Student teaching is a culminating experience completed during your last semester.

Student Teaching/Internships provide students the opportunity to practice what has been learned on the university campus and, more importantly, to continue academic and professional growth.

UVU Special Education student teachers are placed in a variety of locations and K-12 grade levels. Student teachers are encouraged to get the feel of the "school climate" by attending or helping to supervise extracurricular activities and non-classroom activities. For example, students will have the opportunities to observe the administration of a psycho-educational test of Cognitive and Achievement abilities, attend Individual Education Plan (IEP), Teacher Assistant Team (TAT), 504, Response to Intervention, or Pre-referral Team meetings.

Which one is right for me?


Student Teaching


Guaranteed for EVERY student

Not guaranteed (internships based on district/school needs)

65 days  (440 hours)

Full K-12 academic year

Application Deadlines are 3rd Friday in September for the Spring term and for the 3rd Friday in January for the Fall term

Application Deadline for an Internship is the 3rd Friday in January

Cooperating teacher with you constantly

Mentor teacher with you occasionally

No monetary compensation or benefits

Some monetary compensation & benefits

University evaluations completed during the semester a student completes student teaching

University evaluations completed during the Fall semester of the internship

District selection possible

District selection is not always possible


Graduation date will be end of Spring semester


Internships are only offered Fall to Spring semesters; there are no Spring semester Internships offered


All program classes must be completed by April for Fall Internship

Classroom Management II course is taken during the student teaching experience.

Classroom Management II course is taken during the first part of the Internship

Applies to both Student Teaching and Internship


May result in a permanent position

All Special Education course work and methods courses must be completed with a B- or higher prior to student teaching/internship.

It is recommended that students pass their content area Praxis II: Special Education Core Content Knowledge exam prior to applying for an Internship

Students must present student teaching license by the application deadline

All content classes must be completed with a C or higher before student teaching/internship

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 Field Coordinator.