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Student Teaching

Fall 2018 Student Teaching Applications are due Thursday, March 1, 2018
Applications will not be accepted after the deadline

To apply for Fall 2018 Student Teaching, read all the information below carefully and completely before applying.

Overview

Student teaching is the culminating field experience in the Single Subject Credential Program.  It is completed during the final semester of the Single Subject Credential Program once all other coursework is completed.  During the student teaching semester candidates enroll in a total of 18 units.  EDSS 472A, EDSS 472B and EDSS 472C (5 units each) and the student teaching seminar course, EDSS 473.  Student Teachers must be matriculated CSULB students. Student teaching cannot be done through Open University.  Candidates that are not currently matriculated must apply to CSULB for Fall 2018 online at www.calstate.edu/apply by June 1, 2018 in addition to submitting the student teaching application below.  Candidates that are graduating Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 with a degree must also reapply to CSULB if they plan to enroll in courses and student teach in Fall 2018.

All student teaching candidates will be assigned a University Supervisor.  The University Supervisor visits student teachers approximately every other week during the semester, and conferences with the student teacher around teaching in general and specific strengths and weaknesses of the student teacher.  The supervisor provides feedback, support, and assessment of the student teacher.  A preliminary evaluation is done near the mid-term by the cooperating teacher and the University Supervisor.  A final evaluation is completed at the conclusion of the assignment.   Both evaluations are done online via TaskStream.  Student teachers are graded on a “Credit/No Credit” basis.  Both the mid-term and final evaluations must be submitted on TaskStream in order to be recommended for a credential.

Student teachers are expected to dress appropriately, be punctual, and conduct themselves professionally at all times.  Student teachers performing below standard may be withdrawn from the assignment on the recommendation of the cooperating teacher, site administrator or the University Supervisor.  In such a case, candidates may petition for a second opportunity to student teach after successful completion of a professional improvement plan.  Student teaching may be repeated for a maximum of 10 units only.

All student teaching candidates are required to obtain the Student Teaching Handbook and read it completely before beginning the student teaching placement.

 

Placements

Traditional student teaching placements are made by the subject area program coordinator with cooperating teachers in area schools with which CSULB has a current affiliation agreement.  Cooperating teachers are veteran teachers who are well skilled in pedagogy and content knowledge.  They serve to guide, support, and provide constructive feedback to the student teacher.  Student teachers are responsible for being at their school a minimum of five periods every day.  After a short orientation period, student teachers begin to assume responsibility for teaching three classes representing at least two different topics or levels of their subject area.  Two additional periods are for observation, preparation, and consultation with the school and university supervisors.  Student teaching follows the school district calendar of approximately 20 weeks.  The required student teaching seminar (EDSS 473) is held during the student teaching term by each single subject program area.  Seminars meet regularly at CSULB.

Student teaching placements cannot be made in a district where you have a relative working and they cannot be made at the high school you graduated from if it has been less than 7 years since you graduated from there.

For questions regarding your student teaching placement please contact your subject area advisor.  Self placements are not allowed. 

In special circumstances, candidates may be approved to use employment or placement at a private school to satisfy the clinical requirement.  Candidates must receive approval from the Subject Area Advisor, the University Coordinator and the Single Subject Credential Program Petition Committee.  Please make an appointment to meet with your Subject Area Advisor for more information.

Students may also complete student teaching through an internship.  For information about internships, visit the SSCP Internship page.

