Services & Programs
- Teacher Admissions
- Student Teaching
- Teacher Certification
- Minority Recruitment And Retention Center
- Alternative Route To Teacher Certification Program
- Future Educators Association
- TEACH Grant
- International Cross-Cultural Initiatives
- School of Teacher Education
- University Supervisors
Instructions For Applying For Admission To Student Teaching
Be sure you have met all prerequisites.
- Student Teaching Applications are available in Gary A. Ransdell Hall 2052 on February 1 and September 1. February 15 is the final day that applications will be accepted for the Fall semester. September 15 is the final day that applications will be accepted for the Spring semester.
- Students will indicate a preference of school system for student teaching within the WKU service area and they will list 3 systems in order of their preference. Independent systems within systems; i.e., Bowling Green, will be considered as a part of the county system in which it is located. Students may not student teach in the high school from which they have graduated nor a school at any level with which they have been employed or have close family or social ties.
- Student teaching placements are made by the school districts. In order to be placed into a school there must be a qualified teacher available and willing to accept a student teacher. There is no guarantee that a student will receive a placement at the first district requested.
- A student teaching assignment constitutes an obligation on the student’s part and his/her plans should provide for meeting this assignment. Changes in assignments should never be requested except in cases of the most extenuating circumstances, as they reflect negatively upon the university and the student. The student teaching office should be notified if a student is unable to fulfill this obligation.
- Student teachers will be notified of their assignment by mail as soon as the majority of placements are confirmed.
- Student Teachers will be expected to file the results of a current (less than one year from the student teaching term) physical examination and TB test with the student teaching office. State law requires that these forms be on file before reporting to a student teaching assignment. Once a student has received his/her assignment, it is his/her responsibility to report to the school district to do a ten finger criminal records check.
- Student teachers must register for student teaching, 10 credit hours, just as they would for any other course. A completed application does not constitute registration.
- All student teachers are required to attend an orientation session for student teachers prior to reporting to student teaching.
- CERTAIN COURSEWORK MAY NOT BE TAKEN DURING STUDENT TEACHING without written permission from the Director of Teacher Services. Students planning to take a course during student teaching must email the student teaching office, firstname.lastname@example.org, to ensure that it does not conflict with state or university regulations.