Student Teaching

Elementary and secondary candidates student teach during the fall semester senior year and attend a weekly seminar. Music Education students may student teach during the fall or spring semester senior year. A ninth semester option at reduced tuition is available to all candidates, except those participating in the Chicago Semester Program. 

Student teachers are placed within Bloomington-Normal and communities within a 50 mile radius. Student teachers are responsible for their own transportation and any concurrent expenses. Candidates are not placed in a previously attended elementary or secondary school, or in a school where a relative is currently employed. There is an option for student teaching in Chicago through the    Chicago Semester program. Applications for the Chicago Semester are due in January of the Junior Year.

Candidates for student teaching must meet all requirements specified in the TEP handbook. The policies, procedures, and responsibilities for everyone involved in the student teaching experience are detailed in the Student Teaching Handbook. 

Handbook 

Student Teaching Handbook 

Please note that references to the COVID-19 pandemic are listed in red. For specific questions involving accommodations that may be implemented as a result of COVID-19, contact the Director of Teacher Education, Irv Epstein, iepstein@iwu.edu, Jen Crider, the Director of Field Placement, jcrider@iwu.edu, or Dr. Colleen Herald, Assistant Director of Teacher Licensure and Assessment at cherald@iwu.edu

Cooperating Teachers

IWU Supervisor Forms

Student Teacher Links

Standards and Program Requirements

Illinois Wesleyan University teacher candidates provide evidence of meeting the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IPTS) throughout their professional education and major coursework. 

The Illinois Learning Standards establish expectations for what all students should know and be able to do in each subject at each grade.