Student Teachers


In recognizing the professional nature of all student teaching experiences, JMU teacher education programs refer to student teaching positions, rather than placements.  As part of the placement process, student teachers are asked to submit a professional package that includes a cover letter, application form, and resume, and possibly a transcript of their university course work.  They may also be asked to interview with a prospective cooperating teacher and/or principal.  In all cases, however, their materials will be reviewed and evaluated by school division personnel before they are accepted, as professionals, for student teaching positions.


Click on the topics below for more detailed information:


            Criteria for Acceptance

            Application Process and Deadlines

            Placement Process

            Student Teaching Meetings

            Student Teaching Internationally

            Handbook and Forms 


Criteria for Acceptance


To be eligible for student teaching, applicants must:


•  Submit their application by the application deadline


•  Be admitted to teacher education


•  Have satisfactorily completed all prerequisite course work


•  Have passed the reading, writing, and mathematics sections of the Praxis I: Academic Skills Assessments or the verbal and math sections of the SAT ® or the ACT


•  Submit results of a TB screening indicating freedom from TB risk factors.  (Most school divisions now accept the screening in lieu of a TB test. Check with the ESC if in doubt.)


•  Meet any specific school division policies. (Some school divisions have a different TB policy, require an additional application form and/or personal interview, or conduct a background and security check.)  The ESC will provide information about specific school division policies, but students are responsible for completing the additional requirements.


Application Process and Deadlines


Download the student teaching application packet (please contact if you have any questions).


Applications for student teaching are due by October 31.  (If this date occurs on a weekend, applications are due on the preceding Friday.) 


NOTE:  You must submit your student teaching application by this deadline, even if you have not met all student teaching requirements.


Placement Process


After reviewing and approving completed applications, the ESC Director meets with the program coordinators to identify placement options for each student. The ESC then works closely with area school systems to request the most appropriate placements with highly qualified cooperating teachers. In general, you will not be placed in schools that you attended as a student, where any of your immediate family members work or are students, or where you completed a practicum experience.


NOTE: Student teachers may not request positions in specific school divisions, at specific schools, or with specific teachers. 


Placements are requested according to the following guidelines:


•  Local student teaching placements are made in accredited Virginia public and private schools, programs, and agencies within approximately one hour's driving distance from campus.


•  Some programs also place students in northern Virginia, Richmond, and/or Tidewater.


•  Other local and non-local sites may be assigned in accordance with individual program needs.


•  Non-local in-state sites may be available for certain programs. The decision to make out-of-area placements is based on a number of factors including programmatic, financial, supervision quality, and student teacher concerns.


•  Out-of-state student teaching placements are not an option for any program.


Each school system processes applications and secures placements in a unique way, thus the ESC cannot predict when positions will be confirmed.


Student Teaching Meetings


In certain limited situations, students who are already teaching may complete student teaching in their own classroom.  Please contact the Coordinator of Field Experience for information on this option.


The ESC conducts three required meetings to help students get the most out of their student teaching experience.  Please check this website and teacher education bulletin boards across campus for date, time, and location as details become available.



Type of Meeting


Fall Student Teachers

Spring Student Teachers


Specific details about applying for student teaching, writing cover letters, resumes, etc.

Before Oct. application deadline

Before Oct. application deadline


Important information about student teaching placements, paper work, evaluations, etc.

April before student teaching

November before student teaching


Professional conference covering student teaching issues, getting a license, applying for jobs, etc.

October during student teaching

March during student teaching