Applying for Student Teaching

  • Application opens December 1, 2017
  • Deadline to apply for substitute certificate to receive it in time to submit: December 25, 2017
  • Deadline for Application: January 22, 2018
  • Deadline for submitting documents: February 5, 2018
  • Deadline for valid background check: Completed later than December 15, 2018
  • Deadline to pass the required MoCA exam(s): July 2, 2018
  • If you miss a deadline, you will be ineligible to student teach.
  • Meet all course related qualifications for your degree (may include courses in which you are currently enrolled).
  • Have the required overall 2.75 GPA and the required content 3.0 GPA.
  • Have a valid Missouri Substitute Certificate and Missouri Background Check on file with Southeast Missouri State University (see the Substitute and Background Check sections for further information).
  • Complete application and upload all required documents (outlined further in this site).
  • If you do NOT do each of the above, your information will NOT be submitted for student teaching placement.
  • Reminder: You must have provided evidence of having passed all MOCA required for your certification areas at least one month prior to student teaching.

If a student fails to meet any of the criteria for approval into the student teaching program, they have a right to appeal to the Associate Dean of the College of Education. A student must fill out a formal student teaching appeal form and submit it to aelincoln@semo.edu. Follow this link for the appeal form. Student appeals are due at the time of application for student teaching, or immediately following failure to maintain the standards for student teaching after initial approval for a placement. No appeals will be accepted to enroll in EX390 concurrent with student teaching.

  • Substitute Certificate: If you do not already have a sub certificate, follow the instructions on this page:http://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/checklist-substitute-teachers. Take note of the following:
    • Apply for your substitute certificate immediately. It may take several weeks to process.
    • In order to obtain a substitute certificate, you complete a fingerprint background check specifically for DESE. You cannot use background check results that you have had sent to Southeast Missouri State University. DESE is a different entity and, therefore, requires its own Fingerprinting Background Check.) The DESE code for fingerprinting is 2301. DO NOT USE THE SOUTHEAST CODE!
    • For information on sending the required copy of your official transcripts to DESE, go here: http://www.semo.edu/registrar/transcript.html
      • When ordering your transcript online, 
        make sure to choose *Business or Individual.
        Then choose *Mail.
        Then type in:
        Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
        P.O. Box 480
        Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
    • Check your DESE profile periodically for confirmation that your sub certificate has been issued.
    • Once you have your certificate, upload it as a PDF to Redhawk.
  • If you have any questions concerning applying for a sub certificate, contact DESE.
  • If you have professional liability insurance
  • If you do not have professional liability insurance, one option is MSTA. You can follow this link for more details.
  • Upload the proof of liability insurance with all other documents.

This is an opportunity to introduce yourself and provide some information that might help the administrator or teacher who is reading it make a decision. If it is poorly written, this may be the only document that is read. You need to sell yourself here. Also, this is where you can provide some context for potentially damaging details (e.g. that low-GPA semester during which you had mono.) Limit to 1 page. (example)

Philosophy of Education. Describe your philosophy of education. Consider having the Center for Writing Excellence (Kent Library, Room 412) review this for you, since it will be sent to schools with the rest of your application packet. Limit to 1 page. (Attach an example)

  • Check your Degree Audit to make sure all courses are met before saving.  If not, contact your advisor ASAP.
  • Use the “Save as PDF” button at the top of your Degree Works page.
  • View Instructional Sheet
  • Watch the Video
  • All teacher candidates must have the results of a current (completed within the last 12 months) TB test on file. You can get a TB test at the Campus Health Clinic (Crisp Hall, Room 101), your personal physician's office, or your home county health service. Once you receive your results, scan them and upload them.
  • The TB test takes 3 days to process and requires two visits to the clinic.

Consider having Career Linkages (University Center, Room 206) review this for you since it will be sent to schools with the rest of your application packet. Try to limit to 1 page, but 2 pages is acceptable if there are relevant experiences that need to be included. (example 1) (example 2)

Scan all three letters into one PDF document and upload it

  • Your documents will be ready for upload in Redhawk approximately one week after your Application has been submitted.  Do not attempt to upload prior to this time.
  • Go to this link to upload your documents: http://cstl-coe.semo.edu/fieldexperiences/index.php
  • Once you have submitted all of these documents, your application packet will be sent to the Field and Clinical Experiences Office. You will NOT be considered for placement until that point.
  • View Instructional Sheet
  • Watch the Video

Must pass all required MOCA exams at least one month prior to the student teaching semester.

