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 are the same for students who are teaching abroad or locally. International student teaching provides a global perspective while fulfilling your requirements for licensure. The tuition for teaching abroad is the same as it would be locally. Other expenses vary depending on the location, amount of personal travel, and the rate of exchange for the U.S. dollar.
Current offerings include Europe, based in Luxembourg, during the fall semester and Australia during the spring semester. Please review the detailed information on the website links before making a decision.
The application process of these programs includes several steps and begins approximately 1 year prior to student teaching. Students are required to attend introductory seminars in the fall, complete a Student Teaching Abroad application, submit a resume, 2 reference letters from faculty familiar with classroom performance, a copy of the DAR, and other program-specific documents. Students must also participate in an individual interview with the Director of Clinical Field Experiences and School Partnerships. Attendance at planning seminars is required.
Currently students may participate in the following programs: