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Decision Point #3 – Recommendation for Student Teaching

The culminating activity in the professional sequence in teacher education consists of a minimum of 15 weeks of full-time student teaching in elementary, middle, and/or secondary schools.  Candidates must complete and have approved a Recommendation for Student Teaching by the designated deadlines: for Fall Semester student teaching assignment is May 1; for a Spring Semester student teaching is November 1.

Admission to Recommendation for Student Teaching form

Download the Recommendation for Student Teaching Form

Student Teaching Outside the Cal U Service Area

Requests to student teach outside of California University's service area must be given in writing by September 30 for a Spring student teaching assignment or by March 30 for Fall a student teaching assignment. Consideration of these placements may be granted for documented family hardship, to participate in an urban experience, overseas experience or if student teaching is part of an online program. All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Request to Enroll in a Course During or After Student Teaching

Student Teaching, with its accompanying, practicum is considered a full-time program for the semester in all programs for certification. Taking a course during student teaching is not recommended due to the high workload required. Plan ahead so you do not need to take a course during or after student teaching. Request to Enroll in a Course During or After Student Teaching

Preparing to Student Teach

Students are required to attend one of the mandatory Student Teaching Intent meetings. Notices of these meetings are posted on this website, emailed to all students, and posters are displayed in the appropriate buildings. If you miss the meeting, please contact Michelle Cheatham.

Mandatory Meetings for SPRING and FALL 2014.  All meetings are in Keystone 205.


September 17th - 11:00 AM

September 18th - 4:00 PM

September 19th - 11:00 AM

September 24th - 11:00 AM