Apply to Student Teach

Dark blue BG. White text: Internship Application Due Dates. Fall leaf icon + text: Fall Start: February 15. Snowflake icon + text: Winter Start: May 15. Plant icon + text: Spring Start: Nov 1

We are excited that you are about to embark upon the final portion of your Teacher Preparation Program. You have worked long and hard and now you will have the opportunity to more fully put into practice all that you have learned. The student teaching internship is a required capstone project for the program and is a state requirement (Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 181-78A-264). The below information is intended to guide you through the internship application and the internship placement processes.

The Placement Process

  1. Apply to student teach by the due date above.
  2. OFE personnel will coordinate a student teaching placement during the term prior to the internship start term. This is a complex process that may take the entire term to complete.
  3. Schedule an interview with school personnel after you are notified via WWU email that your tentative placement has been arranged.
  4. Inform OFE when the interview is scheduled.
  5. Once the interview is completed, inform OFE about the interview status.
  6. Once both parties agree on a placement, the OFE Director and school administrator must confirm and agree to the placement.
  7. Carefully read the confirmation email with next steps that you and your Cooperating Teacher (CT) will receive.
  8. Instructions are available on this website or you can access the same information through this link:  Internship Application Canvas Course.

Sprouting plants with white text: Entry Criteria

  1. Successful completion of all pre-internship coursework.
  2. Successful completion of all pre-internship field experiences.
  3. Adherence to all professional expectations.
  4. Good standing status with the program and university.
  5. GPA requirement must be met.
  6. At least one attempt to pass endorsement content exam prior to the start of full-time student teaching.
  7. Department Chair and faculty approval to student teach.
  8. Current fingerprint and character clearance.
  9. Confirmation of placement made by OFE.

Dark green ivy background with white text: Exit Criteria

  1. Meeting placement time and teaching requirements (start/end dates, hours, and weeks).
  2. Logging all internship hours.
  3. Adherence to all professional expectations.
  4. Current fingerprint and character clearance maintained at all times.
  5. Meet all Washington Standards for Beginning Teachers and program requirements through a progression of increased responsibility including observation, planning, instruction, assessment, and reflection to be demonstrated through successful scores on the IDES (Intern Development and Evaluation System).
  6. Passage of the edTPA.
  7. Timely submission of edTPA Video Guidelines Policy Form.
  8. Timely submission of all original parent/guardian signed OFE/WWU-approved edTPA video permission forms to OFE.
  9. Completion of Pre-Professional Growth Plan (PGP).

Two hands putting puzzle pieces together in background. Text in white: Who makes the placements?

All student teaching placements are made by OFE personnel.

A successful placement requires working with school districts, candidates, faculty, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors while adhering to strict state requirements.

Due to the complexities that go into making each placement, you may not contact school and/or district personnel to arrange your own student teaching placement under any circumstances. Other non-OFE personnel also may not make these inquiries on your behalf.

Map with camera in background. Text: where will I be placed?

Placements are chosen with the intention of:

  • maximizing diverse experiences
  • adhering to program and state requirements
  • expanding opportunities based on your goals and input

See your program information for details and any restrictions that apply to your specific program.

Books in background. White text: Will I be on WWU's schedule?

The start date, end date, and break schedule depend on your program. Some interns do not take WWU's Spring Break due to program length requirements.

Please review your program information for details on your internship sequence. You can also download a program calendar on the Internship Materials page. when calendars for your term become available.

Hand drawing diagram in background. Text: Who will supervise me?

  • Your Cooperating Teacher (CT) will be well-versed in your endorsement area(s) and have 3+ years full-time teaching experience and experience mentoring adult learners.
  • Your University Intern Coordinator (UIC) will collaborate with you and school personnel to aid in successful evaluation, support, and mentorship.

Colorful polaroids in background. Text: Can I be placed in a familiar school?

Candidates may not be placed where they attended school, worked, or have a personal connection. Per State WAC 181-78A-125(1(b) and our memorandums of understanding with school districts, these situations present a conflict of interest that could interfere with objective evaluation.

  • Work does not include program practicum placements.
  • Candidates may not be placed in a school they attended as a P-12 student.
  • Candidates may not be placed where they have a personal connection (friend, relative, or other connection working at or attending the school).
    • If the connection is in one school within a district, other district schools may be considered.
 
