Student teaching is the required culminating experience of the teacher certification process. This is a one semester (six credit hours), unpaid, full-time experience in a local public school classroom. No other courses may be taken with student teaching.
Student Teaching Modules
Formerly "Round Ups" these videos provide critical information regarding student teaching and the application process for student teaching. The links will be live throughout the semester, so you can return to the information as often as needed.
Student Teaching: Planning, Preparation, and Information, Module 1
Student Teaching: Planning, Preparation, and Information, Module 2
Check your Texas State email regularly for updates. This is the official (and only) email address that the Office of Educator Preparation uses to communicate important student teaching requirements.
Student Teaching School Sites
We have partnerships with several school districts in the Central Texas region. Below is a list of school districts we use most of the time. Placements are determined by the availability of school campuses and is subject to change each semester. You will be able to select two district preferences on the student teaching application.
Please use the Texas Education Agency’s Texas School District Locator to map the school districts in the Central Texas area where you might like to student teach.
NOTE: This list changes from semester to semester. Please check the ePortfolio application for the most up-to-date list of districts.
In-Area Partner Districts
Alamo Heights ISD
Del Valle ISD
Dripping Springs ISD
La Vernia ISD
Lake Travis ISD
New Braunfels ISD
North East ISD
Round Rock ISD
San Antonio ISD
San Marcos CISD
Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
Out of Area Student Teaching
Student teaching out of area is subject to departmental approval. Some students may be eligible to student teach in the Dallas or Houston area. Students who are seeking certification in EC-6 ESL Generalist, 4-8 Generalist, or 4-8 ENG/LA/RDG/SST, 4-8 Science/Math and Special Education are eligible to student teach out of area. All other students must first gain approval from both their department chair and the Director of OEP. Due to the changing availability of our student teaching faculty, requests to student teach out of area are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for eligibility.
Student teachers may view a list of available out of area districts when they apply for Student Teaching and on the Key Information PDF that is emailed to each student teaching cohort at the beginning of the semester (check your Texas State email). Questions about student teaching out of area should be emailed to: Student Teaching.
Student Teaching at a Private School
According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), you must complete Student Teaching through a public school accredited by the TEA or other school approved by the TEA for this purpose. Due to the changing statuses of private schools, requests to Student Teach at a private school are handled on a case-by-case basis. If you are seeking to Student Teach at a private school, you must first obtain approval in writing (via email) from your department and the Director, Office of Educator Preparation. When you apply for Student Teaching, you may add a note about the private school, but you must still select two preferences from the list of public school districts in the event the private school option does not meet all the state requirements for the Student Teaching experience.
Student Teacher Calendars
Check your Texas State email regularly for notifications regarding the Student Teacher Calendars.