Field Experience Student Teaching & Practicum
If you are pursuing a teaching degree you are required to successfully complete 8-16 student teaching credits.
The Student Teaching Application is located in TK20. Please review the directions for completing the student teaching application in TK20 before you start.
Application Due Dates
- Spring semester student teaching: October 1
- Fall semester student teaching: February 15
All students must be admitted to SARTE to be eligible for student teaching.
- Student teachers must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Early Childhood, Elementary & SPED) or 2.5 (Secondary and K/12) at the time of application. We will not be able to wait until the end of the semester to see if a student is going to be able to raise her/his GPA.
- If the GPA falls below the required minimum after the application is received, student teaching will be deferred to a semester in which the GPA is at or above minimum requirements.
- All courses required for the major must be completed or in progress at the time of application. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses required for the major.
- If a student receives a grade below C- during the application semester, the course will need to be repeated and student teaching postponed. The student or advisor will notify the Field Experiences Office, as soon as possible, if this should happen.
- Successful previous field experiences must be documented. If a student has an unsuccessful field experience the semester before student teaching, the Field Experiences Office may postpone student teaching.
- Evidence of positive professional dispositions must be documented. This is part of the Student Teaching Application in TK20.
Once You Complete the Student Teaching Application
- You must complete the Student Teaching Orientation and attend the University Supervisor Meeting. Dates for these two events will be communicated to students through email.
- Enroll in liability insurance and provide documentation.
- Order a name tag.
- Complete a background check.
Please contact Lynn Mahlum with any questions.
You must apply for liability insurance prior to your first field experience and reapply every August until completion of the teacher preparation program.
National Education Association Aspiring Educator Membership
If you are covered for professional liability in a school setting from another insurance provider, please provide a copy of the insurance card and section of policy indicating your coverage.
Add Insurance Documentation to TK20
Once you have enrolled for liability insurance upload the documents into TK20.
- Log in to TK20.
- Once logged in, search left side of screen and find Field Experience, click on this to see the possible placement/s you have.
- Click on the BLUE title of the placement.
- Once opened, select the tab stating Liability Insurance and/or Proof of Insurance.
- Open that tab and upload your documentation.
- DO NOT click on submit (that will submit the whole binder which you do not do until the semester is over)!! Only click on the SAVE button!
Order an official MSUM Name Tag from the MSUM Bookstore. Please read carefully through all instructions before you begin the order.
Name Tags need to be ordered through the MSUM Bookstore website. You can pick it up in the bookstore (shipping will be adjusted to $0) or you can have it shipped to your address (shipping will be adjusted to $3). Make sure you have the correct address when placing your order.
- On the first page, enter 1 quantity, add to cart and then click on checkout. If you haven't created an account, it will ask you to create one.
- The next page will have the shipping info at the bottom. Please select "pick up in store".
- Then the text box below labeled "SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS" type (Mr./Ms./Mrs.) (first name) (last name) then MSUM Teacher Candidate - **if this is too long, then drop your first name.
- When you enter this, it may appear as if it will print all on one line, it will not, the title will be on the 2nd line
- Continue to payment information
Minnesota State University Moorhead has partnered with Castle Branch to manage your background check needs:
How it works:
- Go to the Castle Branch Student Portal:
- Select: Place Order
- Select: Teaching & Learning
- Select: Appropriate package:
- Introduction to Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Inclusive Education
- Special Education
- Secondary/K-12 Education or
- Student Teacher
- Enter all required information — it is important to disclose any charges that could potentially be on your record.
- Previous address information is necessary. If you do not know the exact address, please be sure to include the county of residence.
- Processing will take 48-72 hours, so place your order well before you need to attend Practicum/Student Teaching.
- Information will be shared with your school — YOU DO NOT upload this to DIARY, the field experiences office will upload the information.
- Cost is $55.50 for full Background Check.
- If there is a problem with the link above, contact Castle Branch Service Desk at 888-723-4263.
Placement Options Available to Student Teachers
Placements in the immediate area:
- Moorhead, Fargo
- West Fargo
Placements outside the immediate area but not considered “out of the area:
- Lake Park & Audubon
- Detroit Lakes
- Fergus Falls
- Pelican Rapids
- Others must be within 60 miles of Moorhead
Out of the area placements
Placements considered “out of the area” are more than 60 miles outside of Moorhead. Special permission plus an extra fees are required. See Lynn Mahlum at least one semester before student teaching if you need a placement in an area that is more than 60 miles from Moorhead.
- Aldine, TX
Aldine, Texas is 15 miles north of Houston. Preschool-Grade 12 options are available. This is a very diverse school district, and has been recognized nationally for student achievement and academic performance. See Lynn Mahlum one year prior to student teaching if you are interested in Aldine.
We have several sites available for student teaching abroad:
- South Africa
See Lisa Staiger one year prior to student teaching if you are interested in Student Teaching Abroad.
Professional dispositions means the values, commitments and professional ethics that govern how a teacher acts with students, families, colleagues and communities. CAEP 2019
In rare cases, student teaching requirements can be appealed. There are two main appeal issues. An appeal does not mean that you will automatically be given permission to waive these requirements; it only means that a committee will hear your appeal.
The two issues:
- If you want to student teach outside of the areas in which we typically place student teachers
- If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for student teaching
Please make an appointment to see Lynn Mahlum to discuss your appeal and receive the paper work.