Student teaching in a school where you have a personal connection could be viewed as favoritism or inequity. Placements that put any teacher or administrator in a sensitive position endanger future interns' placements and our partnerships.

Colorful paperclips in background. Text in white: Can I request a specific school or teacher?

If a classroom teacher and/or school administrator asks you about possibly student teaching, simply inform them that you will provide this information to WWU. Send that information to ofe@wwu.edu. This does not guarantee the placement.

Colored pencils in background. White text: How do I request an accommodation?

Students with identified disabilities may request reasonable accommodations during student teaching. To request an accommodation:

 
Specific accommodations are determined on an individual basis and are modified to meet the unique needs of the student, the program, and state student teaching requirements.

Accommodation requests are treated as confidential information by OFE personnel.

Hopskotch background. Text in white: Before you apply.

  1. Complete the Canvas course to demonstrate understanding of the application and placement process.
  2. Review your program information page in Canvas or online:
  3. Create your student teaching application using the below guidelines. Your application will consist of a Resume, Cover Letter, Transcript(s), and Signature Page.

Paintbrush and palette in background. Text in white: Application Guidelines.

PART 1: Creating the Application

  • RESUME: Word document, 1-2 pages, readable format/style, and edited for grammar and clarity. View┬áresume development resources.
    • Required: Name and contact information, education, program school-based experiences (do not include CT's name; include school, district, number of hours, and brief description of work)
    • Optional: Purpose statement; additional non-program work with children/youth; brief summary of other types of work; honors, awards, community service; other skills
  • COVER LETTER: self-introduction to a potential CT, Word document, 1-2 pages long, 1.5 or double-spaced, and edited for grammar and clarity. View cover letter resources.
    • Who are you and what are your interests?
    • Why did you choose teaching and this program?
    • What are some professional development goals you have for student teaching?
    • Do not make any statement about the district and/or school you desire for placement. That is not appropriate for this document.
  • TRANSCRIPT(S): Include all undergraduate transcripts (unofficial). MIT students should include unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
    • Access a WWU transcript: open the Total Academic History page found in the Student section of Web4U (accessed through MyWestern). Take a screenshot or use the snipping tool and then copy/paste that to a blank Word document (do not attempt to copy/paste the text directly). Save as a Word document.
  • SIGNATURE PAGE: We must have your permission to share confidential information about you to school personnel.
    • Open the document and carefully read the statement
    • Check the box; sign by typing your name
    • Save as a Word document

PART 2: Putting the Application Together

  • Put the four Word pages together as one document in this order: Resume, Cover Letter, Transcript, Signature Page.
  • You may need to cut/paste to a new blank page but your file must be one final document.
  • Fix any formatting issues and complete a final edit.
  • Save the Word document for your records. Then save as again to create a PDF version of the document to submit.
  • NAME the complete PDF using the correct convention for your program. The term should reflect your internship term, not the term you apply:
Program Format Example
Bellingham ECE LAST.First.PROGRAM.term SAMPLE.Sammy.ECE.Fall 2016
Bellingham ECEL LAST.First.PROGRAM.DUAL.term SAMPLE.Sammy.ECE.DUAL.Fall 2016
Bellingham ELED LAST.First.PROGRAM.term SAMPLE.Sammy.ELED.Winter 2016
Bellingham SEC LAST.First.PROGRAM.term SAMPLE.Sammy.SEC.Winter 2016
Bellingham SPCE LAST.First.PROGRAM1.PROGRAM2.term SAMPLE.Sammy.SPED.ECE Winter 2016
Bellingham SPEL LAST.First.PROGRAM1.PROGRAM2.term1.term2 SAMPLE.Sammy.SPED.ELED.Winter 2016.Spring 2016
Bellingham SPED LAST.First.PROGRAM.term SAMPLE.Sammy.SPED.Winter 2016
Bremerton ELED LAST.First.PROGRAM.term SAMPLE.Sammy.BR.Fall 2016
Everett ELED LAST.First.PROGRAM.term SAMPLE.Sammy.EV.Fall 2016
Everett SEC MIT LAST.First.PROGRAM.term SAMPLE.Sammy.EVMIT.Winter 2016

PART 3: Where do you want to be placed?

PART 4: Submit the application

  • Double-check your program information for specific instructions or restrictions.
  • Email the final PDF versions of the Application & Placement Information Form to ofe@wwu.edu.