Student Teaching Policies & Information

Student teaching is generally considered to be the single most important experience in a teacher preparation program. Its powerful influence on the future success and direction of prospective teachers is greater than any other single segment of their formal education. It is with this knowledge that we strive to develop close partnerships with schools and cooperating teachers. By working together we hope to nurture the professional growth of teacher candidates, support the continued professional development of cooperating teachers, and provide for quality learning experiences for the children in our schools.

Director of Student Teaching Placements:
Peggy Lofquist, M. Ed.
Room 100B Education Building
School of Education
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1588
(970) 491-5292

Table of Contents

Student Teaching Handbook for Fall 2005 (PDF file)

Forms to Evaluate Student Teaching (PDF files):

Student Teaching Expectations Checksheet (PDF file)
for Early Childhood Education Candidates
for Secondary and K-12 Candidates

Credit Forms for Cooperating Teachers (PDF files)

Eligibility: In order to be eligible to student teach, teacher candidates must have:

  • 90% of content area coursework completed with grades of C or better and no incomplete grades outstanding.
  • All prerequisite education coursework completed with grades of C or better.
  • 2.75 GPA on all college coursework.
  • Passing score on the State level content exam (as of January 2002). There is no waiver of this policy AND documentation of a passing score must be received by the Educator Licensing Program by August 1 for fall placements or by December 20 for spring placements.

Policies Regarding Student Teaching Placements

  • Placement is done by Educator Licensing Program only; students are not to negotiate their own placement with teachers or school personnel.
  • Students do not student teach in a school they previously attended nor in a school where close relatives are employed or attending. Exceptions to this are made only by the Director of Student Teaching and/or the Director of Educator Licensing.
  • Candidates are encouraged to participate in interviews and observations prior to final placement. Both the student and the cooperating teacher should feel comfortable about the placement.
  • Following the interview/observation, both parties should provide feedback to the Educator Licensing Program. Once both parties agree to the placement, a Student Teacher Placement Confirmation/Agreement is signed by the cooperating teacher, the school administrator, and the candidate.
  • The student teaching application will be sent to one school at one time for consideration.
  • The application will not be removed from the school unless the school has determined a placement is not possible or it is determined, following an interview, that the philosophical match between the student teacher and teacher are not acceptable for a successful placement.
  • Candidates are expected to complete their student teaching semester as defined by the dates on the Student Teacher Placement Confirmation/Agreement. In order to receive credit for a full semester of student teaching, the candidate must complete the student teaching semester as defined by the dates of the signed contract. Early completion requests will not be honored except for extenuating circumstances as determined by the Field Placement Coordinator and the Director of Teacher Licensure.
  • During the prescribed student teaching semester, candidates are not allowed to receive payment for work within the usual work day. Students may not receive substitute teaching pay while receiving university credit for student teaching. [You cannot be both a student and a teacher within the same endorsement area at the same time.] Student teachers do not assume extracurricular coaching responsibilities for salary during normal classroom teaching hours.
  • Student teachers are expected to conform to the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession. Student teachers are also expected to conform to the professional codes and standards of the host school.
  • The institutional costs for field placements, including long-distance phone calls and postage, and travel costs of the Colorado State supervisor are covered by a special course fee attached to student teaching. By current state policy, there is no “catchment” area designated to the School of Education, Colorado State University. By state policy, this no longer exists with all other Colorado teacher education programs. There are, however, three placement options (see below) for Colorado State University teacher candidates that should be considered by the candidate regarding fees for student teaching.

Placement Options

  • Option 1: Local Area
    Within commuting distance of CSU
    Within the Denver/Colorado Springs area;
  • Option 2. Out of area (but within Colorado);
  • Option 3. Out of state.
    Placements made outside the University supervisory area will require additional charges beyond the normal course fee assessed for student teaching, depending on the availability of supervision. All such arrangements are made by the Educator Licensing Program as explained below. NOTE: Student teachers are not placed in schools where they were once students nor in schools where close relatives are employed or attending.

Option 1: Local Area Placements
The CSU Teacher Licensure “Local” placement area includes the following districts and/or counties:

Academy 20 Cheyenne Mountain 12 Englewood Kiowa County RE-1 Platte Valley RE-7 Westminster
Adams County Colorado Springs 11 Falcon 49 Lewis-Palmer 38 Poudre R-1 Widefield 3
Adams-Arapahoe Denver Ft. Lupton RE-8 Littleton 6 Sheridan 2 Windsor
Ault-Highland RE-9 Douglas County RE1 Gilpin County RE-1 Manitou Springs 14 St.Vrain Valley RE 1J Woodland Park RE-2
Eaton RE-2
Greeley Mapleton Strasburg  
Boulder Valley RE-2 El Paso County 11
Harrison 2

Thompson R2-J  
Brighton 27 J Elbert C-2
Jefferson County R-1
Park R-3 Weld RE-1  
Cherry Creek 5
Elizabeth C-1
Johnstown, Milliken Peyton Weld RE-3  

Option 2: Out -of -Area Placements
Teacher candidates requesting student teaching assignments outside the Option 1 placement area must have a legitimate reason for doing so. Approval is obtained through the Educator Licensing Program prior to application for student teaching. Candidates must make an appointment with the Field Placement coordinator during the application process.

