General Student Teaching Policies

Attendance at Field and University Sites

There is no provision for absence during student teaching. The teacher candidate should be present and prompt each day he/she is assigned to the school. In case of unexpected absence (illness, death in immediate family, or other extreme circumstances), the cooperating teacher, site administrator, and the university representative should be notified immediately. No more than five (5) absences can be made up. All make-up days must be within five (5) days after the scheduled end of the student teaching experience. More than five absences will result in an incomplete or a failing grade. Teacher candidates must sign-in at the time of arrival and sign-out at the time of departure daily.

Site-based attendance may include institute days, report card pick-up days and other activities scheduled at the school site.

Attendance is also required at student teaching seminars that are scheduled on campus. Student teaching seminars are usually held on Wednesday afternoons, but may vary by program. Consult your academic department to verify which day you are expected on campus to attend the seminar.

Attendance is validated using the Student Teacher Time Report document.

Length of Day

Each teacher candidate must remain in the school the number of hours per day required of teachers in the school in which he/she is assigned. This includes parent conferences and other activities related to student teaching. Hours not spent in teaching must be spent engaged in some educationally-related task.

Substitute Teaching

The teacher candidate is not allowed by state mandate to serve as a substitute teacher during the student teaching experience. The cooperating teacher is expected to be available to oversee activities of the student teacher at all times while he or she is interfacing with student learners.


The final grade in student teaching may be an A, B, or F. It is based on successful completion of the student teaching experience and meeting the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, Core Technology Standards, Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and Core Language Arts Standards as evidenced by a passing score on the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) Test.  The final grade is reported on the Student Teacher Final Evaluation Report form found in LiveText.

All candidates must pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) Test in order to receive a passing grade (A or B) for student teaching. Candidates are not permitted to graduate or recommended for teacher licensure if they have not passed the APT test. The deadline to take the test prior to completion of student teaching is:

  • Fall semester student teaching – Final November test date

  • Spring semester student teaching – Final February test date

COE - Grievance Policy - 2011-2012 (pdf)