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 in all Professional Education Sequence courses including all EFRT courses, HERS 204, and SPED 300. K-12 and 5-12 majors must also earn a "C" or better in EDUC 429 and EFRT 449. Rochester campus students should communicate with their academic advisors to learn which courses in their program are part of the Professional Education Sequence.
  • Completion of formal application materials one year in advance of the student teaching semester
  • Pass the MTLE Basic Skills (Reading/Writing/Math) tests. It is also a good idea to take and pass the Pedagogy and Content MTLE tests before you student teach. Note:If you have taken the ACT Plus Writing and received a composite score of 22 or higher, then you do not need to take the MTLE Basic Skills exams.
  • Documentation of professional liability insurance
  • Admittance to teacher/professional education
  • Criminal Background Check

Applications are due approximately 10 months before you will student teach. They are due November 1st for fall placement the following year and April 1st for spring placement the following year. 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 (Winona): one 16 week placement
  • Elementary Major (Rochester and Austin): one 6 week placement in the fall and one 10 week placement in the spring
  • 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, WI
  • Arcadia, WI
  • Cochrane-Fountain City, WI
  • Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (G-E-T), WI
  • Independence, WI
  • Lake City, MN
  • Lewiston-Altura, MN
  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville (P-E-M), MN
  • Wabasha-Kellog, MN
  • Winona, MN

Region 2 includes the following school districts:

  • Caledonia, MN
  • Holmen, WI
  • Houston, WI
  • La Crescent-Hokah, MN
  • Onalaska, WI
  • Rushford-Peterson, MN
  • West Salem, WI

Region 3 includes the following school districts:

  • Austin, MN*
  • Byron, MN
  • Chatfield, MN
  • Dover-Eyota, MN
  • Kasson-Mantorville, MN
  • Pine Island, MN
  • Rochester, MN
  • St. Charles, MN
  • Stewartville, MN
  • Zumbrota-Mazeppa, MN

*Not available for Special Education placement.

Region 4 includes the following school districts:

  • Farmington, MN*
  • Hastings, MN*
  • Rosemount-Apple Valley-Egan (RAVE), MN
  • South Washington County, MN*
  • Minneapolis, MN*

*Not available for Special Education placement.

Region 5 includes the following school districts:

  • Anoka-Hennepin, MN
  • Spring Lake Park, MN*

*Not available for Special Education placement.

 The Southeast Minnesota Education Consortium Partnership region includes the following school districts:

  • Grand Meadow
  • LeRoy-Ostander
  • Southland
  • Glenville-Emmons
  • Lyle

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

  • Lanesboro, MN
  • Minnetonka, MN
  • Osseo, WI
  • Pepin, WI
  • Red Wing, MN
  • Sparta, WI
  • St. Paul Charter, MN
  • Tomah, WI
  • Whitehall, WI
  • Lacrosse, WI
  • Owatonna, MN
  • Educators Abroad