  • Ensure that your background check will cover you throughout the student teaching semester. In order to be eligible to student teach, you must have an FBI background check that is dated one year or less from the last day of your student teaching semester. You may demonstrate this in one of two ways:
  • If your substitute certificate (through DESE) has an “Effective Date” that is within one year of the last day of your student teaching semester, you may simply use your substitute certificate as evidence that you have completed the appropriate background check.
  • If your substitute certificate has an “Effective Date” that is earlier than one year from the last day of your student teaching semester, you must complete a new FBI background check by following the directions at: http://www.semo.edu/studentteach/background-check.html.
  • St. Louis Placements ONLY: You will also need to complete the Missouri Background Child Abuse and Neglect Screening (at no additional charge).
  • Placements: All placements are made by the Field and Clinical Office.  Students are NOT to contact the schools for placement information.  Watch this presentation
  • Students can log into Redhawk to see their placements.  If no placement is showing, the Office of Field and Clinical is still working on confirmation of placement. Check Redhawk weekly for placement updates. (Placements will not be discussed over the phone)
    • Note: The Office of Field and Clinical has a perfect record of placing ALL candidates.  You will be placed.
    • If the Office of Field and Clinical is unable to place you in your top two district choices listed on the application, you will be placed in a district that is within a 30-45 minute radius of the address you listed on your application.  
      • Family: If you have immediate family working in a school within a district you put on your application, notify fieldexperiences@semo.edu.While you can be placed in the same district, you cannot be placed in the same school building.
      • Additional Classes: Additional classes during student teaching are not permitted without permission from the Director of Field and Clinical Experiences. (This does not include EF400 or CL004).
      • To appeal to take classes during student teaching, email bhepler@semo.edu a formal letter explaining the need by the date the Application Packet is to be submitted.
      • Substitute Teaching: During student teaching, you are a student of Southeast Missouri State University, not an employee of the school district.  If your mentor teacher cannot be at school, the district should get a substitute for the classroom.
      • Working: While keeping a personal job may be necessary, it is advised that you take a break from your job during student teaching if you can.  Student teaching requires at least the same number of hours as a full time job.
        • You also cannot get paid for any job at the school you are placed in during the regular school hours. 
  • Watch this Presentation
  • Candidates are expected to contact their mentor teacher the same week they get the placement information. mentor teachers are expecting this.
  • Candidates should introduce themselves and inquire as to when the mentor teacher would like the candidate to begin their teaching experience the next semester.
    • Candidates are required by the university to begin student teaching the day after Orientation, however, they can start in the classroom early if the mentor/school district desires.
    • Candidates need to make sure the mentor teachers are aware of the Triad Seminar and make arrangements to meet and sit together at this meeting. (see meeting link)
      • If the teacher candidate starts early, he/she is still expected to be in the classroom for the entire 16 week semester according to the university calendar.  (University supervisors will not begin supervising until the official start of the semester, therefore your time will not officially start until that time)  Candidates can, however, use that time incase an emergency occurs during the semester which requires them to be absent (a valid excuse must be used in these cases—see handbook).
  • If you want to be placed outside of the regional area where we place teacher candidates, you will have to meet the following criteria:
    • The candidate is married before the student teaching semester begins and the spouse is required to live outside the area for employment, military commitment, or to continue enrollment in a university outside the service area.
    • A hardship exists due to a serious, long-term illness of a member of the immediate family which would require the candidate to relocate immediately.
    • Another documented hardship exists as determined by the Director of Field and Clinical Experiences.
  • Failure to meet these criteria will result in a denial of request for a courtesy placement
  • Triad Seminar
    • Teacher candidates, mentor teachers, and university supervisors, will participate in a series of team building activities as well as hear the same message of all expectations in the same setting.
    • Attend only one meeting.  Three meetings offered: St. Louis, Malden, and Cape
    • Takes place the first day of the semester from 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • For questions about the application process or eligibility for student teaching, contact Ms. Alicia Lincoln (aelincoln@semo.edu).
  • For questions about placementsor student teaching policies, contact Mrs. Anita Sides (Technical Assistant): asides@semo.edu 573-651-2125

Frequently Asked Questions

No. You will take EF400, but that is the only class students are to take during student teaching.

Yes. Just know that student teaching is a full time job in itself. We do not recommend working during this experience.

No. The Office of Field and Clinical is the only office who is to contact the school districts for field placement.

  • If you meet one of the following criteria:
    • The candidate is married before the student teaching semester begins and the spouse is required to live outside the area for employment, military commitment, or to continue enrollment in a university outside the service area.
    • A hardship exists due to a serious, long-term illness of a member of the immediate family which would require the candidate to relocate immediately.
    • Another documented hardship exists as determined by the Director of Field and Clinical Experiences.

No. You are a student of the university during this experience, not an employee of the district. If your mentor teacher cannot be at school, the district should get a substitute for the classroom.

Contact

573.651.2125
fieldexperiences@semo.edu
Scully Building 308

Clinical Experiences Office
One University Plaza, MS5600
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701