Student teaching is the culminating experience in one's teacher preparation that provides scaffolded opportunities under the guidance of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, leading to teacher certification.

To be eligible for student teaching, students must complete an application and attend a mandatory application meeting.

  • Application meetings for fall student teaching will be held in the previous September.
  • Application meetings for winter student teaching will be held in the previous March.

Failing to attend an application meeting could result in waiting until the next application period.

Announcements for the application meetings will be posted throughout the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and are available below.

Students should regularly check the webpage and emails or call the Field Placement Office at 313-593-5094 for specific dates and times. Prospective student teachers must be of good moral character, have suitable personality traits, aptitude for teaching and good physical and mental health.

Required Clearances

Failure to meet the following clearances could delay your placement.

  • Must be valid throughout student teaching term. TB test may be obtained from current employer, private physician, local health clinic, or County Health Dept.

  • Must have both State and FBI clearances. Forms for background checks are available in the Field Placement Office, 262 FCS.

  • View video and take test at the Curriculum Knowledge Center (CKC), 313-593-5329, 267 FCS, or Child Development classes (EDC 240/241).

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Adults and Child/Infants and First Aid certification must be current and on file in the Field Placement Office.

    Michigan Department of Education List of Approved Providers.

  • This is required for student teaching eligibility. Please request a professor in a course where you are making a presentation to assess your oral expression skills. Forms can be obtained from Field Placement Office, 262 FCS only (MAT Student Teacher - not applicable).

  • The date will be filled in at the student teaching meeting. Download the Statement of Understanding Form

  • All candidates must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Exam prior to student teaching.

    • Candidates for an elementary teaching certificate must pass the Elementary Education examination prior to student teaching.
    • Candidates for secondary teaching certification must pass the appropriate subject area examination for each subject area in which they are to be certified prior to student teaching.

Application Meeting Schedules