Elementary Education

Student Teaching

Student Teaching is one of the most essential and valuable components of a teacher education program. Student Teaching provides students the opportunity to practice what has been learned on the university campus and, more importantly, it is an opportunity to continue academic and professional growth.

Student teachers from Utah Valley University are assigned to a variety of locations and grade levels. Great care is taken when choosing the host schools and cooperating teachers to ensure the success of our students.

Students may not solicit schools and/or principals for possible student teaching and/or internship placement. Student teaching and/or Intern placements and selection will be determined by the partnership district and the Elementary Education Selection and Retention Committee.

Student teachers will have opportunities to develop leadership skills working with students in a variety of settings, such as: before and after school enrichment classes and performance activities. Student teachers are encouraged to get the feel of the "school climate" by attending or helping to supervise extracurricular activities and non-classroom activities.

The School of Education mission is to empower candidates to become ethical, knowledgeable, prepared individuals who can assume the role of teacher in elementary and secondary schools as well as prepare them for further career choices and advancement.
A few guidelines for the student teacher:

  • All program classes must be completed before student teaching
  • All Elementary Education course work must be completed with a B- or higher prior to student teaching
  • Classroom Management IV and Capstone courses are taken during the student teaching semester
  • Students may not solicit schools for student teaching placements
  • Students must present student teaching license before student teaching begins

Student Teaching/Field Experience Timeline for Students

Student Teaching/Field Experience Timeline for Cooperating Teacher/Intern Coaches  

Student Teaching Forms