Student Teaching

Policies and Procedures: Admission to Student Teaching

General Admission Criteria

Student Teaching I (EDUC 337 or EDUC 338 for Early Childhood Education (ECE) or EDUC 357 for all other majors) and II (EDUC 400) occurs during the last full year of enrollment prior to graduation and is considered the culminating experiences for students in the Teacher Education Program. Student Teaching I consists of 10 hours per week for 8-10 weeks. Student Teaching II consists of a 16 week full-time placement (520 hours). Students are not permitted to register for additional courses during Student Teaching II.

  1. Completed applications for Student Teaching I and II must be submitted to the Office of Clinical and Field Experiences prior to March 1st for the fall semester and by October 1st for the spring semester. Applications and required forms for student teaching are available and submitted via our electronic data collection system (Taskstream).
  2. Applications for Student Teaching I and II are reviewed by the Director of Clinical and Field Experiences and submitted to the Council for Professional Education for approval. Applicants will be notified via email if the application for admission to student teaching has been approved or disapproved. If disapproved, the reason for the decision will be included in the notification email.

Specific Admission Criteria for Student Teaching I and II

  • Criteria 1: Senior Status - Students must be classified as a senior to be eligible to apply for student teaching.
  • Criteria 2: Grade Point Average - Students must have a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.5 and a “C” or better in the teaching area and in all courses taught by the Education Department. Students must also have a “C” or better in methods courses in the respective content area(s).
  • Criteria 3: Student Teaching Application Packet - Students must submit a senior status curriculum audit to the Clinical Office for review. This audit should be conducted and signed by the major advisor and department chair before October 15 (for spring semester) and March 15 (for fall semester). All courses listed on the curriculum sheet must be completed prior to student teaching.
  • Criteria 4: Prerequisites - No applicant will be permitted to student teach while on academic probation.

Other Requirements for Teacher Education Majors

Preparing for Student Teaching II

A: Admission to Student Teaching II

Students who plan to student teach must complete the student teaching application forms in Taskstream by: 

  • March 1st to student teach in the following fall semester
  • October 1st to student teach in the following spring semester

Admission to Student Teaching-II requires the following:

  • Enrollment in the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education, Health and Public Policy.
  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program in a specific and approved content area.
  • Satisfactory senior academic standing (90 hours) with a minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher.
  • All pre-education and methods level course work must be completed prior to the student teaching semester. No additional course work other than courses associated with student teaching can be taken during the student teaching semester.
  • Approval of the criminal background check, child protection registry and medical clearances.
  • Passing scores for the appropriate Praxis II exams on or before the designated testing window.

Students who are seeking admission to the Student Teaching I and II at Delaware State University must satisfy all requirements set forth by the University and Department of Education. To ensure that these requirements are met, the student must complete a student teaching packet that includes the following:

  • Current Curriculum Sheet
  • Completed Junior/Senior Audits
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Completed Course Substitution, Waiver, Equivalency Form(s)
  • Praxis II Content Area Scores (STII applications only)
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Child Protection Registry
  • TB Test Results
  • Physical Exam (STII applications only)
  • Delaware School District Preference Form

B. Criminal background check review

The Delaware Department of Education summarizes the University compliance and regulations for student interns. Students are responsible for submitting criminal background checks prior to any practicum experiences as well as student teaching. Candidates should apply to an approved agency to obtain a state and federal background check. The agency will forward the results of the background check to the Clinical Director for review. Please see the local agency address below.

State Police Bureau of Identification: 655 South Bay Road Dover, DE 19901

 All documents are due to the Office of Clinical and Field Experiences by March 1st for fall placements and October 1st for spring placements via Taskstream upload.

C. Insurance

  • Students should show evidence of health insurance coverage (in accordance to University policy).

D. Placement

  • Students’ geographic location preferences are taken into consideration but not guaranteed in making student teaching assignments.
  • Students will not be placed in a setting in which members of their immediate family work (parents, grandparents, siblings).
  • Final determination of placements are at the discretion of the Director of Student Teaching and/or Chair of the Education Department.
  • Students are not to arrange their own placement for student teaching or other field experiences.

E. Transportation

  • Students are required to provide their own transportation or to make arrangements for transportation during student teaching and early field experiences.

Early Field Experiences (EFE)

Early field experiences are an important component of teacher preparation at Delaware State University. The goal is to provide prospective teacher candidates with the opportunity to examine teaching in practice prior to official entry into the Teacher Education Program. There are two components to the early field experiences program:

  1. EFE - Students are placed in schools where they are allowed to observe experienced classroom teachers for a designated number of hours during the semester.  These hours are requirements for specific courses and vary from 10-40 hours depending upon the course.
  2. Junior Practicum - Students are placed in schools where they are assigned a cooperating teacher who will supervise them as they assist in carrying out various classroom activities. Students also practice pedagogical skills as they complete instructional tasks assigned by their clinical course instructors. Through observation as well as active participation in the teaching process alongside professionals in the field, prospective teacher candidates are able to gain insight into the roles played by today’s teachers as they assess their readiness for the profession. 

Students who participate in field experiences are required to maintain updated background checks and TB test clearances on file in the Clinical and Field Experiences office. These clearances must be submitted and received prior to the fall semester of each year that field placements are assigned.