be fulfilled prior to the placement in a school setting as a student teacher. FSEHD faculty members expect student teachers to dedicate their full academic attention to their student teaching duties in the schools the semester they are enrolled. Consequently, student teachers are not permitted to register for any courses other than student teaching and the student teaching seminar/course.
  4. Absences. Student teachers are required to be present every day and are required to follow the school/district calendar, not the College’s schedule. The student teacher must inform the cooperating teacher, the cooperating school, and the College Supervisor if absent from the school assignment. Absences must be made up and should be kept to the absolute minimum for true emergencies. Please note: extended vacations are not emergencies.
  5. Grading is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U). The S grade cannot be assigned without successful completion of the TCWS and satisfactory OPR results. A student teacher must be successful in their first placement before moving onto the second placement. The Director in the Office of Partnerships and Placements works with grading issues and discrepancies.
  6. Substitute Teaching Policy. Student teachers may not be used as substitute teachers. If the cooperating teacher is absent for more than one-half day, a substitute must be appointed to supervise the class and the student teacher. If the cooperating teacher is absent for one-half day, the principal or designated leader is responsible for the student teacher. Student teachers may not serve as paid employees in the cooperating school during student teaching.
  7. Cooperating Teachers are the Teachers of Record. The cooperating teacher is always considered the official teacher of record. Student teachers should not be left alone with students. While student teachers are completing the Immersion phase, cooperating teachers should remain in the classroom.
  8. Social Media policy applicable to Student Teachers
    1. Do not post any pictures or videos of PK-12 students, unless explicitly authorized in writing by host district or school.
    2. Do not disclose any children’s, families’ and teachers’ names or describe them on social media.
    3. Be aware that anything you post on social media might be seen by your future employer.

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