Preparing Educators as Leaders

Student Teaching Field Experience FAQ

How do I request a student teaching placement?

There will be a Student Teaching Info Session in the spring semester before the academic year you are expected to student teach. Your advisor will notify you of the date and time. Several sessions are offered to accommodate students’ schedules. You will receive all of the information and required paperwork for student teaching at this meeting.

Where do I turn in my student teaching paperwork?

You should take your student teaching paperwork to The Welcome Center (208 JRP). It is important that you turn it in on or before the due date (which you are given at the Student Teaching Info Session).

Can I student teach in a school I attended?

No, you cannot student teach in any school that you’ve attended. You also cannot student teach in a school that your relative attends or is employed. However, you can student teach in the same school district.

Is it true that I cannot work while student teaching?

Student teaching is a full-time responsibility. Therefore, student teachers are strongly encouraged to devote all of their energies to their experiences if at all possible. Student teachers cannot leave early and/or be excused on any given day for an outside job.

Is it against regulation to be paid for a student teaching experience?

Technically, no. The Kansas State Board of Education recently decided to allow students to be paid. However, we are not aware of any districts who offer payment. Students may work as an "emergency substitute" for pay in the periods before or after student teaching. See Licensure for more information about substituting.

If my clinical supervisor is absent, can I be called upon to substitute teach in the classroom?

State mandate requires the presence of a certified teacher or system authorized substitute with the student teacher at all times. With one of those individuals in the room, depending on the level of confidence, the student may accept responsibility for instruction. Should this situation occur during your placement, let your university supervisor know ASAP. Student teachers cannot be used as substitute teachers.

Am I expected to attend meetings and programs not held during the work day during my student teaching?

Yes, you should always be prepared to attend these extra-curricular meetings or programs, but consult with your clinical supervisor first.

How quickly will I be expected to take over the classroom?

You will not be expected to take over a classroom on your first day. There is generally a few days to a week of observation before student teachers are asked to gradually take on teaching responsibilities. You will work up to being in full control of the classroom. Toward the end of the experience, student teachers generally spend the last couple weeks phasing out of their teaching role.

Do I have a say in where I am placed for student teaching?

Student teachers are not allowed to preference specific districts, schools or teachers. However, they are allowed to preference whether they would like to be placed in an urban, suburban or rural area, as well as if they would like to be placed in the Kansas City area.

Can a student teacher accept a supplemental position at their assigned school or district?

Yes, but student teaching MUST be the first priority. If there are any potential conflicts and/or the supplemental role interferes with student teaching in any way, the supplemental position will need to be terminated.


Melissa Robinson
Field Experience Coordinator
785-864-9601
robinsonm@ku.edu

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