As the final phase of the credential program, student teaching is a half-day for four days and a full day for one day per week for two semesters. All student teachers have one placement in a K-2 classroom where they gain experience with early literacy instruction utilizing a balanced and comprehensive approach to reading. The other placement is in an intermediate classroom (grades 3-6) or in a middle school classroom (grades 6-8). One student teaching placement must be in a public school.
A separate application is required to advance to student teaching. Applications for student teaching must be submitted in person to the Multiple Subject Student Teaching Office one semester prior to the first assignment. Application packets are available on the College of Education MSCP website. A link may also be found on the Liberal Studies website. Deadlines for submitting applications to student teach are:
Students should note that these deadlines are firm. Late applications are not accepted.
Students must meet the following requirements to advance to student teaching:
1. Demonstration of subject-matter competence by passage of all three parts of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: Multiple Subjects).
2. Passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or CTC-approved alternative.
3. A negative tuberculosis skin test or chest x-ray valid through completion of student teaching.
4. Proof of identity and character clearance (Certificate of Clearance).
5. Submission of a student teaching application by the appropriate deadline.
Note: professional preparation pedagogy courses in the ITEP MSCP program may be taken prior to or concurrently with student teaching. All subject-specific pedagogy (methods) courses must be completed with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 and no individual course grade lower than "C."