College of Education and Public Policy

If your education program leads to an Indiana teacher license, part of the requirement is that you will Student Teach your last semester. 

You will need to apply for student teaching 1 year BEFORE the semester you plan to student teach

                     The time frame windows for scheduling student teaching appointments are:                         
                                     Fall requests             September through November                         
                                     Spring requests        February through April

Steps for Completing the Student Teaching Application Process

1. One year before you plan to student teach, you will need to make an appointment with Jim Beard to submit your application.  Call the EPIC office secretary at 260-481-6449 to make your appointment.  Appointments take about 1 hour.  At the time of your appointment you will submit your completed student teaching application for review.

2. Before your student teaching appointment:

            a. School corporations

Instructions:  Click on the School corporations link above and open it.  Look through the list and select 4 different school corporations you are interested in for your student teaching or practicum placement.  You will enter your 4 choices on the Student Teaching Application.  NOTE:  If you choose Northwest Allen County Schools (NACS) or Southwest Allen County Schools (SACS) you must have an overall GPA of 3.0.  If you select DeKalb County Central (for a H.S. placement), East Noble, MSD Bluffton-Harrison, NACS, or SACS you will need to obtain an unofficial transcript (NOT OASIS) from the Registrar's Office in KT #107.  Bring the transcript(s) with you to your student teaching appointment.

            b.  Student Teaching Application

Instructions:  Click on the Student Teaching Application link above and open the application.  Review the instruction page.  If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro (not Adobe Reader), right mouse click on the application and click "save as" to save the application to your desktop.  Close out all screens and go to your desktop and open the application there.  Now you should be able to fill out the application, save it to a flash drive, or even email it to yourself so you have a copy of your application to look at during your student teaching appointment (in case changes need to be made).  If you are unable to fill, print, and/or save it, then we suggest you go to a computer lab on the IPFW campus and complete your application there as all campus computers have Adobe on them.  Remember:  If you are using a public computer, delete the application off the desktop after you email it to yourself or save it to a flash drive.

            c. Safe Hiring Solutions criminal background report

Instructions:  Open the Safe Hiring Solutions link above and fill out your information to apply for a criminal background report.  

If you are an ECE major or dual major, you must follow two different procedures because of having placements in both early education settings and public/private P-12 school districts.

                        (1)    For an early childhood setting experience, follow the National Criminal History Check instructions through MorphoTrust.

                        (2)   For a student teaching experience in a public/private P-12 school district, follow these instructions to obtain an expanded criminal history report through Safe Hiring Solutions.

You must have a current expanded criminal background report prior to the start of your student teaching or practicum experience; therefore, even if you already have an expanded criminal history report on file with us, you will have to obtain a new criminal history report if the current one becomes more than 1 year old prior to the start of your student teaching or practicum experience.  Some school districts may require a more recent report. 

NOTE: Many of you have contacts with several districts and often field placement teachers will express a desire to have you as their student teacher. The current application procedure requires that the request for a student teaching or practicum placement starts with Jim Beard. Please refrain from creating any arrangements with a school district or teacher for a student teaching or practicum placement.