Requirements to Advance to Student Teaching

Students must meet the following requirements to advance to student teaching:

  • Must be a matriculated student - If you are planning to student teach in Fall 2018 and are graduating with a degree during Spring 2018 or Summer 2018, make sure to reapply to the university online at www.calstate.edu/apply by June 1, 2018. Information on how to reapply can be found on our website under Applying to CSULB. Student Teaching CANNOT be done through Open University.
  • Complete the Basic Skills Requirement
  • Submit a valid Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit
  • Demonstrate subject matter competence (Passing CSET scores or completion of Subject Matter Coursework)
  • Have a 2.67 overall GPA or a 2.75 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units.
  • Complete all credential coursework with at least a “B” average with no grade lower than a “C” (pre-requisites, co-requisites, core courses)
  • Complete all core courses (EDSE 435, EDSE 436, EDSE 457 and EDSS 450) with a 3.0 average with no grade lower than a "C".
  • Pass EDSS 450 with a minimum “B” grade
  • Submit a valid TB Test (skin tests are valid for 4 years, chest x-rays are valid for 8 years)
  • Submit a complete Student Teaching Application by the appropriate deadline. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.
  • Must be approved for student teaching by the Subject Area Advisor

Student Teaching Application Deadline

To Begin Student Teaching Apply Before Please Note

Fall Semester

March 1st

Candidates must have official passing CSET & CBEST scores, if necessary, in hand by March 1.

Spring Semester

October 1st

Candidates must have official passing CSET & CBEST scores, if necessary, in hand by October 1.

Student Teaching Application Process

Candidates are required to carefully follow the four steps below by the deadline to apply for student teaching.  By submitting an application by the deadline you are acknowledging that you have read and understand all of the information listed above on this website regarding student teaching.  

Click Here for a Printable Version of the Checklist Below (PDF)

Step 1: Complete Necessary forms and gather required documents

Complete:

Gather:

  • Proof of Basic Skills (CBEST scores, SAT scores, ACT scores, etc.) (3 copies)
  • Official CSET scores, if applicable (3 copies)
  • Proof of Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit (2 copies)
  • Valid TB Test (1 copy)
  • CSULB unofficial transcripts from MyCSULB with the following courses highlighted:
    Pre and Co Requisites: EDSS 300, H SC 411B, EDP 301/302/305, EDSP 355B and Level I Tech course
    Core Courses: EDSE 435, EDSE 436, EDSE 457, EDSS 450 
    Highlight them even if they are in progress (1 copy)
  • One unofficial copy of all transcripts IF you did submit matter competency through coursework

Step 2: See your Subject Area Advisor (Click here for Spring 2018 Office Hours)

When you visit your subject area advisor during their office hours, take them the following items:

  • Student Teaching Application for signature (The application for Spring 2019 student teaching will be available August 27, 2018)
  • Copies of all transcripts IF completing subject matter competency through coursework 
  • -OR-
    Copies of Passing CSET scores
  • Official Proof of Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST, AP, ACT, SAT, EAP, ELM/EPT scores)

  • Be sure to not give your subject area advisor your only copy of the items above since they will be keeping all of them with the exception of your Student Teaching Application which they will sign and hand back to you.

Step 3: Submit the following to the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in EED-67

  • Student Teaching Application signed by your subject area advisor
  • Valid negative TB test (valid through January 2019; skin tests are valid for 4 years, chest x-rays are valid for 8 years)
  • CSULB unofficial transcripts from MyCSULB with the following courses highlighted:
    Pre and Co Requisites: EDSS 300, H SC 411B, EDP 301/302/305, EDSP 355B and Level I Tech course
    Core Courses: EDSE 435, EDSE 436, EDSE 457, EDSS 450
    Highlight them even if they are in progress
  • Proof of valid Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit (must be valid through January 2019)
  • Official Proof of Basic Skills Requirement (official CBEST, AP, ACT, SAT, EAP, ELM/EPT scores)
  • Official Passing CSET scores, if applicable

Step 4: Submit the following to the Credential Center in EED-42

  • Credential Center Evaluation Request form
  • Receipt from TPAC showing submission of complete application (You will receive this from TPAC when you complete step 3.)
  • $25 Credential Evaluation Fee - check or money order payable to CSULB
  • Official Proof of Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST, AP, ACT, SAT, EAP, ELM/EPT scores)
  • Official Passing CSET scores, if applicable
  • Proof of valid Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit (must be valid through January 2019)

Steps 1-4 Must Be Completed No Later Than Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5:00pm to be Eligible for Fall 2018 Student Teaching!