Student Teaching Admissions
All students desiring a teaching license must complete a minimum of 15 weeks (75 days) of enhanced student teaching that includes placements in two different school settings and at two different grade levels. Students will be placed in local school districts in Tennessee. Your student teaching experience, whether fall or spring semester, will include an opening of school experience which can be crucial for classroom management. While you are student teaching, your scheduled will follow the calendar of the public school. Please plan accordingly as the public school holidays might be at different times than TNU.
During student teaching you will be informally and formally assessed by your cooperating teacher and formally assessed by your university supervisor five times in each placement. Both your cooperating teacher and university supervisors will use an instrument aligned with the state assessment system.
If difficulty arises during the student teaching experience which causes sufficient doubt as to satisfactory completion of student teaching, as assessment interview will be called. Such an interview could lead to: 1) removal from student teaching; or 2) an additional student teaching experience; or 3) a decision not to recommend the teacher candidate for licensure.
Transition License (Post Baccalaureate)
Transitionally Licensed teachers must complete a minimum of one year (200 days) of successful teaching. During that time, all district evaluations must be favorable. The university provides a mentor for the teacher during the entire first year. The school system completes all formal evaluations as the transition teacher has been hired by the school as a teacher of record. If university requirements are not met, the transition teacher must drop from the program and discuss resignation with the school system.