Student Teaching Eligibility

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.

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.

  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

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
Wed., March 9, 2022 5:00pm - 6:00pm Meeting Link
Winter 2023 Student Teaching Application Meeting Slides
Winter 2023 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

For Our Education Partners

CEHHS Office of Student Success

262 - Fairlane Center South
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
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Office Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed