Student Teaching

Student Teaching Handbook

Student teaching, the culminating experience for the Education student, should take place the semester before graduation. During the academic year prior to the semester a student expects to student teach, an Application to Obtain Approval for Student Teaching must be completed and submitted to the Teacher Education Office by the announced deadline (typically March 1st). Final approval for student teaching is based on the Teacher Education faculty's review of the following: 

  1. Admission to, and Retention in, the UD Teacher Education Program
  2. Application to Obtain Approval for Student Teaching
  3. A grade of C or higher has been earned in each course pertaining to licensure and graduation
  4. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher has been achieved
  5. Obtain an average of 2.0 on the Teacher Education Professional Dispositions form
  6. All required school-based experiences have been successfully completed and documented
  7. Submission of a program portfolio that demonstrates a rating of Met in each of the program goals.
    Deadline for Portfolio submission is April 1st of the academic year prior to student teaching
  8. Attend a minimum of 5 Professional Development Workshops including the required IEP Workshop

The University of Dubuque's Student Teaching Handbook provides a complete description of all policies and procedures related to student teaching. Copies of the Student Teaching Handbook are made available to students at the beginning of the student teaching semester and can be found by clicking here. 

Iowa Licensure
To be eligible for an Iowa teaching license, each Education student must meet the competency requirements set by the Teacher Education Program and be recommended by the University of Dubuque Licensure Officer. Requirements for licensure include:

Requirements for licensure include: 

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  2. Grade of C or higher in all required Teacher Education and general education courses
  3. Completion of the UD core curriculum including the additional physical science and a U.S. History or American Government required by the Teacher Education Program with a grade of C or higher in every course
  4. Demonstrated competency in the program goals through the portfolio and student teaching rubric
  5. State of Iowa Application for Licensure, background check, fingerprinting with the required fees to the Licensure Officer
  6. Baccalaureate degree
  7. Recommendation of the Licensure Officer
  8. Elementary Majors, Passing Score on Praxis II (Also necessary for Graduation)

Note:  The State of Iowa may refuse to issue a teaching license to any individual who has had a teaching license revoked in Iowa or another state, omitting or falsifying information on the licensure application and/or who has been convicted of a felony or certain other crimes. The University of Dubuque cannot guarantee that a student will be eligible to receive a teaching license if any of these aforementioned circumstances apply. 

The University of Dubuque grants the Bachelor of Science degree to Education majors. 

A final, official transcript through the degree-granting institution must verify attainment of all course, program, and graduation requirements before recommendation for licensure can be made. Recommendation for licensure is made on the basis of the program currently filed and approved by the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. It is important to note that programs on file with the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners have authority over any Teacher Education Program which may be described or listed in the University of Dubuque catalog. Each Education student is responsible for knowing, understanding, and fulfilling all program requirements. 

Student Teacher Fees 
Fee for Student Teaching **    $250                                    
Fingerprints (collecting)  $5-10  
Fingerprints (processing)  $65  
Iowa Licensure Fee  $85  
Praxis II (Elementary only)  $150  
**See Student Accounts in Financial Planning about using Financial Aid for this fee