Within Colorado
If the requested teaching site is within the state of Colorado but outside the Option 1 areas defined above, the Field Placement coordinator will determine the best possible supervision model, either with CSU supervisors or “Guest” supervision by another approved Colorado college or university. The candidate will pay additional supervisory costs, beyond the special course fee, for Option 2 for the supervisor’s transportation, meals (if necessary), and lodging (if necessary).

Fees to be charged depend on the distance of the requested site from the two supervisory areas, Fort Collins and Denver. There are two choices: (1) sites outside the Option 1 area but close enough for a CSU supervisor to drive to; or, (2) sites farther away but close to another institution with student teaching supervisors available to assume the responsibility.

Under Option 2 the student will be charged the course fee for student teaching, mileage from the supervisor’s originating city at the standard University rate and, if necessary, meals and lodging.

Costs for supervision must be paid to the School of Education the week prior to the end of the student teaching semester. The final student teaching grades will not be assigned if fees are not paid.

Supervision by faculty of other institutions. Fees from distant institutions vary. The candidate will pay the student teaching course fee, the cost of the university supervisor, the fee for the cooperating teacher, and any additional administrative costs. These costs can range from $500-$750. Costs charged by the host institution will be paid directly to the host institution prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester. The final student teaching grades will not be assigned if fees are not paid.

Option 3: Out-of-State Placements
If the requested teaching site is outside the state of Colorado, the candidate will provide the Field Placement coordinator with:
1. The name of a college or university teacher education program close to the requested area;
2. Contact information such as telephone number, address, and personnel in their Educator Licensing Program.
The CSU Field Placement coordinator will contact the appropriate personnel at that university to request a “guest” supervision. If accepted, this university becomes the “host” for the student teaching semester.

The CSU student teacher must meet all eligibility requirements for student teaching as if he/she were student teaching locally (i.e., passing score on State licensure exam; GPA; etc.). An out-of-state placement does not waive student teaching eligibility requirements.

There will be additional charges for Option 3. The candidate will be required to pay:
1) The course fee for student teaching.
2) The cooperating teacher any amount the host university normally pays that exceeds the amount paid by CSU ($125 for a 15 week placement; $75.00 for each 8-week placement).
3) The host university for the cost of supervision.
4) Any additional charges assessed by the host university
5) All such payments will be made by the student directly to the appropriate personnel before final student teaching grades are assigned.

Out-of-Area or Out-of-State Seminar Options
Arrangements must be made for the student teaching seminar, ED 493A or VE 492 - Professional Relations. If the host university has a seminar for its students, it may be possible for the CSU candidate to participate and apply this for CSU credit. If there is no seminar available, students will complete an independent study seminar packet provided by the CSU Educator Licensing Program. In either case, the Field Placement Coordinator will be the instructor of record and contact person for the student.

The Assessment Seminar, ED 493B, can be completed through CSU through on-line and distance format.

International Placement
Opportunities for students to do their student teaching overseas exist through mutual arrangements with the University of Northern Iowa. Information is available in the Educator Licensing Program or through the UNI site at Note that there are usually additional eligibility requirements as well as additional charges for supervision, travel, and housing. Please also note that the UNI arrangement is the only option available for an international placement through the CSU Program.

Beginning Date and Length of Experience

Student teachers officially begin their student teaching at the beginning of the fall or spring semester according to the school calendar. That is, they begin with the school, not the university calendar.

Student teaching requires full-time, on-site attendance for 15 weeks or no less than 75 days for secondary endorsements; 16 weeks or no less than 80 days for K-12 art or music, early childhood education, or business and marketing endorsements.


Process begins Fall 2005


Schedule for student teaching placement process for Spring 2006 placements:

Week of the Semester
August 23
Week 1
Meeting with ED450 (secondary and K-12), and ED 426 (ECE) candidates on application information. Application is available on this web site.
September 7
Week 3
Applications DUE for Spring 2006 Student Teaching on or before Wednesday September 7, 2005; 4:30 p.m. Submit to the Licensure Office - room 100 Education Bldg.
Weeks of Sept. 5, 12
Licensure Office reviews applications; Meetings with advisors, students, instructors
Weeks of Sept. 19 & 26 (approximately) and Ongoing
Week 5-6 (approximately) and Ongoing
Applications sent to schools.
Throughout the placement process
Throughout the placement process
Placement information available to students through Web CT site for student teachers.**

* Estimated timeline of events.

