School of Education

Student Teaching and Practicum

If your education program leads to an Indiana teacher license, part of the requirement is that you will Student Teach your last semester. 

One year before the semester in which you plan to student teach, please make your 1 hour appointment to apply for student teaching with Mr. Jim Beard.  

  • For students who plan to student teach during a Fall Semester, appointments are available September through November - one year before the semester in which you plan to student teach.
  • For students who plan to student teach during a Spring Semester, appointments are available February through April - one year before the semester in which you plan to student teach.

Student Teaching Application

NOTE:  Please do not convert this MS Word application to a .pdf file or post it to the cloud before emailing it to us.

Student Teaching Application for students who are visually impaired    

After you meet with Jim, he will determine whether or not you have met all of your program requirements prior to student teaching.  If the requirements have been met, the paperwork is turned over to Natalie Brewer (placement coordinator) who then takes over at this point.  She will send out your request for placement until a school corporation accepts you.  All contact at this point will be with either Natalie or Dr. Merz (Director of Student Teaching).


Items to help you complete the Student Teaching Application Process

            a. Select 4 different School corporations to put on your application

Instructions:  Click on the School corporations link above and open it.  Look through the list and select 4 different school corporations you are interested in for your student teaching or practicum placement.  You will enter your 4 choices on the Student Teaching Application.  NOTE:  If you choose Northwest Allen County Schools (NACS) or Southwest Allen County Schools (SACS) you must have an overall GPA of 3.0.  

            b. Criminal History Background Report 

Instructions:  For all students (ECE majors or dual majors see instructions below) go to the Criminal History Background Report tab to fill out your information to apply for a criminal background report.  You will need to have a current background report in order to apply for a student teaching placement.  You must also have a current background report before you begin your student teaching placement.

NOTE:  If you are an ECE major or dual major, you must follow two different procedures if you plan to be placed in either/both a Head Start placement and/or a public/private P-12 school districts placement.

           (1)    For a Head Start student teaching placement, follow the National Criminal History Check instructions through MorphoTrust to obtain a fingerprint background check.

           (2)   For a public/private P-12 school district student teaching placement, follow these instructions to obtain an expanded criminal history report through Safe Hiring Solutions.

All student teaching students must have a current expanded criminal background report prior to the start of your student teaching experience; therefore, even if you already have an expanded criminal history report on file with us, you will have to obtain a new criminal history report if the current one becomes more than 1 year old prior to the start of your student teaching or practicum experience.  Some school districts may require a more recent report. 

NOTE: Many of you have contacts with several districts and often field placement teachers will express a desire to have you as their student teacher. The current application procedure requires that the request for a student teaching or practicum placement starts with Jim Beard. Please refrain from creating any arrangements with a school district or teacher for a student teaching or practicum placement.