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Student Teaching

Fall 2020 Student Teaching Applications are due Monday March 16, 2020
Applications will not be accepted after the deadline

Due to COVID-19, the Teacher Preparation Advising Center will be closed to the public beginning on Monday March 16, 2020 until further notice. Because of this, we will be accepting student teaching applications for Fall 2020 via email or students may place their application in a sealed envelope with TPAC written on it and drop it in the Drop Box located in the EED Lobby. See below for further information on how to submit your student teaching application for Fall 2020.

To apply for Fall 2020 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 2020 online at Cal State Apply by June 1, 2020 in addition to submitting the student teaching application below.  Candidates that are graduating Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 with a degree must also reapply to CSULB if they plan to enroll in courses and student teach in Fall 2020.

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.

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.  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 2020 and are graduating with a degree during Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, make sure to reapply to the university online at Cal State Apply by June 1, 2020. 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 Fall 2020 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

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 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.  

Application Checklist (PDF)

Candidates that have already completed steps 1 & 2 may follow the steps below to email their application to ced-tpac@csulb.edu

Step 1: Complete Necessary forms and gather required documents

Complete:

Gather:

  • Proof of Basic Skills (CBEST scores, SAT scores, ACT scores, etc.)
  • Official CSET scores, if applicable
  • Proof of Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit
  • Valid TB Test 
  • One unofficial copy of all transcripts IF you did submit matter competency through coursework
  • $25 - Credit Card receipt: https://commerce.cashnet.com/csulbcedcredentialscash (exact change), or check/money order/cashier’s check payable to “CSULB” (fee is non-refundable) (The fee is not required for students that are reapplying for student teaching)

Step 2: See Your Subject Area Advisor

If you have not already seen your subject area advisor, submitted the documents below and have gotten their signature on your application, you need to email them for permission to submit your application without their signature on it. You will need to send their email approval with your application.

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

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: Email the following to the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in ONE email to ced-tpac@csulb.edu

  • Student Teaching Application signed by your subject area advisor
  • Valid negative TB test (valid through January 2021; skin tests are valid for 4 years, chest x-rays are valid for 8 years)
  • Proof of valid Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit (must be valid through January 2021)
  • Official Proof of Basic Skills Requirement (official CBEST, AP, ACT, SAT, EAP, ELM/EPT scores)
  • Official Passing CSET scores, if applicable
  • Credential Center Evaluation Request form (PDF)
  • $25 - Credit Card receipt: https://commerce.cashnet.com/csulbcedcredentials,
  • Valid CPR verification - must provide a valid copy of infant, child and adult CPR Certification (course must have a hands-on classroom instruction component) Must complete prior to recommendation.

Planning to come to campus in person to drop it off to the EED Lobby Drop Box?

Step 1: Complete Necessary forms and gather required documents

Complete:

Gather:

  • Proof of Basic Skills (CBEST scores, SAT scores, ACT scores, etc.)
  • Official CSET scores, if applicable
  • Proof of Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit
  • Valid TB Test 
  • Highlight them even if they are in progress
  • One unofficial copy of all transcripts IF you did submit matter competency through coursework
  • $25 - Credit Card receipt: https://commerce.cashnet.com/csulbcedcredentials, cash (exact change), or check/money order/cashier’s check payable to “CSULB” (fee is non-refundable) (The fee is not required for students that are reapplying for student teaching)

Step 2: See Your Subject Area Advisor

If you have not already seen your subject area advisor, submitted the documents below and have gotten their signature on your application, you need to email them for permission to submit your application without their signature on it. You will need to print out their email approval and submit it with your application.

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

Step 3: Place all of the following item in one envelope, seal it and write TPAC across the front and place it in the Lobby drop-box in the EED building. 

  • Student Teaching Application signed by your subject area advisor
  • Valid negative TB test (valid through January 2021; skin tests are valid for 4 years, chest x-rays are valid for 8 years)
  • Proof of valid Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit (must be valid through January 2021)
  • Official Proof of Basic Skills Requirement (official CBEST, AP, ACT, SAT, EAP, ELM/EPT scores)
  • Official Passing CSET scores, if applicable
  • Credential Center Evaluation Request form (PDF)
  • $25 - Credit Card receipt: https://commerce.cashnet.com/csulbcedcredentials,
  • Valid CPR verification - must provide a valid copy of infant, child and adult CPR Certification (course must have a hands-on classroom instruction component) Must complete prior to recommendation.

If you have any questions on the process, send us an email at ced-tpac@csulb.edu, or video chat with us via Zoom at https://csulb.zoom.us/j/418736275 Monday- Friday 9am-11am or 2pm-4pm.