Admission to Student Teaching

All students seeking certification to teach are required to file an application for Supervised Teaching. The application for admission to Supervised Teaching must be made by the posted deadline during the semester immediately prior to the semester during which the student plans to do student teaching. After processing the student’s application, the Chairperson of the Educator Preparation Program Committee will notify the applicant by letter that the application for admission to Supervised Teaching has been approved or denied. If the application is approved, the approval will be subject to continued compliance with all prerequisites and the student’s attainment and maintenance of the required criteria for admission that are in effect at the time of application and at the time the student is scheduled to enroll in the Supervised Teaching course. If the application for admission to Supervised Teaching is denied, the letter of notification will state the reason(s) for denial.

Admission Requirements:

Completed application; 200 field hours with all data submitted in Kentucky Field Experiences Tracking System (KFETS) and verified through documentation signed by mentor teachers; cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher, at the end of the semester prior to the semester of student teaching; passing grades in all courses in the Liberal Studies Core; grades of C or above in all education foundation courses and education content courses; three professional dispositions instrument; passing scores on ETS Praxis II content and/or pedagogical exams, as determined by the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) and required by the TEC; clear state- and national-level criminal report submitted to the placement district; current physical examination report, including a TB skin test or x-ray (available through KSU Betty White Clinic); verification of current liability insurance obtained through Kentucky Education Association (KEA); forms and fees required for graduation; and other prerequisites as determined by the TEC. Note: Student teaching placements are the result of collaboration between the School of Education and Human Development and school district leaders. While student preferences and requests are taken into consideration in placement decisions, other factors are considered as well, including diversity of field and life experiences, teaching and learning opportunities offered by districts, research being conducted, and supervision logistics. While the University understands and supports district needs for diversity and “grow-your-own” initiatives, the norm is for student teachers not to be placed in schools they attended as P-12 students.

Program Completion:

70 documented days of student teaching, with each day being a minimum of six hours; electronic submission of multiple assignments that demonstrate competency in teaching; professional dispositions at the expected level; and cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher, at the end of the student teaching semester. Note: Student teaching is a demanding and continuously assessed experience of fully engaged, unpaid teaching in P-12 schools. Candidates may not be employed during the hours of student teaching, which often surpass the students’ school day due to before- and after-school planning and meetings. Students are encouraged to think and plan ahead financially and logistically for their full-time semester of student teaching.