Content Area Coursework

All content area coursework requirements, including graduate-level content area coursework, must be completed prior to student teaching. A grade of C or better is required for all content area coursework requirements. Remedial coursework and CLEP tests cannot substitute for content area coursework.

DEFER Student Teaching

If extenuating circumstances exist, you may request a deferral of your student teaching placement. Valid reasons would only include health-related issues, change in employment status or employment opportunity, personal hardship, or course related issues. DEADLINE: First day of student teaching.

Extend STUDENT TEACHING Clearance Deadline

Requests to extend the academic clearance deadline for student teaching may be submitted under extenuating circumstances. A valid request, for example, might occur when you have applied to student teach on time but failed a content area test prior to final clearance. If another testing opportunity exists prior to the start of student teaching, you may apply for an exception to complete the requirement and have your clearance re-evaluated. DEADLINE: The prior quarter’s last day to add classes deadline (e.g., for Fall Quarter, the deadline is the prior Spring Quarter’s last day to add classes deadline; Winter is Fall’s deadline; Spring is Winter’s deadline).

OUT-OF-STATE Student Teaching Placement Request

Requests for out-of-state student teaching placements are granted only on rare occasions and require a statement of hardship for consideration. Valid reasons for the request include health-related issues, change in employment status or employment opportunity, personal hardship, or course-related issues. Please note that to ensure proper supervision additional costs may be associated with out-of state-student teaching. DEADLINE: Same as student teaching application deadline.

Student Teaching in an Elementary, Middle School, or High School You Attended as a Student

Students cannot student teach in any school in which they were enrolled as a student within the last 10 years.

Student Teaching in YOUR OWN Classroom Request

In order to apply for this request, you must have at least two years of supervised classroom teaching experience. Attach a completed Application to Student Teach in Your Own Classroom form to the request for exception form. DEADLINE: Same as student teaching application deadline.

Student Teaching Requirements

All program coursework must be completed prior to student teaching. A grade of B- or better is required in student teaching to complete successfully student teaching.

Teaching & Learning Induction Coursework

All graduate students are required to complete their Teaching & Learning (T&L) induction coursework through the DePaul University College of Education. The only exception to this policy is demonstration of out-of-state residency.

Waiving Student Teaching Requirements

Requests to waive student teaching must follow the Illinois State Board of Education student teaching waiver policy.