Teacher candidates in all programs are required to complete one semester of student teaching. Student teaching is a full-time job, in which the teacher candidate is expected to join the cooperating school's faculty as an adjunct professional, assuming teaching responsibilities, including attendance at meetings and adherence to the school's calendar including in-school hours.
In order to participate in student teaching, all candidates are required to attend the Student Teaching Application meeting held one year prior to the semester in which they plan to student teach. Applications are due within one month of the meeting. Resumes are due the same semester as the application.
Additionally, all candidates are required to attend the Pre-Student Teaching meeting held the semester before the semester in which they plan to student teach.
The Office of Field Experiences makes all arrangements for student teaching placements, based upon program requirements and the availability of sites within a 50-mile radius of Geneseo. Some out-of-area placements are available with partner school districts; these require a separate application submitted with the student teaching application.
To be eligible for the student teaching semester, all teacher candidates must:
- Attend a student teaching application meeting one year prior to the semester in which they plan to student teach.
- Submit a completed application and resume.
- Complete all prerequisite courses in education.
- Complete all the required seminars for certification (fulfilled in H&PE 350) as well as the Blood Borne Pathogen seminar.
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
- Have no grade of E in any required course, nor an incomplete in any course.
- Earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in the semester prior to student teaching.
- Demonstrate readiness in field experiences as indicated in the disposition evaluations.
- Have senior standing and completed at least two-thirds of the requirements of their concentration (for education majors) or two-thirds of the requirements for their major (for adolescence education candidates).
- Have registered for the appropriate student teaching courses.