Each student in the teacher education program participates with a cohort group in classes, field experiences, and student teaching. Each student has the opportunity to participate in a variety of field placements according to his/her subject area and grade level. Student teaching is the pinnacle of the teacher education program and provides the "bridge" between college life and a teaching career.
Student teaching has been an integral part of the teacher education program at Miami since its inception in 1951. All students seeking teacher licensure engage in student teaching over a period of sixteen weeks. Student teaching occurs in cooperating schools that provide practical learning experiences, actual teaching conditions, and professional guidance. The student teaching program is founded on an expanding knowledge base about teaching, learning, and school improvement. Our graduates report that their student teaching experience is challenging, intellectually demanding, and instrumental in preparing them for the real world of teaching. Everyone involved in this program develops personally and professionally.
Applications are due December 2, 3, and 4, in 202 McGuffey. Please read directions.
One of the strengths of Miami’s teacher education program is the opportunity for early field experiences. Depending upon your program, you’ll be placed in classrooms in your first or second year of study. By the time you’re ready for student teaching, you’ll have had a variety of placements appropriate to your licensure. You’ll have had opportunities to work with students in different settings. Our clinical field experience coordinators work with area school personnel to set up the placements for you. Your professors will work together to ensure that your placements provide the real-world experiences that enhance your professional development. Check with your department for any forms you may need.
Miami has one of the few teacher education programs in the nation that offers an international student teaching alternative for students in teacher licensure programs. University guidelines and requirements are the same for students whether they teach at home or abroad. International Student Teaching gives both students and faculty a global perspective on education. Expenses vary according to the location, extent of personal travel, and the rate of exchange for the U.S. dollar. Students who choose this alternative teach in a variety of school settings, depending on the country and semester in which they choose to student teach.
We currently offer programs in Europe, Belize, China, and Australia. Availability of placements, as well as school locations, is subject to change based upon the social climate and other factors outside the university's control. Please review the information on each location before making a definitive selection.
The application process for these programs has several steps and begins a year before the actual student teaching takes place. It involves a written application, recommendations from professors, an interview process, and attendance at scheduled seminars the semester prior to the teaching experience.
Currently students may participate in the following programs: