Student teaching has been an integral part of the teacher education program at Miami since its inception in 1951. All students seeking teacher licensure engage in student teaching over a period of sixteen weeks. Student teaching occurs in cooperating schools that provide practical learning experiences, actual teaching conditions, and professional guidance.The student teaching program is founded on an expanding knowledge base about teaching, learning, and school improvement. Our graduates report that their student teaching experience is challenging, intellectually demanding, and instrumental in preparing them for the real world of teaching. Everyone involved in this program develops personally and professionally. - Office of Student Teaching and Field Experience
You will first turn you application (linked below) to either Dr. Danker or Dr. Baer to review it alongside your DARS as well as discuss your placement preferences for student teaching. Once you complete this step, your application will be submitted to Jan Benes in Teacher Education (by Dr. Danker or Dr. Baer).
In order to find you the best placements, you will need to fill out the STUDENT TEACHING SURVEY prior to your application year. This survey goes to art education faculty who work to find you placements based on your preferences. You are able to resubmit changes at any time on the same form.
You are invited to consider the Over The Rhine location as well which is connected to the Urban Teaching Cohort Program in the College of Education (see OTR residency program attachment below). Check out the linked information and contact us to pursue any interest in it. There has also been published work from the project in Over the Rhine. Check it out!
applied, registered, now what?
It is HIGHLY recommended for you to begin your first student teaching placement when the public schools start back after break. There are many reasons for this, but mainly to familiarize yourself with your teacher, school, curriculum and start fresh with them. This gives you more time to start planning your edTPA. Since many of you will have elementary placements first, it will be important to be very organized, since you will likely only see your students once a week (and your edTPA unit is a series of lessons).
From the very beginning of your art education experience at Miami, you will be asked to consider what we call teaching dispositions. This is a set of expectations for various aspects of teaching professionalism for both classroom and field experience contexts. See the document to the right for the format that will be used to assess your teaching dispositions.
FAQ's (Frequently asked questions)
When should I student teach?
Student Teaching should be the final semester before you graduate. Work with your advisor to set up a schedule to figure out your individual plan.
When and how do I apply to student teach?
You apply for student teaching a year ahead of time, using the application attached on this page. You will submit your application to Dr. Baer or Dr. Danker during an advising meeting to discuss placement preferences.
Do I need a background check for student teaching?
Yes. This is something that can be done at the university police department and can be charged to your bursar account. It is valid for one year, so if you had one done last year for field experience in the schools, they require you to have another one after a calendar year. Jan Benes in the Education Dept. needs to have a copy of results.
Can I student teach abroad?
Yes. Student have gone various places to student teach and Miami has partnerships set up with specific locations. Keep in mind the first half of your student teaching must be in Ohio as you are working towards Ohio certification. This also allows you to complete your edTPA on time before an international placement. Click here for more information.
Can my student teaching abroad count for my global perspectives credits?
Yes, HOWEVER, you cannot "double dip" your capstone course (student teaching). So, if you choose to count your student teaching towards global perspectives credit, you must also do an alternative capstone.
What lesson plan format do I use in student teaching?
You can use the format taught in the art methods courses (recommended), or your cooperating teacher's format, or a format suggested by teacher education.
How do I apply for licensure in Ohio?
Once you've completed your Art Education program including the required testing (004, 006, edTPA), you can apply for licensure in Ohio. Here is a link to their site. Do not apply for licensure prior to graduation or it will be denied. It usually takes a couple weeks for the electronic processing. ODE no longer mails the license to the applicant. The individual will go into the ODE web site and print a copy.
Click here for more information about licensure.
What if I want to teach in another state?
Get your Ohio license first. It's easier to transfer your license from Ohio since your program of study was in Ohio. Each state has a slightly different procedure for teacher licensure. Check on the state education department website for information. In most cases, you can transfer your Ohio licensure to another state once you are hired.