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Student Teaching Application Process

Admission to the Student Teaching Experience:

Student teaching takes place in the final semester for both undergraduate and graduate students. It is a full semester experience (15-16 weeks). It is on the job training – a full day, every day!

Student teaching is the final 9 credits of academic preparation. Only a total of 12 credits will be allowed during your final semester, however, it is strongly recommended that you do not take more than 9 credits.

The student teaching applicant must:

  1. Complete all required academic and professional education courses.
  2. Resolve any incomplete grades prior to student teaching.
  3. Possess a major (or its equivalent) in a content area to qualify for certification.
  4. Undergraduate students must attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Graduate students must attain a 3.0 GPA with no more than six credits below a grade of B-. Candidates must meet content major GPA requirement for graduation. After September 1, 2016 all candidates will  be required to have a GPA of 3.0 to student teach and be licensed in the State of New Jersey.
  5. Register for the student teaching course on WEBstudent (Undergraduates ED-416 8 credits and ED-416S 1 credit, Graduates refer to your academic audit for course code 9 credits) Submitting the student teaching application does not register you for student teaching. Please see your education advisor for approval.
  6. Applicants for New Jersey licensure must pass the appropriate Praxis II Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Test(s).
    • Praxis II Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Test(s)
    • ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) for Spanish or Chinese
    • OPI and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) in English for English as a Second Language (ESL)
    • OPI and WPT in the target language and an OPI and WPT in English for Bilingual/Bicultural
  7. Proof of a passing score must be submitted to the Certification, Field Placements and School Partnerships Office prior to student teaching. Only official score reports from Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be accepted for student teaching and licensure. This requirement is not subject to appeal or exceptions.
  8. If you have been convicted of a crime in this or any other state, you may not be eligible for certification. Please contact our office.
  9. If it is necessary to be considered a full-time student (12 credits) for health insurance, financial aid, etc. please plan accordingly.
  10. Submit proof of completion of Suicide Prevention Training. Training can be completed through a free, two-hour online training at It is designed for teacher in NJ schools. It meets the NJ code requirement and has NJEA approval. Individuals who do the training receive a certificate upon completion. Attach a copy of this certificate to your student teaching application.


The Application for Student Teaching must be submitted to the Certification, Field Placements, and School Partnerships Office in McAllan Hall, room 112. Please stop by the office and pick up an application packet or see your SOE Advisor to obtain a packet.

The student teaching applicant must submit the following:

  1. Completed application
  2. January 2015 WebAdvisor audit
  3. Resume (3 copies)
  4. Suicide Prevention Training certificate of completion
  5. Oral Proficiency Interview (Spanish or Chinese), Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test (English as a Second Language – ESL). A copy of your proficiency certificate must be submitted to the Certification, Field Placements and School Partnerships office prior to student teaching.
  6. Certificate of Eligibility (MAT students only – if applicable)
  7. Bursar Form (Undergraduate students only)