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Student Teaching

Spring 2022 Student Teaching Applications are due by Friday October 1, 2021 at 5:00pm
Applications will not be accepted after the deadline

To apply for Spring 2022 Student Teaching, read all the information below carefully and completely before applying.



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 Spring 2022 online at Cal State Apply by November 1, 2021 in addition to submitting the student teaching application below.  Candidates that are graduating Fall 2021 with a degree must also reapply to CSULB if they plan to enroll in courses and student teach in Spring 2022.

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. Evaluations are completed through S4 @ The Beach.  Student teachers are graded on a “Credit/No Credit” basis.  Both the mid-term and final evaluations must be submitted on S4 @ The Beach 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  Student teachers performing below standard may be withdrawn from the assignment on the recommendation of the cooperating teacher, site administrator or the University Supervisor.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 (PDF) and read it completely before beginning the student teaching placement.


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.  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 Spring 2022 and are graduating with a degree during Fall 2021, make sure to reapply to the university online at Cal State Apply by November 1, 2021. Information on how to reapply can be found on our website under Applying to CSULB. Student Teaching CANNOT be done through Open University. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are eligible to enroll for Spring 2022 courses. 
  • 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

Application that do not include passing CBEST and CSET (if applicable) scores will not be accepted. Candidates that receive passing scores after the deadline may petition to submit their application after the deadline. Petitions must include passing scores and will be considered on a space available basis if placements are availble. Do NOT submit a petition until you have official passing scores for all required exams.

Student Teaching Application Deadline

To Begin Student Teaching Apply Before Please Note

Fall Semester

March 15th 

Candidates must have official passing CSET & CBEST scores, if necessary, in hand by March 15.

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 three 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.  

Follow the steps below to submit your Student Teaching Application online for Spring 2022 student teaching. Applications are due no later than 5pm on Friday October 1, 2021. 

Click here, for a detailed checklist of the steps below as well as tips to help in submitting your application.

Step 1: Fill out the Student Teaching Application via DocuSign. Be sure to include your Subject Area Advisors name and email address so that they will receive your application for review and approval.

You will be required to attach the following items to the bottom of your DocuSign Student Teaching Application prior to submitting it:

  • Official Proof of Basic Skills Requirement,
  • MyCSULB unofficial transcript
  • Passing CSET scores, if applicable
  • Unofficial copies of all other university transcripts IF you satisfied subject matter competency via coursework.

Once submitted, DocuSign will forward your application, transcripts, CSET scores, if applicable, and your proof of Basic Skills to your Subject Area Advisor for review and approval. Once they approve and sign your application, it will be sent back to you. Download your complete application once it is signed by your subject area advisor and all the attachments and save it as 1-Student Teaching Application.  (Do NOT download until SIGNED by your Subject Area Advisor)

Step 2: Complete and Save the following items for preparation to upload to the SSCP Student Teaching Application One Drive File:

  • Credential Center Evaluation Request form via DocuSign - Once completed, download the document and save it as 2-Evaluation Request
  • $25 Credit Card receipt:, Take a screen shot of the receipt and save it as 3-Payment Receipt
  • Proof of Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit. Take a screen shot from the CTC website and save it as 4-CTC Clearance
  • Proof of Basic Skills (CBEST scores, SAT scores, ACT scores, coursework verification, etc.) - Save as 5-Basic Skills
  • Subject Matter Competency - Copy of official CSET scores or Official Verification of Subject Matter Competency if met at university other than CSULB. If you completed your subject matter competency requirement at CSULB, you do not need to upload anything for this requirement. It will be verified by your subject area advisor. - Save as 6-Subject Matter
  • Valid TB Test - Save as 7-TB Test
  • Proof of Valid CPR – must provide a valid copy of infant, child and adult CPR Certification. Required program to recommendation of credential – Save as 8-CPR (Applications will be accepted without CPR verification however, all candidates must submit proof of valid CPR verification prior to recommendation of their credential at the completion of student teaching.)
  • Completion of Acknowledgement of Risk Survey – View the CSULB Health and Safety Video. After viewing the CSULB Health and Safety Video, complete the short Acknowledgement of Risk (AoR) survey and take a screen shot of the final page of the survey to upload with your Student Teaching Application – Save your screen short as 9-Verification of AoR

Step 3: Upload your documents to the SSCP Student Teaching Application One Drive file no later than 5pm on Friday October 1, 2021. 

  • 1-Student Teaching Application (Do NOT upload until SIGNED by Subject Area Advisor)
  • 2-Evaluation Request
  • 3-Payment Receipt
  • 4-CTC Clearance
  • 5-Basic Skills
  • 6-Subject Matter, if applicable
  • 7-TB Test
  • 8-CPR (If available)
  • 9-Verification of AoR

You do NOT need to include your name in the file name since One Drive will automatically add this for you. One Drive is a safe and secure file upload site. Please upload all file at one time. Each candidate should be uploading 7 to 9 individual files as listed above. 

Upload your SSCP Student Teaching Application Here

Application that do not include passing CBEST and CSET (if applicable) scores will not be accepted. Candidates that receive passing scores after the deadline may petition to submit their application after the deadline. Petitions must include passing scores and will be considered on a space available basis if placements are availble. Do NOT submit a petition until you have official passing scores for all required exams.

If you have any questions, contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center.