Accepted to Teacher Education
You must be officially accepted to the Teacher Education program before applying for a field experience placement. Work with your advisor to determine your readiness for field experiences. The online application page (Apply for Practicum, PDS, or Student Teaching) will be available to you in the School of Education area in My Graceland after your acceptance.
Apply to Graduate
You should submit the Apply to Graduate
application BEFORE submitting the application for student teaching. When you apply to graduate, the Registrar's Office will send you and your advisor a Graduation Audit to determine additional coursework that might be needed to graduate. Your advisor will need this audit before he/she can approve your student teaching application. You should apply to graduate approximately six months or more before your intended graduation date. For instance, if you plan to student teach Spring 2018, you should apply to graduate at the end of Spring 2017. This allows time for you to complete courses over the summer, if needed.
Approval Process for Student Teaching
Meet with your advisor to discuss your grad plan and make sure all required courses are or will be completed before student teaching. Your advisor will review your professional portfolio and let you know if you need any corrections as indicated on their checklist before submitting your application. Prepare for the application by discussing the EDUC student teaching course you will need for your major and endorsement area(s), as well as your top three school district choices. After making any portfolio changes suggested by your advisor, you may go ahead and submit your online application (including your portfolio URL) for an initial field office review. If the field office suggests further changes, fix your portfolio and then resubmit it to firstname.lastname@example.org
for final approval. Once your portfolio is deemed satisfactory, the field office will send your application to your advisor for final review and approval before the field office communicates with the school district to request a placement for you.