Secondary 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, grade levels, and subject areas. 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, content area departments, and the Secondary 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, performance activities, student government and various clubs. 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 content classes must be completed with a C or higher before student teaching
  • All Secondary Education course work and methods course must be completed with a B- or higher prior to student teaching
  • Students must take Praxis exam prior to student teaching
  • Students must pass Praxis exam prior to applying for an internship
  • Classroom Management II course is taken during the student teaching semester
  • Application Deadlines are 3rd Friday in September for the Spring term and for the 3rd Friday in January for the Fall term
  • Students may not solicit schools for student teaching placements
  • Students must present student teaching license by the application deadlines

Student Teaching Calendar of Events

Student Teaching Forms

Student Teaching Disposition Survey

Toward the end of your student teaching experience, you should complete the Dispositions Survey. This will allow you to reflect on your performance as a student teacher and it will provide us with valuable feedback on our program. Thank you in advance for taking the survey. You may access it by clicking on the link below.

Disposition Survey