Student Teaching


Student teaching is a college-supervised instructional experience; usually the culminating course in a university or college undergraduate education or graduate school program leading to teacher education and certification.

Teacher education or teacher training refers to the policies, procedures, and provision designed to equip teachers with the knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and skills they require to perform their tasks effectively in the classroom, school, and wider community.

A graduate school is a school that awards advanced academic degrees with the general requirement that students must have earned a previous undergraduate degree with a high grade point average.

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Examples of programs include Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Adolescence to Young Adult.

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It is required by those earning either a Bachelor of Education or Master of Education degree, as well as liberal arts Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees with a major in education.

A Bachelor of Education is a graduate professional degree which prepares students for work as a teacher in schools, though in some countries additional work must be done in order for the student to be fully qualified to teach.

A Bachelor of Science is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for completed courses that generally last three to five years, or a person holding such a degree.

The Master of Education is a master's degree awarded by universities in many countries.


Student teaching is required for students who are not yet certified to teach.


It is different from a practicum, which is required when a student already holds certification to teach, yet wants a certificate extension to teach another area of specialization; they are both college-supervised field-based experiences.

A practicum is a graduate level course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously or concurrently studied theory.


The student teaching experience lasts about the length of a semester or quarter; long enough to fulfill the college’s assigned tasks.


It is an unpaid internship.

An internship is a period of work experience offered by an organisation for a limited period of time.


This experience gives the prospective teaching professional an opportunity to teach under the supervision of a permanently certified master teacher.


The student teacher is usually placed in a neighboring or participating school.


The student teacher is monitored by the cooperating teacher from the school, as well as a supervisor through the college.


The supervisor acts as a liaison between the cooperating teacher and the head of the college’s student teaching department.


The student teacher normally shadows the cooperating teacher for about one week, eventually gaining more responsibility in teaching the class as the days and weeks progress.


Eventually, the student teacher will assume most of the teaching responsibilities for the class including class management, lesson planning, assessment, and grading.


Thus, the student teacher is able to more fully experience the role of the teacher as the classroom teacher takes on the observation role in the class.


There is sometimes a "phasing out" week when the student teacher returns the teaching role back to the regular teacher.


The supervisor, as well as cooperating teacher, monitor the progress of the student teacher throughout the experience, ensuring satisfactory work.


A grade of Pass or Fail in student teaching, as well as satisfactory completion of a school's education program, is an indication as to whether the college recommends the student for certification to teach.

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