Admission to Student Teaching

Admission to Student Teaching

Students intending to complete student teaching are required to apply to the Teacher Education Committee for permission. The Committee meets in June to consider applications for student teaching. The student will be informed by letter within one week of the Committee’s decision. The student has the right to appeal any of the decisions and can request a personal hearing before the Committee by following the proper procedures.

Please Note: All students will be required to undergo a background check through OneSource prior to admission to the Teacher Education program and student teaching. The Education department will provide all the needed information to complete this task. The cost is $35 and will be charged to the student’s account.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
  • Attain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all courses.
  • Attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all Education courses.
  • Attain a cumulative GPA of 2.6 in all courses in the major.
  • Receive at least two recommendations from the teachers under whom the student completed student assisting for Practicum I.
  • Receive recommendations from faculty in the major.
  • Receive a recommendation from the faculty in Education.
  • Successfully complete 15 credits of writing courses as specified in Doane’s graduation requirements and receive a grade of ‘C’ or higher.
  • Students with any grade in a cognate that is below a C- will have that grade reviewed, and may need to repeat the course.
  • Students with a B- or lower in a methods course will have the grade reviewed, and some additional work may be required. (Although the general guidelines for GPA are met by the student, such a grade may be used as part of the criteria for not accepting the student into student teaching.)
  • Students who have negative comments on their recommendations which relate to their 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.

Nebraska State School Board Requirements

Each student must affirm that they do 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 their property due to mental illness, deficiency, chronic use of drugs or intoxication.
  • Currently an inpatient or resident in a mental health facility due to the determination of a qualified mental health professional.