** We understand that some students will know from their cooperating teachers that they will take them as a student teacher but official notification will be posted on the Student Teaching Web CT site. 

Application to Student Teach

Application Procedures

There are two forms that must be submitted to complete the student teacher application process. One is the "Student Teaching Placement Request" and the other is the "Student Teacher Application Personal Inventory." Both must be TYPED and professionally completed. They are available through this web site. Submit the original and one copy of each form to the Licensure Office by September 7.

  Accessing the Application

  • Web Site Access

  • The application forms are available through this web site.  The application will open in a Word Rich Text Format (RTF) file.  You will then need to save the application to your personal computer drive or to a disk of your own and begin inserting information.

    Download, save, and complete both of these forms. Submit two copies of each.

Please follow the directions on the screen once you select the form.  The main thing to do is save the application to your drive or disk.  Then you can open the application as a Word document and begin inserting information.

All applications are to be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

2. Be aware that the personal inventory is sent to the cooperating schools. Since both forms represent the teacher candidate as a professional, the candidate will want to be sure they are error free and completed neatly.

3. Teacher education candidates should carefully review the final printout of their application to make sure it looks professional and makes sense to the reader. Note placement of headings, page breaks, margins, etc. and adjust appropriately.

4. When listing courses in your application form, DO include a list of the courses you are currently taking. (List grades "Not Available" as "N/A")

6. The completed application packet consists of:

  • Student Teaching Placement Request form (original and one copy)
  • Student Teaching Application Personal Inventory form (original and one copy)
  • Copy of PLACE or Praxis II Score Report
  • Teacher education candidate's signatures

Other Information

1. All placements are done through the Office of Field Experience. Teacher education candidates do not negotiate nor arrange for their own placements. Candidates with further questions should contact the Licensure Office at 491-5292.

2. The Director of Teacher Licensure gives final approval to all student teaching placements.

3. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE YOUR FILE IS COMPLETE and that the Office of Field Experience is aware of all important factors and changes. You should stay in touch with the Office of Field Experience or the Teacher Licensure Office to be sure information is kept up to date. (Change of address, phone number, etc.)

4. Teacher education candidates should visit the proposed school site for an interview with the teacher and/or building administrator before an assignment is made. It is to your benefit to visit with and observe your potential cooperating teacher and visit with other school personnel, including the principal prior to assignment. This is your opportunity to present yourself as a professional and to determine for sure if this is a satisfactory placement for you.

5. There is a CSU Final Placement Confirmation Form that is to be signed by the cooperating teacher, the school principal, and the student teacher. Consider this your semester "teaching contract." Do not miss this final step to placement (even if you know what your placement is.)

Please do not hesitate to call or visit the Teacher Licensure Office (491-5292 or if you have any questions.



Student teachers are expected to achieve competence on all Performance-Based Standards for Colorado Teachers.

Course Expectations

Every student teacher must demonstrate what he/she knows and can do. The following expectations are built on good educational practice and state standards for teacher licensure. Demonstration of every component is required and will be documented on the Student Teaching Expectations Check Sheet.


  • Daily (short range) Planning - Develop written daily plans for all lessons that include critical components and characteristics of good instruction.
  • Unit (long range) Planning - Develop at least one Unit Plan that includes all the components and characteristics of good instruction.
  • Demonstrate competence using at least 5 different instructional strategies: Concept, Cooperative, Inquiry, Lecture, Questioning/Discussion, Other
  • Demonstrate competence with teaching aids and technology
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze and correct instruction using Video tape and written analysis


  • Demonstrate competence in developing a variety of assessments that are valid and reliable
  • Consistently monitor and assess student progress throughout instruction
  • Utilize pretests and posttests to assess student growth and improvement and provide remediation strategies
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret student assessments to critique effects of teaching
  • Help prepare students for state assessments

Management of Learning Environment

  • Develop positive, task-oriented classroom environment
  • Develop positive relationships with students
  • Deal appropriately with discipline problems


  • Demonstrate respectful and effective communication skills
  • Maintain clear communication with parents
  • Create and maintain positive school and professional contacts
  • Demonstrate a stewardship approach to teaching


  • Understand and follow the Professional Code of Ethics
  • Understand and follow laws pertaining to schools, teaching, and the care of children
  • Demonstrate understanding of federal, state, and local governance systems relating to education and teaching.
  • Demonstrate competence with and understanding of state and content standards

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Created:  8/98; Updated: 08.10.05
by PLL