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Student Teaching & Residency Application Process

Teacher candidates who are nearing the end of their coursework will need to begin preparation for their Student Teaching or Residency*.  For students planning to begin student teaching or residency in Spring 2018 and later, we have implemented a new application process.  Please review the information below to familiarize yourself with the process. 

*Residency is the year-long classroom experience completed by Elementary Education majors in place of student teaching.  Residency is not currently available for any other program.  All other licensure candidates complete student teaching at the end of their program.  


Teacher candidates preparing to apply for student teaching and residency will need the following items and information prepared.

 

Program Progress and Eligibility Requirements

Student teaching will occur in the final semester of your program.  All required coursework, including general studies, major, minor, and/or licensure coursework should be completed before the beginning of the student teaching semester.  Students completing a residency program will need to confirm the appropriate time to begin the residency with their School of Education faculty advisor.  Please review the additional application eligibility requirements for your program level below.


Undergraduate Candidate Eligibility Requirements:

Prior to student teaching, all undergraduate degree-seeking candidates must:

  • Be formally admitted to the teacher licensure program
  • Successfully complete all other college/university program and degree requirements
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all licensure coursework (see the GPA Calculation for Student Teaching page for details)
  • Provide evidence of a passing score on the appropriate Licensure Exam (Art Education and Music Education candidates only)

In addition, secondary and K-12 Art, Music, and P.E. candidates must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 for all content area courses required for licensure (see the GPA Calculation for Student Teaching page for details)
  • Complete all required content area courses in the candidate’s endorsement area

Please note: All required teacher licensure and content area coursework must be completed with a grade of C- or better before student teaching.

 

Post-baccalaureate Candidate Eligibility Requirements:

Post-baccalaureate teacher licensure candidates must have a minimum of nine (9) credit hours of MSU Denver School of Education coursework to become eligible to student teach.

Prior to student teaching, all post-baccalaureate students must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree
  • Be formally admitted to the teacher licensure program
  • Successfully complete all other required teacher licensure program coursework and any other university program requirements
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all licensure coursework (see  for details)
  • Provide evidence of a passing score on the appropriate Licensure Exam (Art Education and Music Education candidates only)

Please note: All required teacher licensure and content area coursework must be completed with a grade of C- or better before student teaching.

 

Graduate Candidate Eligibility Requirements:

Prior to student teaching, graduate candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree
  • Be admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching program
  • Successfully complete all other required Master of Arts in Teaching program coursework
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all licensure coursework

Please note: All required Master of Arts in Teaching coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better before student teaching. A grade of C- does not meet this requirement.

 

State-Required Licensure Exam

Teacher Candidates will need to pass the Licensure Exam(s) required for their program.  Candidates should work with their School of Education faculty advisor(s) to plan and prepare for this exam.  In addition to all other licensure program requirements, candidates must pass all required exams before receiving a recommendation for licensure.  Art Education and Music Education candidates must pass their required Licensure Exam prior to applying for Student Teaching. 

We recommend that you save your score report electronically, as you will need it to apply for your teaching license. Please check the Praxis website early in order to give yourself enough time to prepare for and pass the exam prior to completing your lciensure program (or, in some cases, before you can apply to student teach).

Visit the School of Education Licensure Exam page for details regarding your specific exam requirements, as well as study resource suggestions.

 

Résumé

Teacher Candidates must submit an updated résumé as part of their intent to apply for student teaching or residency.  Below you will find sample résumés and frequently asked questions to help you prepare your résumé.

-> Resume Sample 1

-> Resume Sample 2


Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Résumé:

  • What are some suggestions regarding the résumé?
    • Please review the sample résumé; undergrads/Master's students should include the anticipated date of graduation and licensure; post-bac students should include the anticipated date of licensure.  
    • Include practicum/field experiences.
    • If you have not passed the required Licensure Exam, do not list your score as pending; the content exam score does not need to be listed since all student teachers must have a passing score.
    • Please remember the audience who will be reading your résumé; focus on educational experiences.  It is OK to include past work experience emphasizing transferable skills and highlighting work and educational experiences with children; however, it is not necessary to list all work experience.
    • Career Services can provide help with preparing your résumé.  Call 303-615-1133 or stop by Tivoli 215 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
  • How long can my résumé be?
    • The résumé can be a maximum of two pages. Principals and cooperating teachers consider these reasonable lengths for review.
  • BE SURE TO HAVE SOMEONE PROOFREAD YOUR DOCUMENTS
    • Remember that administrators reading these documents will be deciding if they want you as a student teacher in their school. Content is important; however, spelling and punctuation are also critical. If you feel you need assistance in the content of your writing, please contact the Writing Center at 303-556-6070.

During the first week of Fall and Spring semesters, all teacher candidates admitted to School of Education licensure programs (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate) will receive an email with details regarding a mandatory meeting to which attendence is required to gain access to the online Intent Form for Student Teaching/Residency.  Once they receive the link, the teacher candidate will be responsible for completing the Intent Form on their own. 

Completion of the Intent Form will require:

  • Your Student ID Number (900#)

  • Your program information (major and/or licensure program name)

  • An updated GPA Calculation Worksheet in original digital spreadsheet format (if applicable, not used for K-12 Art, K-12 Music, or Master of Arts in Teaching programs, candidates in these programs will need to provide their current MSU Denver GPA from their Degree Progress Report)

  • Your Licensure Exam scores in PDF format, if completed  (multiple pages/reports must be combined into one PDF document)

  • Your updated résumé (in document format) (see the "Preparing to Apply" slide down content above for more information on preparing your résumé)

  • Having met with your faculty advisor(s) within the past semester

Once the candidate has successfully completed the Intent Form, they will be added to a list to receive the Application for Student Teaching and Residency.  The application will be distributed to each candidate's MSU Denver email address at the beginning of week 4 of the semesterCandidates will schedule an advising appointment with their School of Education faculty advisor  * to complete the application. Applications must be submitted by the end of week 6 of the semester. 

The process to successfully complete the application is as follows:

  1. After completing the Intent Form, candidates (other than residents) should begin researching information on placement school options.  Candidates are expected to have as much information on placement options as possible before meeting with their School of Education faculty advisor* to complete their application. You will need to know district names, school names, principal names, the names of potential teachers, grade level/range in which you would like to teach, and any other pertinent details. 

  2. Secondary Education candidates, K-12 Modern Languages/World Languages candidates, and undergraduate degree-seeking Elementary candidates who are not majoring in Elementary Education will all need to see their major/content area advisors to complete a Major/Content Area Student Teaching Verification Form (Secondary) or a Student Teaching Major Completion Verification Form (Elementary) prior to completing the application with their School of Education faculty advisor. 

  3. During the advising appointment with the School of Education faculty advisor*, the candidate will need to open the application link they received via email in their advisor's office.  This can be done on the candidates own laptop, or, if allowed by the faculty advisor, the candidate can open the link on the faculty member's computer (the email can be forwarded or the student can log in to the advisor's computer to access their email).  Do not attempt to complete the application prior to meeting with the advisor. 

  4. The application will include information submitted via the Intent Form, and the candidate and advisor will review this information together to ensure accuracy.  Next, the candidate and advisor will discuss the placement request choices and enter the information on these placement requests accordingly. Finally, the application can be submitted.

  5. The final step in the application process is for the School of Education faculty advisor* to verify the application.  You will select the advisor's name at the beginning of the application, and an email will be sent to that advisor as soon as the application is submitted.  That email will contain a link to a verification form that the advisor will need to complete and submit online before your application will be accepted. 

*Please note: Art and Music Education candidates meet with their content licensure advisor to complete the application.

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