What is a student teaching term?
The student teaching term is considered to be your professional experience consisting of a full term or more. This is the term when you will transition from student to a teacher candidate! Plan to follow the schedule of the school in which you are placed understanding that the start and end of the term will be different from the NAU calendar. During the experience you are to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to meet the requirements for all teacher candidates. The experience will be a transition into the classroom until you are primarily responsible for most or all of the duties and responsibilities of the mentor teacher.
All students in teacher education programs leading to certification are required to successfully complete the student teaching experience by the end of the student teaching term. You must download and submit an application to student teach with your academic advisor.
What are the student teaching program requirements for certification?
Northern Arizona University provides choices when requesting where to student teach. Student teaching experiences must meet the program requirements for certification in order to be an approved placement. Professional Education Programs will manage all of the placement requests including all of the necessary paperwork to document that all requirements and expectations for each teacher candidate have been met. Please note that a “request” to student teach in a specific district and/or school will be attempted whenever possible; however, not all “requests” are approved by the district or the school principal.
What are my options for student teaching placement locations?
The following options could be available to all teacher education program teacher candidates: Accordion Closed
Arizona approved schools:
- Public districts
- Public schools
- Charter schools
- Private schools
The following options could be available to the College of Education teacher candidates (only): Accordion Closed
- International / Department of Defense Dependent Schools (in limited locations)
Student teaching application
To apply for student teaching, go to MyNAUForce . Please note that you must meet with your academic/faculty advisor to submit your student teaching application. All applications are due to your academic advisor by March 15th (spring term) or October 15th (fall term).
Student teaching resources
For more information and to locate forms, please visit our resources page.
Semester and placement change form
Download the Semester and Placement Change Form to submit a student teaching semester change or district/school change (by the deadline) for a student teaching placement.