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Student Teaching Application Process Dr. Rodney H. Clarken Director of Field Experiences and Professor School of Education Northern Michigan University Two semesters before student teaching, teacher candidates

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student teaching application process

Student Teaching Application Process

Dr. Rodney H. Clarken

Director of Field Experiences and Professor

School of Education

Northern Michigan University

two semesters before student teaching teacher candidates
Two semesters before student teaching, teacher candidates

should attend the student teaching application meeting from 12:00 to 12:50, the third Tuesday of October or February in Whitman Commons.

complete the online pre-application in the Education tab on their MyNMU site or at

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student teaching pre application
Student Teaching Pre-application

Requires candidates to complete information and to read and agree to the

“Student Teaching Statement Of Understanding”

which will be covered in the following slides along with explanations about the statements as needed.

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1 eligibility requirements
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.

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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;

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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 ;

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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.

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2 student teaching assignments
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.

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Student teaching assignments will only be in approved sites which may not be available in areas requested.

I will not attempt to make any part of these arrangements on my own initiative unless given permission by the Director of Field Experiences.

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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.

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full and split assignments
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 semester.

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the advantages of full split
The advantages of full & split

Full: can develop a longer term and more in-depth experience with a teacher and students.

Split: has broader and more varied experiences with different teachers, grade levels, subjects and/or settings.

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special education students
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.

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secondary education candidates
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 K-12 setting.

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student teachers are assigned
Student teachers are assigned

to selected schools in our area: the Upper Peninsula and Northeastern Wisconsin.

out of area according to policies (see next slides).

according to quality of placement, not financial considerations. Students may pay additional costs for some placements.

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out of area eligibility requirements
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.
  • Faculty members approve the candidate for an out of area placement.

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urban sites
Urban sites

In Michigan: Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and NMU Charter schools in Flint and Pontiac

Within four hours drive from Marquette: Green Bay and Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Chicago and other urban sites around the country

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rural sites
Rural sites

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.

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american indian sites
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.

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alternative sites
Alternative sites
  • NMU Charter School: North Star Academy and Polaris Middle School (7-12), Marquette, MI
  • Marquette Area Public Schools Alternative Education Program (9-12)
  • Other sites are available in and out of the area

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parochial and private sites
Parochial and Private sites
  • A number of Catholic schools serve as sites throughout the area
  • Other religiously affiliated and independent private sites are available

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ethnically racially diverse sites in area
Ethnically/Racially diverse sites in area

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

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ethnically racially diverse sites out of area
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.

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sites with low income and exceptional students
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 disabilities.

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paid internships sites
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 standards

working under the guidance of an experienced cooperating teacher


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international sites
International sites

Europe & Asia: Department of Defense



New Zealand:

Mexico, Australia, China, Russia and other sites around the world are also options.

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advantages of student teaching overseas
Advantages of Student Teaching Overseas
  • Students may be eligible to use most types of financial aid for their study abroad costs.
  • Tuition is applied toward overseas program costs.
  • International experiences that will enrich your career and life.

For more info contact NMU International Affairs Office

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marriage policy
Marriage policy

Candidates may student teach where spouse is employed according to availability of student teaching placements, supervision and other policies.

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3 housing
3. Housing

I understand that I am responsible for securing living accommodations.

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4 working
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 teaching.

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5 taking courses
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 Experiences.

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6 application due
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 assigned.

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7 address change
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.

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8 ineligibility
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 teach.

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9 withdrawal
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.

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10 mttc basic skills
10. MTTC Basic Skills

I must pass the MTTC Basic Skills Tests before I can student teach.

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11 mttc subject areas cpr
11. MTTC Subject Areas & CPR

I understand that I must pass the appropriate MTTC subject area tests, CPR and First Aid training before I will be certified and that some states have additional requirements for teacher certification.

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12 record keeping
12. Record keeping

I understand that the School of Education may only keep Teacher Education records for one year.

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13 legal convictions
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.

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application and eligibility requirements
Application and eligibility requirements

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 applicant.

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your application information will be sent to a school
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

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we will keep you informed via your nmu email about
We will keep you informed via your NMU email about
  • your student teaching application process
  • placement information
  • future meetings
  • additional requirements
  • potential jobs

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by the second friday of the semester before student teaching teacher candidates
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.)

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information for student teaching
Information for Student Teaching


Secretary: Tracy VanAbel, 227-2160, School of Education, 179 Whitman Hall, NMU, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855

Director: Rodney Clarken, 227-1881, 179D Whitman Hall,

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