Preparing Educators as Leaders

Pre-service teaching: A window to the classroom.

Each professional education program requires the pre-service teacher to complete a student teaching experience. This experience must be secured through the Field Placement Office (mherm@ku.edu). To student teach, you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 and a 2.5 GPA in the major. You also cannot have earned a grade lower than a "C" in any professional education course.  Our student teaching experience(s) vary among programs. Below is an overview of their configuration, and please review the Student Teaching Handbook for more detailed information:

Curriculum & Teaching Teacher Education Program(s)

Elementary Education

  • 9-10 weeks of student teaching in the fall semester of the student’s senior year
  • Entire semester of internship (student teaching) in the spring semester of the student’s senior year

Middle/Secondary Education

  • Entire semester of student teaching in the spring semester of the student’s senior year

Unified Early Childhood

  • 9-10 weeks of student teaching in the fall semester of the student’s senior year
  • Entire semester of student teaching in the spring semester of the student’s senior year

Graduate Licensure Program (Foreign Language, Math & Science only)

  • Entire semester of student teaching in the spring semester.

Health, Sport, & Exercise Science Teacher Education Program(s)

Health & Physical Education

  • Entire semester of student teaching in the spring semester of the student’s senior year
  • 8 weeks at the elementary-level and 8 weeks at the middle/high-level

Music Education & Music Therapy

  • Entire semester of student teaching in either the fall or the spring semester of the student’s senior year
  • ​The student must complete one 5-week experience and one 12-week experience at the elementary-level and the middle/secondary-level.

Visual Art Education

  • 9-10 weeks of student teaching in the fall semester of the student’s senior year
  • Entire semester of student teaching in the spring semester of the student’s senior year
  • The spring semester is divided into two 8-week placements
  • At the end of their senior year, VAE students have completed three 8-9 week experiences at each grade level – elementary, middle and high school.

Field Experience Contact

Melissa Robinson
Director of Field Placement
785-864-9601
mherm@ku.edu

Lauri Herrmann-Ginsberg
Field Experience Coordinator
785-864-9672
laurihg@ku.edu