Apply to Graduate
You should submit the Apply to Graduate application BEFORE submitting the application for student teaching. You should apply to graduate approximately six months or more before your intended graduation date. 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.
Candidates preparing for student teaching need to meet with their education advisor first and complete the Student Teaching Checklist to be sure that they have completed all of the preliminary requirements. For Student Teaching, you will also need to create and be ready to share your field experience portfolio you created in Chalk and Wire. Here is a sample of what a field experience portfolio looks like.
Sample Field Experience Portfolio
If you need assistance with your portfolio, complete instructions can be found here:
Field Experience Portfolio Guidelines and Instructions
Your professional portfolio will be shared with the school district when the Graceland Field Office requests a student teaching placement for you. This is your professional introduction to the school and should demonstrate that you can effectively communicate information about yourself both through carefully constructed documents and by using other visually appealing media.
Most education students will create this portfolio during the semester before the application is due. Teacher candidates will continue to revise and improve it until they are ready to apply for student teaching. If you have not started your field experience portfolio, follow the instructions above or contact the field office. One very important step is making sure your professional portfolio is complete and meets the expected quality levels so that you make a great first impression.
Before you begin the student teaching application, make sure you have the link (URL) for your Field Experience Portfolio available to attach to your application. This portfolio will be sent as your introduction to the school district(s) you have chosen in the application. Regardless of the where you are in the process of creating your Field Experience Portfolio, (meaning even if it is not complete), you can still create and share the URL to include in your student teaching application. The field office will work with you on polishing up your portfolio before they begin making placement requests.
For teacher candidates desiring to student teach beyond 40 miles from their home campus, an additional form needs to be completed and submitted to the field office. It will assist the field office in securing your placement. Distance Placement Form