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Admission to Student Teaching

Students intending to complete student teaching are required to apply to the Teacher Education Committee for permission. The minimum requirements for admission to student teaching are:

  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  • Attainment of cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all courses.
  • Attainment of a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all education courses.
  • Attainment of a cumulative grade point average of 2.60 in all courses in the major.
  • Recommendation from the teacher(s) under whom the student completed student assisting for Practicum I.(At least two of the recommendations must be positive.)
  • Recommendations from the faculty in the major.
  • Recommendation from the faculty in education.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written English by successfully completing 15 credits of "W"(writing) courses as specified in the College graduation requirements and receive a grade of "C" or higher in the required composition course.
  • A student with any grade in a cognate that is below a C- will have that grade reviewed and may be required to repeat the course.
  • A student with any grade in a methods course that is below a B- will have that grade reviewed and some additional work may be required. (Even though the general guidelines for grade point averages are met by the student, such a grade may be used as part of the criteria for not accepting the student into student teaching.).
  • A student who has negative comments on his/her recommendations which relate to his/her personality may be required to complete a personality survey. The form of the survey will be determined by the Teacher Education Committee in consultation with the Teacher Education Faculty.
  • As required by the Nebraska State School Board, each student must affirm that he/she has not been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. The State Board further states that felons may not observe, assist, or take part in any K-12 classroom with such a conviction. If there should be such an instance, the student may appeal to the State Board of Education for review. In compliance with this rule, each student must affirm yearly, prior to student assisting or teaching in any practicum methods class or student teaching experience, that he/she has not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. Furthermore, it is the students responsibility to report any change in his/her status regarding this rule. Students not meeting this standard are not allowed to participate in K-12 activities until they have received permission to proceed by the State Board.
  • As required by the Nebraska State School Board, each student must affirm that he/she does not have an order or determination currently in effect by a court or any other governmental body which finds the student to be any of the following:
    • A mentally ill and dangerous person
    • Mentally incompetent to stand trial
    • Acquitted of criminal charges because of insanity
    • An incapacitated person in need of a guardian
    • Unable to manage his/her property due to mental illness, mental deficiency, chronic use of drugs or chronic intoxication
    • Currently an inpatient or resident in a mental health facility due to a determination by a qualified mental health professional

A student may be granted full admission to student teaching, or may be denied by the Teacher Education Committee. The Committee meets in June to consider applications for admission to student teaching. The student will be informed by letter within one week of the Committees decision. The student has the right of appeal to any of the decisions and can request a personal hearing before the Committee to seek a change of the decision by following the procedures outlined previously in the booklet.