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 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. Select 4 school corporations you are interested in for your student teaching or practicum placement.  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, 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 this with you to your student teaching appointment.

            b. Complete the entire Student Teaching Application form (make sure you save it).  Print and bring one copy of the entire application along with 2 extra copies of pages 5 & 6 with you to your student teaching appointment.    

            c. Complete an expanded Safe Hiring Solutions background report.  You are required to get an "expanded" report by selecting EXP.  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 the Safe Hiring Solutions background report instructions for an expanded report.

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.