Student teaching is the full-time capstone experience for all teacher candidates majoring in Initial Teacher Preparation Programs at FIU. The course provides multiple opportunities to demonstrate the competencies learned throughout the candidate’s degree program under the close supervision of an experienced teacher (cooperating teacher) and a university supervisor.
Student teaching lasts a full semester. After the initial orientation period, the student gradually assumes control of the cooperating teacher’s responsibilities for approximately 12 weeks. Student teachers follow the school district calendar to determine days of attendance and are expected to be in attendance all day, every school day, including teacher planning days.
Students in all secondary education majors may request placement during the fall and spring semesters. Student teaching placement is not available during the summer semester.
FIU currently has contractual agreements with the Miami-Dade and Broward County school districts. All placements must be arranged through the Office of Clinical Experiences.