Student teaching provides the candidate with an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills he or she has been developing in the preparation program. Student teaching at NIU involves an on-site experience in a partner school and opportunities for formal and informal candidate reflection on their teaching experience. The on-site teaching portion of this experience can range from ten to sixteen weeks, depending on the program.
To be eligible for assignment in the schools as a student teacher, the candidate must
Student teaching candidates may request to be placed at specific schools and with specific cooperating teachers; however, final placement decisions are made by the program coordinators and the partner schools. These decisions take into consideration the qualifications of the teaching candidate, the availability of qualified cooperating teachers in the school, and the number of student teachers and clinical students currently or previously placed in a school and/or department. Every effort is made to ensure that the candidate has a highly successful student teaching experience.