Here you will find information on additional details and options regarding your culminating licenure program clinical experience.
Student teaching is generally available only during fall and spring semesters. The traditional public school schedule does not allow for student teaching during the summer months and the schedule of the year-round schools is not conducive to an appropriate student teaching assignment of 16 weeks.
At application, candidates submit three approved preferences for student teaching placement. Candidates are encouraged to research possible placements via the internet or site observation before submitting their choices.
In keeping with national accreditation standards, placements for licensure candidates are made with teachers who are licensed in Colorado in the appropriate content areas, have a minimum of three years’ licensed experience in their field of specialization, model good professional practice, express a commitment to inducting new teachers into the profession, and are recommended by their principal.
Classroom and school sites are sought which provide candidates opportunities to:
Official student teaching placement requests are made by the Student Teaching Office through the appropriate designated officials, whether at the district office or school building level. Once a request is sent, the student teaching candidate will receive a student request letter outlining the next steps in the process. Please read this letter carefully and explore the district procedures for more information about the process. When the district/school approves the request, the Student Teaching Office will send the student confirmation letter along with the details of the placement.
Please note that student teaching placements cannot take place in:
Teacher candidates must register for the correct student teaching course using accurate course reference numbers (CRN). Errors in registration result in delays in obtaining licensure. Consult the online registration Class Schedule for listings and CRNs.
Check the guide below to verify that you have registered correctly; all students must register for a total of 12 credit hours.
If you have trouble registering, please contact the School of Education Student Services Office at email@example.com for assistance.
Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate student teaching courses:
|Department||Course Number||Credits||Program Area(s)|
|EDS||4290||12||Secondary Education (English, Science, Social Studies), K-12 Education (Foreign Language)|
|ECE||4390||12||Early Childhood Education|
|CLD||4590||6||Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (in addition to 6 credits in initial licensure area)|
|ARTE||4701||12||K-12 Art Education|
|MUS||4971||6||K-12 Music Education (K-6 version) (Music Education Students take MUS 4971 and MUS 4972, concurrently)|
|MUS||4972||6||K-12 Music Education (7-12 version) (Music Education Students take MUS 4971 and MUS 4972, concurrently)|
|MTL||4690||12||Secondary Math Education|
|12||K-12 Physical Education students register for 6 credits each of EDU 4190 and EDS 4290, concurrently.|
*Students under the 2015-16 catalog and later may be required to complete residency in place of student teaching, dpeending on their program.
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) student teaching courses**:
|Department||Course Number||Credits||Program Area(s)|
|EDUM||6190||12||Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education|
|SEDM||6490||12||Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education|
|TEDM||6800||1||Master of Arts in Teaching Capstone Course|
**Note: MAT student teachers must register for the correct student teaching course and the capstone.
Please refer to the Student Teaching Handbook for more information on registration.
Each licensure candidate will be assigned a University Supervisor prior to the start of the student teaching semester. Our supervisor pool is a mix of full-time and affiliate faculty members.
These are the forms you and your University Supervisor will be using during your placement. Please review with your Supervisor which forms they require, as some are optional.
|Daily Class Schedule||To be filled out by the Student Teacher and submitted to the University Supervisor at the initial meeting.|
|Student Teacher Information Sheet||To be filled out by the Student Teacher and submitted to the University Supervisor at the initial meeting.|
|Initial Visit||To be completed by the University Supervisor during the initial visit with the Student Teacher.|
|Journal Entry||To be completed by the Student Teacher and due at each seminar, or as requested by the University Supervisor.|
|Observation Report||The University Supervisor will fill out one Observation Report for each visit made to the classroom.|
|Mid-Term Report||The University Supervisor will fill out one Mid-Term Report half-way through the placement.|
|Final Report||The University Supervisor will fill out one Final Report at the end of the placement.|
|Special Education Checklist||Special Education Student Teachers have additional requirements. Please use this checklist to ensure you've fulfilled your requirements.|
|Social Studies Student Teaching Evaluation||To be completed by all Social Studies candidate's University Supervisors at the end of the placement.|
Throughout creation and development, the Teacher Work Sample is evaluated by the University Supervisor assigned to the Student Teacher. Successful completion of this component is required by MSU Denver for the Approved Program Verification Form which is submitted for licensure. The TWS requirements have been created based on the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards.
Teacher Work Sample (TWS)
Please read through the three sections required for your TWS. You must include one bibliography that integrates all resources cited across the three sections in your TWS. Utilize the style guide most appropriate to your professional discipline and as approved by your university supervisor.
- Teacher Work Sample - Part A
- Teacher Work Sample - Part B
- Teacher Work Sample - Part C
- TWS is the same for all content areas, except Math: Teacher Work Sample - Math
Forms Used During the Teacher Work Sample
The following forms will be used during the completion of the TWS. The University Supervisor will discuss them, along with other requirements, during their seminars.
- Form A: Individual Learning Assessment
- Form B: Selected Groups Learning Assessment
- Form C: Qualitative Learning Analysis
- Lesson Plan Template
- Lesson Plan Template (Secondary SS, Math, Eng., World Lang.)
- Lesson Plan Template (Secondary Science)
- Lesson Plan Template (K-12 PE): Coming Soon
- Lesson Plan Template (K-12 Art & Music): Coming Soon
Teacher Work Sample Rubric for All Areas
The TWS will be graded by the University Supervisor based on the following criteria. The rubric should be filled out and submitted to the Student Teaching Office at the close of the semester.
Students must submit their Final TWS to Blackboard in order to be recommended for licensure. Do not upload until you have received permission from your University Supervisor. Please read the Teacher Work Sample Submission Instructions to ensure you are uploading it correctly. You will not receive an email notification when it has been uploaded; it has been successfully submitted if you are able to see it under your profile in Blackboard.
Blackboard Learn: msudenver.blackboard.com
Congratulations! Now that your student teaching placement is over, there are just a few more steps towards licensure.
Please review the End of Semester Letter we emailed you along with this Process For Licensure sheet which outlines all components that must be turned in to the Student Teaching Office.
Student Teachers are responsible for uploading their Teacher Work Sample to Blackboard Learn. Your TWS must be uploaded to Blackboard by the given deadline in order to be recommended for licensure.
At the end of each semester we ask that the Student Teacher completes online evaluations of their cooperating teacher(s) and University Supervisor(s), as well as a program exit survey. We appreciate your valuable input and feedback! Please note that the evaluation surveys are confidential.
- Evaluation of Cooperating Teacher
- Evaluation of University Supervisor
- Teacher Education Program Exit Survey
It is common for students to ask their University Supervisor for a letter of recommendation after their placement is complete. Please fill out the following FERPA Form if grades, GPA, or other information obtained from Banner will be included in this letter.
Upon successful completion of all student teaching requirements, the Director of Student Teaching signs the Approved Program Verification Form for initial licensure through the Colorado Department of Education. If you are moving out of state, you may provide our office with the appropriate form for that state's Department of Education.
To be recommended for licensure, candidates must:
- Complete all requirements for a bachelor’s degree
- Complete all requirements for the professional licensure sequence
- Pass the appropriate content examination
- Successfully complete student teaching requirements
- Demonstrate proficiency in all licensure standards
Please access the Colorado Department of Education website for the application form for initial licensure.
For your CDE application you will need scanned copies of the following:
- Approved Program Verification Form
- Official Transcripts from all undergrad, post-bacc, and Masters studies
- PLACE/Praxis II test scores