How to Become a Student Teacher

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Student teachers are education majors or students of other disciplines looking for full-time teaching careers. They teach all or part of a classroom's lesson plans, where they gain valuable hands-on experience. In order to be a student teacher, students must be enrolled in an education program at an accredited university and meet the minimum requirements set forth by the university, and the state's board of education.

  • Enroll in a bachelor's degree program in education that is approved and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education or by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Teachers can also major in the discipline they intend to teach, such as history or math, and take additional education courses.

  • Complete the necessary coursework to be admitted into your school's education program. Some schools require general education requirements to be met before allowing acceptance into the education program, while others admit directly. Once you have been admitted into your program, complete the minimum course requirements set forth by your university and your state's school board in order for you to student teach.

  • Work with your adviser to find a school and a teacher in the grade and discipline you want to teach. Meet with the teacher to assess if you will be a good match. Ask questions about the classroom, school policies and the teacher's classroom style. Once you have chosen a suitable classroom, report this to your school for approval, and begin student teaching.

  • Take any additional required training that wasn't covered at your university, such as first aid, CPR, understanding child abuse and neglect and mandated reporting. You may also be required to have certain vaccinations.

  • Meet with your assigned teacher to learn her expectations of you, and to determine what parts of her lessons you will be teaching or creating. Meet the principal, take a tour of the school and don't forget to iron out small details, like where to park and what kind of pass you might need to enter the school.

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