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When are the deadlines to apply for student teaching?
The date varies; however, students must submit a Student Teaching Application by the end of the last business day in September for a spring semester placement and the last business day in February for students requesting a fall semester placement.

How do I apply for admission into student teaching?
Enrollment meetings will be posted on the Professional Development Center website in late August and early January. You must attend one of the Student Teaching Enrollment Meetings and then complete the online Student Teaching Application. After completing the online application, you must meet with your faculty advisor to confirm that you will complete all coursework prior to the student teaching semester. (When meeting with your faculty advisor, you must bring a copy of your unofficial transcript; a copy of your on-line Student Teacher Application; a copy of your DARS audit, if you are an undergraduate student; or a copy of your Deficiency Plan or MAT Degree plan, if you are a graduate student.)

Your faculty advisor will review your application to determine your eligibility before signing it. Once you receive approval from your faculty advisor, you are required to bring your signed on-line application and all required paperwork to the Professional Development Center, Stoddard Hall Room 202.

Additional information on the application process can be attained through the:

Coordinator of Education Field Experience
Texas Woman's University
Stoddard Hall, Room 202
Denton, TX 76204
Telephone:  (940) 898-2734

How long is student teaching?
Student teaching is 5 days a week for approximately 8 hours a day.  The student teaching semester is 14 weeks long.  

Can I student teach during the summer?
No. Student teaching is only offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Can I find my own student teaching placement?
No.  All student teaching placements are obtained through the TWU Professional Development Center.  

May I student teach anywhere?
Our students have approximately 38 Independent School Districts (ISDs) within the Denton/Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex from which to choose.  A list of the districts may be obtained in the office of the Coordinator of Education Field Experiences, Stoddard Hall Room 202, or on the TWU Professional Development Center website.

Do I have to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program?
Yes, student teachers must be admitted into Texas Woman's University's Teacher Education Program before they will be admitted into the university Student Teaching Program.

How am I admitted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP)?
Students must submit an “Application to the Teacher Education Program.” Applications may be obtained from the Office of Student Support Services in Stoddard Hall, Room 211 or online at http://www.twu.edu/teacher-education/forms.asp. Full admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must be achieved prior to enrolling in Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility (PPR) coursework (EDUC courses) and includes the following requirements: 

Undergraduate Students

  • Completion of EDUC 2003 (C or better)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes ALL credit coursework completed at any institution of higher education)
  • Program Admission Tests: TASP/THEA Scores: Reading 260, Math 240, Writing 240; Accuplacer Scores: Reading 80, Math 65, Writing 82/6; ACT Scores: Verbal 19, Math 19, Composite 23; SAT Scores: Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070 (ACT and SAT scores cannot be more than five years old.); or other tests to be determined. 
  • Successful completion of SPCH 1013 or other course approved to meet Oral Communication competency requirement
  • Signed Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Teacher Education Program Dispositions Policy

Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Students

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours with at least a 2.75 overall
  • Program Admission Tests: TASP/THEA Scores: Reading 260, Math 240, Writing 240; Accuplacer Scores: Reading 80, Math 65, Writing 82/6; ACT Scores: Verbal 19, Math 19, Composite 23; SAT Scores: Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070 (ACT and SAT scores cannot be more than five years old.); or other tests to be determined. 
  • Signed Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Teacher Education Program Dispositions Policy

What tests are required?
You must take all of your state certification exams, and national exams, if applicable, before the end of your semester prior to student teaching.

Can I still apply for student teaching if I haven't taken the content area exam by the application deadline?
Yes, however, you must take all of your state certification exams, and national exams, if applicable, before the end of your semester prior to student teaching.

What is the minimum grade point average (GPA) score required to be eligible for student teaching?
2.75 GPA (overall) for undergraduate and post baccalaureate student teachers and a 3.0 GPA (overall on graduate transcript) for graduate student teachers.

Can I take classes during student teaching?
Student teaching is a full-time requirement and all coursework leading to a degree or certification should be completed prior to student teaching. However, you may  request an exception to take one course during the student teaching semester if the course is offered online, after the school day or on the weekend and it does not interfere with his/her student teaching responsibilities and it is not a pedagogy course.

How many credits will I receive for student teaching?
6 semester credit hours

If I applied previously, what do I need to submit?
You will need to update your file with the coordinator of education field experiences by completing a new online Student Teaching Application, a Student Teaching Contract, and criminal history authorization forms.

Can I defer admission into the student teaching program?
Yes, however, you must complete student teaching before graduation and before you will be recommended for certification. 

Can I apply for part-time study?
No, student teaching is a full-time requirement. Student teachers keep the same work schedule as your cooperating teachers.

What is expected of me in order to successfully complete my student teaching?
The Student Teacher Handbook, which provides specifics on how the student teacher will be evaluated, will be discussed during the Student Teacher Orientation. A copy of the handbook may be reviewed on this website. In general, student teachers are evaluated on their ability to deliver a comprehensive program of instruction to ensure that students are engaged and learning, their instructional planning and time management, their use of assessments to analyze students' work, and their ability to develop and maintain clear expectations for academic and social behavior.

Do I receive a letter grade for my 6 hours of student teaching? How will student teaching affect my GPA?
A student will receive “P” (pass) or “F” (fail) for the student teaching semester. Letter grades are not issued; therefore, your student teaching grade will not affect your overall GPA if you receive full credit, “P”. If you receive an “F”, your overall GPA will lower.

Are there any grants, etc., available while student teaching?
Please contact the Texas Woman's University Financial Aid Office to receive information on grants, loans and scholarships.

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