College of Education and Public Policy

If your education program leads to an Indiana teacher license you will need to student teach.  One year in advance of when you plan to student teach, you will need to make an appointment with Jim Beard, Director of EPIC to submit your student teaching application.

The time frame windows for scheduling student teaching meetings are:
Fall requests            September through November
Spring requests        January through March

Meeting regularly with Jim Beard, Director of EPIC, is critical for you to stay on track for student teaching and graduation.

If you have general questions about the student teaching application process or would like to make an appointment, stop by the office or call:
Melinda Woods, EPIC Secretary
Office: Neff Hall, #243
Phone: 260-481-6449


Steps for Completing the Student Teaching Application Process

1. One year before you plan to student teach, call the EPIC secretary and make an appointment with Jim Beard, Director of EPIC

2. Before your student teaching appointment:

a. Select school corporations you are interested in having a student teaching placement.*
b. Complete the Student Teaching Application Form and Student Teaching Professional Agreement Form and bring them with you to your student teaching appointment

Student Teaching Application
Student Teaching Professional Agreement

c. Complete the application for a criminal history background report from Safe Hiring Solutions.  You must have a current criminal background report prior to the start of your teaching experience; therefore, even if you already have a 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 experience.  Most school corporations require a basic "level 1" report by selecting LEV1/LEVEL 1 ($18).  However, if you are selecting any of the following school districts as one of your top 2 choices, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Huntington County Consolidated Schools, MSD of Steuben County, Northwest Allen County Schools, and Whitley County Consolidated Schools you MUST get an "expanded" report by selecting EXP/EXPANDED ($28). 

*If choosing Northwest or Southwest Allen County Schools you must have an overall GPA of 3.0. If you select East Noble, MSD Bluffton-Harrison, NACS or SACS you will need to submit an unofficial transcript (NOT OASIS) from the Registrar's Office in KT #107 with your application.

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 placement starts with Jim Beard. Please refrain from creating any arrangements with a school district or teacher for a student teaching placement.