Applying for Student Teaching

Spring 2023 Application Open April 18, Due September 6, 2022

In order to complete the student teaching semester, teacher candidates must provide the Office of Educator Certification with complete application materials. All materials are posted here for those who are academically ready to student teach. If you are not sure if you are academically ready, please contact your advisor and refer to the student teaching requirements outlined in the UNK Undergraduate Catalog.

Notice: The Student Teaching Application for Fall 2022 has closed. If you would like to apply, please contact Lori Frickey to request the application materials.

Completed Application Materials Include the following:

You MUST complete Steps 1-3.
  1. Student Teaching Application – Ask your advisor to check your degree audit before you apply to be sure you are academically ready to student teach.
  2. Personal Data Form -This will be sent to cooperating teachers and supervisors. Sell yourself. This is a snapshot of who you are as an educator and schools will read these when determining whether to accept your placement request. Compose well-thought-out answers in advance. Use the “Tips for Essay Questions on the Student Teaching Personal Data Form” under Resources when composing answers. Check for grammar and spelling errors, use spell check, and ask someone to proof. Be brief, complete, and honest. Keep your message positive. (If you are teaching on a Transitional Teaching Permit, do not fill this out.)
  3. Background Check - The State of Nebraska requires two background checks. One at the beginning of your program and one at the end of your program.
  4. OPTIONAL: Special Request Form - If a teacher candidate wants to student teach at a school that does not meet one of the Student Teaching Placement Rules and Regulations, the teacher candidate must additionally fill out the Special Request Form.

Contact Jane Blum, Director of Field Experiences, blumjj@unk.edu, 865-8416, with questions.