Student Teaching Statement Of Understanding

Student Teaching
Pre-Application Process
Joe Lubig, Ed.D.
Director of Field Experiences
School of Education
Northern Michigan University
© Rodney H. Clarken, 2006 (updated by Joe Lubig,
2008; 2009)
Two semesters before student
teaching, teacher candidates
should attend the student teaching preapplication meeting as scheduled by the
Director of Field Experiences in Whitman
complete the online pre-application in the
Education tab on their MyNMU site or at
Student Teaching Pre-application
Requires candidates to complete
information and to read and agree to the
“Student Teaching Statement Of
which will be covered in the following slides
along with explanations about the
statements as needed.
1. Eligibility requirements
I understand that I must meet all
requirements for student teaching prior to
student teaching and that if the Director
of Field Experiences does not approve
my student teaching application, I will not
be given a student teaching assignment.
Compliance with all of the stated admission
and retention requirements. For example:
Have a 2.70 GPA or above overall, in the
major, minor(s), Professional Education
Sequence and the planned program and
required cognates combined where
applicable, with no grade of C or lower
and only one repeat allowed in each
category (5 total)
Submit an application for student teaching
by the end of the second week of the
semester prior to the semester that the
student teaching is anticipated;
Removal of all “I” or “X” grades;
A “C” or above in all education and
specialized secondary methods courses;
Completion of all course requirements in the
student’s major and minor(s). Requests
for exceptions of this requirement will be
reviewed by the student’s advisor and the
Director of Field Experiences ;
Satisfy the faculty that he/she possesses the
knowledge, skills and attributes which
are necessary and desirable for
successful teaching…Students who are
found to lack seriously the necessary
knowledge, skills and attributes for
effective teaching may be dismissed
from Teacher Education.
Maintain minimum standards of behavior as
prescribed in the section addressing
professional integrity.
2. Student teaching assignments
I understand that all student teaching
assignments are made by the School of
Education and that the assignment is
dependent upon the availability of
suitable student teaching sites as
determined by the School of Education.
Student teaching assignments will not be
made in the school district from which I
have graduated, have close relatives
involved, have children in the school
district or have done significant subbing.
Student teaching assignments will only
be in approved sites which may not be
available in areas requested. Student
teaching placements in Marquette
County cannot be guaranteed.
I will not attempt to make any part of
these arrangements on my own
initiative unless given permission by
the Director of Field Experiences.
Although the prospective student teacher
may express a preference, the final
decision as to type of assignment,
geographical area, school system, grade
level and teacher is made by the Director
of Field Experiences in cooperation with
university supervisors and schools.
Full and split assignments
Full: Normal assignment is sixteen weeks
with one supervising teacher.
Split: Generally eight weeks with one
teacher, and the following eight weeks
with another in another subject or grade.
May also split among different teachers
for part of the day throughout the
The advantages of full & split
Full: can develop a longer term and more
in-depth experience with a teacher and
Split: has broader and more varied
experiences with different teachers,
grade levels, subjects and/or settings.
Special education students
Do the first eight weeks in their base
certification area and the second eight
weeks in a special education setting,
along with a four week special
education internship the May before
their student teaching.
Secondary education candidates
will be interviewed by the advisor for their
major who makes the recommendation
for placement to the Director.
are placed in the middle and/or high school
in their majors, and if practical, in their
minors, except physical education, art
and music who may be assigned to a K12 setting.
Student teachers are assigned
to selected schools in our area: the Upper
Peninsula and Northeastern Wisconsin.
out of area according to policies (see next
according to quality of placement, not
financial considerations. Students may pay
additional costs for some placements.
Out of area eligibility requirements
• An acceptable host institution and/or supervisor.
• Students have a 3.0 or higher GPA in their major,
minor and cumulative.
• Students submit a letter of intent
• Faculty members approve the candidate for an
out of area placement. ( at least two letters of
• Student agrees to pay any and all additional costs
related to the out-of-area or overseas experience.
Urban site examples
In Michigan: Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids
and NMU Charter schools in Flint and
Within four hours drive from Marquette: Green
Bay and Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Chicago, IL area
Sheboygan, WI
Rural site examples
Many sites throughout the area offer unique
opportunities to teach in very small rural
schools. For example, there are one and two
room elementary schools in Toivola, Skanee,
and Copper Harbor and several other schools
that have less than 100 students, some within
thirty miles of NMU, such as Autrain-Onota and
Burt Township Public Schools.
American Indian sites
NMU Charter Schools in the Upper Peninsula:
• Nah Tah Wahsh PSA (K-12), Hannahville, MI
• Bahweting Anishnabe PSA (K-8), Sault Ste
Marie, MI
Other sites:
• We are able to place student teacher in schools
on several reservations around the country.
