Anderson, Indiana

Student Teaching

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Student Teaching

Teacher candidates enter into their professional semester after meeting all the requirements of the Anderson University School of Education and Anderson University Liberal Arts requirements (listed in the Undergraduate Catalog). Teacher candidates apply to their professional semester approximately one year from their projected student teaching year. Once it is determined that a teacher candidate has met all of the requirements, he/she will participate in a panel interview to determine his/her readiness for student teaching.

Before student teaching, candidates are required to pass the Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure, Suicide Prevention Training, and CPR Certification.

Throughout student teaching, teacher candidates are expected to demonstrate competencies in the areas of Instructional Strategies, Motivation and Management, Communication Skills, and Assessment.  In addition, teacher candidates must demonstrate proficiency in the following four compentencies:

  1. Teacher as an Instructional Leader
  2. Teacher as a Monitor of Instruction
  3. Teacher as a Classroom Manager and Organizer
  4. Teacher as a Professional Practitioner

All teacher candidates seeking licensure are highly encouraged to participate in an early arrival experience at their assigned school(s) or a school in their hometown. This  experience provides an opportunity for direct involvement in the opening of school when classroom routines and procedures are established.

All teacher candidates will complete a Teacher Work Sample (TWS) during their student teaching experience. This is a performance-based narrative that provides documentation of their ability to  design and implement a three to four-week unit within a content area.  Students teachers must povide evidence of increased student achievement.  Student teachers are required to participate in the Poster Session demonstrating their knowledge of data analysis to improve instruction.

Learn about AU's innovative year-long student teaching program.

International Student Teaching

International Student Teaching is an eight-week placement abroad designed to provide students with experiences in a comprehensive setting for study of the education, cultural expressions, and social issues related to teaching in another culture. This unique opportunity provides students with expanded cultural perspective and cross-cultural skills. Students with an interest in international student teaching must apply through the SOE and once accepted, must apply through the Christian College Teacher Education Coordinating Council (CCTECC).

For further information about Anderson University's School of Education Student Teaching program, please contact Professor Joyce Wehneman, Coordinator of Clinical Experiences & Licensing at or (765) 641-4054.