Student Teaching

Student teaching is required for all teacher education programs and is done during the final semester. The student teaching experience should be a time of enjoyment and professional growth. The time, effort and dedication you bring to student teaching will yield positive results for B-12 students.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for student teaching, the following criteria must be met:

  • Completion of all coursework required for the teaching degree prior to student teaching
  • WSU G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher
  • Grade of “C” or better for all Education and Education Foundation, Research, and Technology classes required of the program
  • Completion of formal application materials one year in advance of the student teaching semester
  • Attempt the MTLE Basic Skills (Reading/Writing/Math) tests. Note: You do not need to pass the MTLE tests in order to student teach. However, you do need to have passed all tests in order to be recommended for a license
  • Documentation of professional liability insurance
  • Admittance to teacher/professional education
  • Criminal Background Check

Applications are due November 1st for Fall placement and April 1st for Spring placement. These applications can be delivered to the Office of Clinical Practice, Gildemeister 110. Notify the Office of Clinical Practice if your eligibility changes. 

Placement Types and Areas

Each teacher education program requires at least 16 weeks of student teaching but the number and type of placements vary.

  • Elementary Major: one 16 week placement
  • Elementary/Early Childhood: 16 weeks total, but can be split between elementary and preschool
  • Elementary Major with Middle Level Minor: a 10 week placement with elementary and 6 week placement in middle school
  • Elementary Major with Two Middle Level Minors: three placements with 10 weeks in elementary, 6 weeks in first minor and 4-6 weeks in second minor
  • K-12 Majors: one 16 week placement
  • 5-12 Majors: one 16 week placement
  • PE/Health Majors: a 10 week placement of secondary health classroom work and a 6 week placement in elementary
  • Special Education: a 16 week placement in each licensure area
  • Double Majors: a 16 week placement in one major and 8-10 weeks in second major (May vary if majors are closely related such as TESOL and Spanish)

Placements for Spring Semester will be posted late November and Fall Semester placements will be posted late April. Students may be placed in a variety of locations spread throughout southeastern Minnesota and Wisconsin for their student teaching experience. These placement options are divided into five regions. Special Education placements are available only in Regions 1-4.

Region 1 includes the following school districts:

  • Alma
  • Arcadia
  • Cochrane-Fountain City
  • Dover-Eyota
  • Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau
  • Holmen
  • Independence
  • Lake City
  • Lewiston-Altura
  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville
  • St. Charles
  • Wabasha-Kellog
  • Winona

Region 2 includes the following school districts:

  • Caledonia
  • Houston
  • La Crescent-Hokah
  • Onalaska
  • Rochester
  • Rushford-Peterson
  • West Salem
  • Winona

Region 3 includes the following school districts:

  • Austin
  • Byron
  • Chatfield
  • Dover-Eyota
  • Grand Meadow
  • Kasson-Mantorville
  • Pine Island
  • Rochester
  • Southland
  • Stewartville
  • Zumbrota-Mazeppa


Region 4 includes the following school districts:

  • Farmington
  • Hastings
  • Rosemount-Apple Valley-Egan
  • South Washington County

Region 5 includes the following school districts:

  • Anoka-Hennepin
  • Spring Lake Park

Students may also be placed in the following school districts upon request:

  • Lanesboro
  • Melrose-Mindoro
  • Osseo, WI
  • Pepin
  • Red Wing
  • Sparta
  • Tomah
  • Whitehall