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Title: Becoming a Student Teacher

Becoming a Student Teacher
  • The Application Process

  • The Office of Field Experiences (OFE) supports
    the mission of the School of Education and
    Professional Studies in the preparation of
    professionals for the elementary, secondary,
    special education, and K-12 settings.
  • We look forward to working with you during this
    final stage of your professional program.

Working Collaboratively
  • In order to accomplish this mission, the Office
    must work collaboratively with CCSU
    faculty/departments to ensure that Teacher
    Candidates are prepared to apply principles of
    learning and assessment through a variety of
    technologies to guide our own best practice and
    that of practitioners in the profession.

  • In addition, the OFE must follow the placement
    practices of the school communities we work with
    as well as the mandates of the State Department
    of Education.
  • Students MAY NOT secure their own student
    teaching placements.

The OFE works hard to serve CCSU students
preparing to become Connecticut educators.
  • we make over 400 placements each academic year?
  • we work with over 60 different school districts?
  • we provide regular BEST trainings to Connecticut
    teachers in order to host a student teacher?

Application Deadline
  • All-level disciplines (K-12) including Special
  • February 15 for the fall semester
  • September 15 for the spring semester
  • Secondary and Elementary
  • March 1 for the fall semester
  • October 1 for the spring semester

The Student Teaching Application
  • Applications can be found online at
  • Applications must be downloaded and filled out
    using Word. No handwritten applications will be

Applications also include
  • Copies of transcripts (CCSU and any other
    institution unofficial OK).
  • Letter of acceptance into the professional
  • Current resume.
  • Two essays
  • Autobiographical Sketch
  • Your goals for student teaching
  • Be sure to have your essays proof-read by at
    least two other people.
  • (Sample essays may be viewed in the OFE.)

Application Submission
  • Applications are accepted BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
  • Appointments must be made in person in HB 309a
  • Each appointment is about 15 minutes.

During your application appointment we will
  • Review transcripts to ensure prerequisite courses
    have been taken as well as appropriate grades
    have been earned.
  • Ask you to fill out an additional information
    sheet with your practicum information as well as
    background information.
  • Read through your essays and resume.
  • Answer any questions you may have.
  • Provide you with a Bottom Line information sheet.

What if.
  • I cant find my letter of acceptance?
  • We will ask you to fill out a separate form that
    will enable the OFE to obtain a copy from the
    Deans office.
  • I am missing a transcript?
  • We will accept your application but will not
    begin to make requests until the application is
  • I have an incomplete on my transcript?
  • All incompletes must be clear by a specific date
    before the application will be sent out to

Securing Placements
  • The OFE must work with BEST district
  • The OFE makes requests on behalf of the student.
  • Students MAY NOT secure their own placements.

Placement Notification
  • Students will be notified by the OFE about a
    pending placement. This is done by mail. It is
    important that students keep the OFE informed
    about any change in address or phone number.
  • On occasion, a potential cooperating teacher may
    contact the student first. Should this happen,
    please contact the OFE immediately.

Interviewing with the Cooperating Teacher
  • Placements are not final until the completion of
    a successful interview.
  • Once you receive the placement information,
    students must make contact immediately. Failure
    to do so may result in loss of the student
    teaching placement.
  • Because the OFE works hard to secure placements,
    it is unable to confirm final placements. Student
    should assume the placement is sent unless Holly
    Hollander contacts them. In such cases, the
    cooperating teacher has exercised his/her option
    not to host the student at this time. Holly
    Hollander will contact the student immediately to
    discuss next steps.

First Impressions
  • When meeting your cooperating teacher for the
    interview be sure to
  • Dress for success.
  • Be on time BE EARLY.
  • Have a thank you note ready to go out following
    the interview.
  • Bring work samples that illustrate your work
    ethic and creativity.
  • Show your passion and commitment to the teaching
    profession and children.

For more information
  • Please check the OFE website at
    for application information sessions.
  • These sessions typically take place the first two
    weeks of the semester in HB 212.

Contact Information
  • Holly Hollander, Director
  • Sue Ford, Student Teaching Placement Coordinator