Download the student teaching application and complete all forms. Return the application
and supporting documentation to Room 204 in Ball Hall by the 1st Tuesday in March
for fall student teaching and 1st Tuesday in September for spring student teaching.
All applications and information can be found on this webpage.
Student teachers should be prepared to begin fall student teaching anytime after August
1st, and spring student teaching anytime after January 1st. Student teachers will
be notified of placements and beginning dates via email the semester prior to student
- Have an overall GPA of 2.75 Undergraduates and 3.0 Graduates.
- Successfully complete all approved pre-student teaching clinical experiences in conjunction
with class work.
- Must take and pass all required Praxis II exams prior to the student teaching semester.
- Must submit passing scores to the Office of Clinical Based Practice 30 days prior
to the first day of student teaching.
- Must have positive evaluations from all clinical experiences.
- Be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program one semester before student teaching.
- All course work required for initial licensure must be finished prior to the student
Student teaching requires the commitment of one semester. The semester is divided
into two placements. Student teachers must be present at their school for the full
day and are required to participate in faculty meetings, PTO/PTA meetings, parent
teacher conferences, etc.
All students must take a professional seminar with student teaching. No other courses
may be taken during student teaching.
University of Memphis Policy dictates that students are required to have diverse clinical
experiences. All student teaching placements are made in accordance with this policy.
Placements are generally made in Memphis City and Shelby, Tipton, DeSoto, Dyer, Fayette,
and Jackson-Madison school districts. Placements in other counties will be considered
Graduate Candidates must have experience at different grade levels of their licensure
- Early Childhood Education majors must have PreK/Kindergarten experience and primary
- Elementary education majors must have an experience at the primary and upper-level
- Middle Grades majors must have one lower middle grade experience and one upper middle
- Secondary Education majors must have an experience at the high school level and middle
- Physical Education, Dance, Music and Art majors must have both a middle/secondary
and elementary placement.
- Special Education majors must have an experience in K-6 and one middle/secondary experience.
- Teaching All Learners (TAL) majors must have an experience in K-6 regular education
classroom and one K-12 modified classroom.
The Cooperating Teacher
Cooperating teachers are selected according to criteria specified by the Tennessee
Department of Education, which include:
- a regular Tennessee License for the teaching assignment,
- at least four years of teaching experience,
- and a history of positive evaluations from their principal or supervisor.
See The Student Teaching Handbook for details, roles, and responsibilities.
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Supervisors
The university supervisor must hold a certification and/or experience in teaching
along with a master's degree and assumes the responsibility for supervising the activities
of the student teacher in the cooperating school. The supervisor works in conjunction
with the clinical practice coordinators.
Professional Liability Insurance
Student teachers are required to obtain professional liability insurance which will
cover them during the student teaching semester. This may be obtained through STEA,
Christian Educator's Network or by a special rider added to a personal homeowner's
policy. Proof of insurance must be presented prior to student teaching.