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Student Teaching Eligibility

To be eligible for admission to student teaching, the teacher candidate must:

  1. Have passed Juncture 2 (undergraduates)/Retention (MAT) Review;
  2. Have full status in the Teacher Education Program;
  3. Have an Educational Studies (Combination of Specialization and Professional Education Courses required for certification) GPA of 2.75 and an overall GPA of 2.75.  (MAT students must also have 3.0 on the graduate transcript).
  4. Have no grade lower than a “C” in all Education Studies courses (see above definition);
  5. Meet all requirements as specified by the specialization/endorsement in the Catalog and/or specialization handbook;
  6. Be free of conviction for felony or any charge involving moral character.
  7. Submit passing Praxis II content test(s) scores or state-approved content assessment by June 1 for fall semester student teaching or November 1 for spring semester student teaching.

Student Teaching Application

Student teaching application information is reviewed during registration meetings, held between weeks three and four of each semester prior to the student teaching semester. Applications for student teaching are completed electronically. Students are provided with a unique link to complete the application process during the registration meeting. Students may refer to the Student Teaching Application Instructions for further details. Students are required to submit a resume with the application for student teaching. Sample resumes are included below.

Student Teacher Resources

Deadlines for the student teaching assignment are outlined below in the semester timelines.

Placement Information Packet

As soon as the student teaching assignment is confirmed, students may contact the assigned teacher(s) to schedule an introductory meeting. During the meeting, student teachers must complete the Placement Information Packet (PIP). After completion, the PIP should be submitted via Sakai (and email to supervisor) by Wednesday of the second week of the semester. Assignment details may be referenced by viewing the Placement Information Packet Instructions document. Assignment templates are listed below.

Additional Resources for Student Teachers

Cooperating Teacher Resources

The cooperating teacher is critical to the success of a student teacher and we want to provide you with the support required to make it a positive experience for both of you. The following outline is provided to give you an overview of selected information that should allow you to get off to a strong start (Cooperating Teacher Overview for Student Teaching).

If at any time you have any concerns, please contact the teacher candidate’s assigned university supervisor. If you are unable to reach the supervisor or feel that concerns need to be addressed further, please feel free to contact the student teaching coordinator and/or the coordinator of educator preparation program and accreditation/compliance. We encourage you to take time to review the Student Teaching Practicum Manual which contains details of all Shepherd University Department of Education policies.


Evaluations are completed through a direct link provided to cooperating teachers. The Skills of Teaching Observation Tool (STOT) is due at weeks four and ten of the student teaching assignment. The summative STOT is due by the final day of the student teaching assignment.

Student Teacher and Cooperating Teacher evaluations of performance as rated by the STOT are considered in the final grade.  See Student Teaching section of the Practicum Manual for more detail.

Copies of the evaluations are linked below.

Additional Resources for Cooperating Teachers

Student Teaching Resource Presentations

Click on the links below to view individual presentations by topic:

Student Teaching Supervisor Resources