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Student Teaching Information


Below you will find a basic overview of Directed Student Teaching, as well as a list of Seminar Dates.
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Overview of Directed Student Teaching
Directed Student Teaching is the culmination of the teacher education program at Aquinas College. This is a minimum fourteen-week successful internship in an elementary or secondary school under the direct supervision of an experienced certified teacher. Longer placements will be required for students completing a “K-12” major. Seminars and weekly journal writing, assigned readings, and full-time teaching are requirements for successful completion of Directed Student Teaching.

Prerequisites for Student Teaching:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and completion of all education, major, minor and general education coursework requirements
  • Approval by the School of Education
  • A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all major, minor and education courses.

Students must apply for Directed Student Teaching. Pre-applications must be filed in the School of Education prior to receiving the Directed Student Teaching application. Applicants will be required to submit a “Statement of Purpose” and resume along with other required forms. Completed Directed Student Teaching Applications are due in the School of Education by 4 p.m. on the following dates:


  • September 15 for a spring semester assignment*
  • January 15 for a fall semester assignment*
  • If the fifteenth falls on a day the college is closed, the deadline will be 4 p.m. on the next business day.

All applicants must go to the School of Education main office, located in the Academic building in room 260, to complete a

pre-application prior to completing and submitting the full student teaching application. You must complete a pre-application prior to the application due date, or your application will be considered late and the late fee of $150 will be required. Please call the School of Education at

(616) 632-2800 with any questions. Students turning in late applications will be assessed a non-refundable $150 late fee. Late applications are not guaranteed consideration for a placement for the desired semester.


We will not be able to accept applications for Directed Student Teaching after 10 business days of the application deadline.

After Applying for Student Teaching

  • An audit of your application will be completed by our School of Education Advisor. An applicant's status may be approved or denied. Approvals are based on the observed field experiences, academic performance, and other relevant factors necessary for a successful directed student teaching experience.
  • Low grades, "Incompletes" or an "F" in required classes will result in an automatic denial.  Refer to policy on “Incomplete” and “F” grades.
  • Prospective student teachers may indicate placement preferences with the Director of Field Placement. The Director of Field Placement arranges all placements.
  • Students are not to contact schools or teachers to set up their own placements - doing so will put the placement at risk.
Seminars for Spring 2015 - Student Teachers:
  Field Supervisors Only:

November 7, 2014, 3 to 5 p.m. OR

November 8, 2014, 1 to 3 p.m.

AB 231
January 7, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m. AB 258
January 14, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m. JLH 234

January 21, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m.

AB 258

January 28, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m. JLH 234
February 11, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m. AB 258
February 18, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m. JLH 234
February 25, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m.

AB 258

March 2, 2015, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FIRE UP! Conference (Required) Location: Grand Valley State University

March 11, 2015 12:45 - 3 p.m. Cedar Springs Middle School
March 18, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m. AB 258
March 25, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m. AB or JLH
April 22, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m. AB 258
May 6, 2015, 6 to 8 p.m. Convocation, Donnelly Center
January 28, 2015, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Private Dining Room - Wege

February 18, 2015, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Inter-rater Reliability:

Private Dining Room - Wege

May 6, 2015, 10:30-11:30 a.m. New placements: Wolfgang's