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

In order to be eligible to student teach, please work with your academic advisors and Field Placement Office personnel to navigate the pathway to student teaching.

Pathway to Student Teaching

  1. Acceptance to UM-Dearborn with expressed interest in teacher certification
  2. Progress of Phase II coursework (general education, pre-educational studies, and major/minor requirements)
  3. Complete Phase III Form (must have earned 55 credits, have a 2.75 GPA, taken the English Placement Exam, and completed COMP 227 if prescribed)
  4. Complete Educational Professional Sequence (methods courses)
  5. Attend a Student Teaching Application Meeting
    1. Fall Student Teaching= fourth Thursday of September the year before intended semester of student teaching
    2. Winter Student Teaching= first Thursday of March the year before intended semester of student teaching
  6. Submit required application including all official test scores and clearances by deadline (students must have a GPA equal to or greater than 2.75 in their major, minor, and Educational Professional Sequence at time of application and going into their student teaching semester) NOTE: Each application is for the upcoming semester only. If you are denied permission, ineligible, or otherwise do not student teach for the upcoming semester, you must resubmit a student teaching application packet and required, up-to-date clearances, by the deadline stated below to be considered for student teaching in another semester.
    1. Fall Student Teaching Application Deadline= April 1
    2. Winter Student Teaching Application Deadline= October 1
  7. Students are notified of their placement and connected with their cooperating teacher by the CEHHS Field Placement Coordinator.
  8. Students attend Student Teaching Orientation by invitation in June or December prior to the semester of student teaching. Attendance is required in order to register for student teaching.
  9. Students start in their placements on the first day of school in the location they are placed (Fall= first day of school, Winter= first day following winter break).
  10. Take and pass MTTC Subject Exam (students are not required to have their MTTC completed by the application deadline in order to student teach, but in accordance with the Michigan Department of Education, must complete the MTTC requirement before they can be recommend for certification)
    1. Elementary Education: MTTC Elementary Education (103)
    2. Secondary Education: MTTC Exam in Major required, Minor recommended

Application Meeting Schedules

To be eligible for student teaching, students must attend an Application Meeting at which the requirements and eligibility for student teaching are discussed.

  • Application meetings for fall student teaching will be held the fourth Thursday of September a year prior to student teaching.
  • Application meetings for winter student teaching will be held the first Thursday of March a year prior to student teaching.

Students who may be eligible to attend a meeting will be contacted via email by the CEHHS Office of Student Success, however, if you are interested in attending for general information, walk-ins are welcome.

Date Time Location
Thurs., September 23, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm Meeting Link


Fall 2022 Student Teaching Application Meeting Slides

Fall 2022 Student Teaching Application Meeting Video

In the event you missed the application meetings, you should review the Student Teaching Application Meeting slides and video. Please also complete the Student Teaching Application questionnaire to ensure that you receive future communication regarding student teaching.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at 

Applying for Student Teaching

Failure to complete and submit the Student Teaching Application Packet and required documents by the required application due date could result in the delay of student teaching. Please click on the links below to access and complete required forms. Late applications will not be accepted. 

  • Fall Student Teaching= April 1 Application Deadline
  • Winter Student Teaching= October 1 Application Deadline
Required Clearances & Documentation

Student Teaching Application

The application is a fillable PDF form that needs to be completed and attached to the Student Teaching Application packet below. This form should be downloaded and saved to a computer prior to entering your information. These two pages are sent to the district for placing students for student teaching and should be thought of as a resume and cover letter. 

Criminal Background Check Consent

In order for a background check to be conducted by the Field Placement Office, students must fill out the consent form. Livescan fingerprints are no longer needed to meet University requirements, but fingerprinting may be required by the specific site where your field experience is scheduled. Your site supervisor or other site personnel will inform you of such a requirement.

Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases Training

This training is completed through Michigan Virtual. Click the link above and enroll for the free training. You will be guided through several different modules each with a quiz at the end. Students must earn an 80% on each module quiz in order to pass. Quizzes can be taken multiple times and the modules are not timed. Once you complete the training with passing quiz scores, you will be sent an electronic certificate of completion. Please email the certificate to for processing. 

Please Note: The certificate takes up to 6 hrs to receive after completion of the training, therefore, plan accordingly if you are completing the training in order to register for classes. 

