Student Teaching

Student teaching is the capstone experience of teacher preparation. Courses in teacher education have presented you with a variety of ideas and opportunities to learn about teaching. Now it is time for you to put the knowledge, skills, and experience to practice.

Important Dates

  • Apply for fall student teaching during the month of November the year before you will student teach.
  • Apply for spring student teaching during the month of April the year before you will student teach.

Student Teaching Prerequisites

The following conditions must be met prior to student teaching:

  • Been released from General Studies and must have been fully admitted to the teacher education program and satisfied all prerequisites, a full semester (excluding summer) prior to student teaching.
  • Satisfactorily completed all prerequisites and proficiencies and all professional education courses with a grade of 2.00 or better, including methods courses.
  • Have the approval of the chairperson of the department that houses your major.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 on all coursework taken at Appalachian.
  • Have satisfactorily completed with a grade of 2.00 or higher:
    • CI 2300
    • FDN2400
    • PSY 3010
    • SPE 3300
    • CI 3400
    • Reading methods course(s) see departmental requirements
    • Methods course(s) see departmental requirement

In addition to the courses listed above, specific major requirements must be completed with a 2.0 or higher in each course prior to student teaching.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to meet all requirements in your program. You should refer to departmental requirements for additional prerequisites for student teaching.

Other Considerations

You will not be permitted to student teach until you are fully admitted to teacher education, you have satisfied all prerequisites and earned a C (2.0) or higher in designated courses, and you have a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 on all coursework taken at Appalachian.

You must student teach full-time for one semester. A Student Teacher Handbook is available online. The handbook specifies policies and procedures, student teacher expectations, evaluation, grading, and other information relevant to student teaching. The student teacher is expected to follow rules and regulations established by the cooperating school and by the Reich College of Education.

If you are seeking multiple licensure or double/dual licensure at the initial level of entry, a minimum of ten continuous weeks must be spent in a single placement with a minimum of five continuous weeks in the second placement to meet student teaching requirements. You must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete all RCOE requirements in each proposed licensure area.
  • Complete all RCOE requirements including a methods course in each proposed area of teaching.
  • Student teach in each teaching area to meet licensure as required.

Apply for Student Teaching

Apply iconIf you are planning to student teach in either the Fall or Spring semesters of a given academic year, you must attend a Student Teaching Informational Meeting prior to the semester that you will student teach. 

Apply for student teaching through Tk20: Student Teaching Online Application

TK20 is software utilized by Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University in order to comply with accreditation and accountability requirements set by the state of North Carolina and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Explore International Student Teaching

Location iconAre you interested in completing part of your student teaching requirement overseas? Explore International Student Teaching opportunities. 

Student Teaching Handbook

Download iconStudent teaching is designed for complete immersion into the profession. The Student Teaching Handbook is a helpful guide. It is available through AsULearn

Placement Information

Your student teaching placement is directed and coordinated by the Office of Field Experiences. Therefore, you should not attempt in any manner to arrange your own student teaching placement.

The sequential activities designed to produce the appropriate student teaching placements are outlined below:

  1. A placement meeting is held one semester before the actual student teaching experience (early fall for the spring student teaching, and in the early spring for fall student teaching). In this placement meeting, you will be provided additional information concerning placement possibilities and information relating to the Reich College of Education regulations and procedures.
  2. The RCOE placement supervisors will contact the public school placement personnel and together they will select the most suitable placements for you. You are not to contact the public schools at this point.
  3. You will be notified by the Office of Field Experiences of the placement selection in time for you to contact your cooperating teachers and arrange for a visit in your assigned school.
  4. Only under unique and/or very special circumstances will you be placed out-of-area for your student teaching. Few requests for out of area student teaching placements are approved. The two categories which may be considered are extreme hardship (i.e., catastrophic illness of family member which necessitates relocation) or unique teaching experience requested (however, in most circumstances, the college's current service region can meet requests without moving out of area). Requests made for either of these categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students seeking out of area placement must do the following:

Submit a written request one year in advance of student teaching to the Assistant Dean of the Reich College of Education; the request must include a detailed rationale and an indication of whether the student is applying for a hardship or a unique teaching experience placement. A form for the request is available in the Office of Field Experiences, RCOE 404. The request must be approved initially by the student's advisor and the chair of the department in which the student's program is located.

Student Teaching Districts

During the informational meeting for Student Teaching that takes place the semester before you student teach, you will be asked to choose 3 schools and districts at which you could possibly student teach. 

  • Alamance        
  • Alexander        
  • Alleghany        
  • Ashe               
  • Asheville City
  • Avery              
  • Buncombe       
  • Burke              
  • Cabarrus         
  • Caldwell
  • Catawba          
  • Chapel Hill/Carrboro City
  • Cleveland        
  • Davidson         
  • Davie              
  • Durham           
  • Elkin City
  • Forsyth            
  • Gaston            
  • Guilford           
  • Henderson
  • Hickory City
  • Iredell              
  • Johnston         
  • Kannapolis City
  • Lincoln            
  • McDowell         
  • Mecklenburg    
  • Mitchell            
  • Mooresville Graded School District
  • Mount Airy City
  • Newton-Conover City
  • Randolph         
  • Rowan             
  • Rutherford
  • Stokes             
  • Surry               
  • Union County
  • Wake              
  • Watauga         
  • Wilkes             
  • Yadkin