Alternative sites
• NMU Charter School: North Star
Academy and Polaris Middle School (712), Marquette, MI
• Marquette Area Public Schools
Alternative Education Program (9-12)
• Other sites are available in and out of the
Parochial and Private sites
• A number of Catholic schools serve as
sites throughout the area
• Other religiously affiliated and
independent private sites are available
Ethnically/Racially diverse sites in
Nearby school sites with % minority
populations and miles from NMU
• Munising: 21%, 45 miles
• Lanse: 26%, 67 miles
• Baraga: 43%, 70 miles
• Hannahville: 78%, 78 miles
Ethnically/Racially Diverse sites
out of area
Candidates interested in working with
culturally and racially diverse students
to further develop a multicultural and
global perspective, may apply to student
teach in any school with 20% or more
minority population.
Sites with low income and
exceptional students
Most of the sites in our area have a high
percentages of low income and
exceptional students. For example,
Marquette Public Schools, where all
NMU candidates do field experiences,
has 21% economically disadvantaged
students and 17% students with
Paid internships sites
in selected schools throughout Wisconsin
paid a minimum stipend of $4,500 per 18 week semester
no more than 50 percent of the workload of a full-time
teacher, the rest like student teaching
interviewed and selected based on high admission
working under the guidance of an experienced
cooperating teacher
International sites
Europe & Asia: Department of Defense
New Zealand:
Mexico, China, Russia and other sites
around the world are also options.
The same extra requirements apply for
international sites as for the out of area
Advantages of Student Teaching
1. International experiences that will enrich your
career and life.
2. Students may be eligible to use most types of
financial aid for their study abroad costs.
3. Tuition is applied toward overseas program
For more info contact NMU International Affairs
Marriage policy
Candidates may student teach where
spouse is employed according to
availability of student teaching placements,
supervision and other policies.
3. Housing
I understand that I am responsible for
securing living accommodations.
4. Working
I understand that I am to keep myself free of
campus and work responsibilities during
weekdays while student teaching to allow
for a full-time commitment to teaching, but
that I may work Friday 6:00 p.m. until
Sunday 6:00 p.m. However, I may be asked
to terminate such work should the activities
interfere with my performance in student
5. Taking courses
I understand that I will not be permitted to
enroll in courses other than student
teaching, the student teaching seminar,
classroom management and multicultural
education during the semester I am
student teaching, unless I have written
permission from the Director of Field
6. Application due
I understand that it is my responsibility to
submit all materials for the application for
student teaching in complete and accurate
form by the second Friday of the semester
before I student teach, or I may not be
7. Address change
I understand that it is my responsibility to
keep the Office of Field Experiences
informed of any address, phone number,
name and/or status change.
8. Ineligibility
I understand that it is my responsibility to
report to the Director of Field
Experiences, as soon as possible, any
grade or matter which would make me
ineligible for student teaching. Failure to
do so may result in denial to student
9. Withdrawal
I understand that it is my responsibility to
notify the Director of Field Experiences in
writing at least 30 days in advance of my
student teaching if I decide to withdraw my
application for student teaching.
10. MTTC Basic Skills
I must pass the MTTC Basic Skills Tests
before I can student teach.
11. MTTC Subject Areas & CPR
I understand that I must pass the
appropriate MTTC subject area tests,
complete Red Cross or American Heart
Association CPR and First Aid training
before I will be certified and that some
states have additional requirements for
teacher certification.
12. Record keeping
I understand that the School of Education
may only keep Teacher Education
records for one year.
13. Legal convictions
I understand that I am responsible for
notifying the Director of Teacher
Education Student Services of any legal
convictions between now and the
completion of my program.
Districts vary as to their requirements for
background checks. MAPS requires their
student teachers to have substitute
teaching permits.
Application and eligibility
completed after the announced deadline
may jeopardize the chances for a
placement, as well as the location and/or
grade level preference requested by the
Your application information will
be sent to a school
the semester before you student teach,
requesting a placement for you.
Information about your placement will be
emailed to you as soon as we get it and
can be found at
We will keep you informed via
your NMU email about
• your student teaching application process
• placement information
• future meetings
• additional requirements
• potential jobs
By the second Friday of the
semester before student
teaching, teacher candidates
must submit their application for student teaching
online on the Education tab at MyNMU
A Student Teaching Orientation Meeting will be
held near the end of the semester prior to your
student teaching to help prepare you. (A web
cast of an earlier meeting is also available at the Student
Teaching website.)
Information for Student Teaching
Secretary: Tracy VanAbel, 227-2160, School of
Education, 179 Whitman Hall, NMU, 1401
Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855
Director: Joe Lubig, Ed.D. 227-1881, 179C
Whitman Hall,