CPR & First Aid Certification 

This certification is valid for 2 years and must not expire before or during the semester of student teaching. 

Video Recording Consent Form

Student teachers will be required to record themselves in the classroom during student teaching. These recordings will be used to provide feedback and help student teachers develop as educators. 

Professional Dispositions

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services at the University of Michigan-Dearborn aims to develop educators who demonstrate professional behavior and ethical standards in their coursework and professional activities. Professional dispositions are required by external accreditation agencies which include the Michigan Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (previously Teacher Education Accreditation Council).

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Exams

  • Students in Elementary Education programs must pass the MTTC Elementary Education exam 
  • Students in Secondary Education programs must pass the MTTC subject area exam for each area in which they are to be certified 
  • MTTC Subject exams have a five year expiration meaning that students much have current (less than 5 years old) passing MTTC scores.
  • Students are not required to have their MTTC completed by the application deadline in order to student teach, but in accordance with the Michigan Department of Education, must complete the MTTC requirement before they can be recommend for certification
Student Teaching Application Packet

Student Teaching Application Packet

The student teaching application packet is submitted through an electronic system called SignNow. Students must have completed ALL of the above required clearances prior to application submission. We recommend you open the document, gather the required information and attachments, and then complete the application all at once as there is NOT an option to save, only to submit. Please review your application prior to submitting. If errors are made, we are not able to send it back to you and a new application must be submitted. Please review this sample application designed to help you through this process. The packet includes the following documents:

  • Student Teacher Correspondence Sheet: The information you submit on this form is what the Field Placement Office will consider when selecting your placement. Any requests can be entered here but are not guaranteed.
  • Statement of Understanding: Please read this page thoroughly, sign, and date. You will be expected to know and understand the information provided. If you have any questions about what you read in this document, please contact the CEHHS Office of Student Success.
  • Moral Turpitude Statement: This document asks students to disclose information about any legal or criminal background. It is extremely important that the questions be answered honestly. Failing to disclose accurately for these questions could result in removal from student teaching.
  • Required Clearances: Students will be required to attach all the required clearances. Students may have also uploaded these documents in MBox, but they must be attached in the student teaching application packet as well.
  • Pre-Student Teaching Advising Audit: This document is to be completed by an advisor. Once the student sections are completed and the document is submitted, it will automatically get routed for review by your advisor.

For Our Education Partners

Cooperating/Mentor Teacher Information

Cooperating teachers are professional educators who choose to mentor teacher candidates. Cooperating teachers support and evaluate teacher candidates in planning and preparation, classroom management, implementation of pedagogical content knowledge, and professional development and dispositions. As professional educators, they provide feedback and engage in reflective conversations with teacher candidates to support professional growth. They fulfill an irreplaceable role in the teacher candidates’ career trajectory.

Field Experiences

Field Experiences include the following per the Michigan Department of Education’s Clinical Experiences Requirements:

  • Intentional observation of masterful teaching with accompanying reflection and debriefing of how the activities connect to the teacher preparation curriculum,
  • Co-planning and co-teaching with a masterful mentor teacher,
  • Co-assessing and analyzing resultant student work,
  • Participating in guided and supervised teaching of individual students as well as small groups and whole classrooms, and
  • Collaboration with education professionals.
Cooperating Teacher Requirements for Internship/Directed Student Teaching Experiences

Per the Michigan Department of Education’s Clinical Experiences Requirements, “Mentor Teachers [of student teachers completing their internship] should hold a clear credential in the content area or grade level they are mentoring, have completed at least 2-3 years of successful PK-12 teaching experience (also preferably in the content area or grade level), and have recently demonstrated exemplary teaching practices. They should be intentionally matched to a candidate through a collaborative process that is co-constructed by the school, mentor teachers, and preparation program. The mentor teacher must provide ongoing and actionable feedback to the candidate throughout the Internship, working with both the candidate and the clinical instructor to set goals, examine practice, and provide frequent formative feedback modeled after a data-based feedback cycle. The mentor teacher also must observe the candidate providing a summative evaluation of the candidate’s performance at the conclusion of the Internship.”

If you wish to request a student teacher, please email us at by October 1st for Winter student teaching and April 1st for Fall student teaching. 

For any questions, please reach out to the field placement office at

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