Student Teaching is the capstone course of the teacher education program at Rust College. It is the single most
important experience in the teacher preparation process as it ties together all the previous theory, strategies and skills learned in the college classrooms to the field experiences in the public schools. During this sixteen week experience the student teacher observes, assists, and gradually assumes responsibility for the classroom instruction under the supervision of the cooperating teacher and the college supervisor. Through student teaching the pre-service teacher experiences the many facets of a professional teacher's role and gains a deeper understanding of teaching students and how classrooms and schools operate. The following requirements must be met to be considered for student teaching:
A meeting will be conducted during the third week of the second and fourth modules. A notice will be posted and
the meeting announced in all education classrooms. Applications will be distributed and explained at that meeting.
The procedures prior to being admitted to student teaching will be covered in detail. An application for admission to student teaching may also be secured from the Division of Education office. Completed applications should be submitted to the Division Chair.
The application may be filed up to two semesters preceding the term in which the enrollment will be sought, but no later than the following deadlines: April 1 for enrollment in student teaching in the following fall term, and November 30 for enrollment in the following spring term.
The faculty of the Division of Education will review all applications based on listed criteria and notify students of actions taken. Applications for student teaching may be approved unconditionally or conditionally, pending the completion of course work or the application may be deferred or denied on the basis of standards cited. Only students approved unconditionally for admission may enroll in student teaching. There is a $50.00 laboratory fee for student teaching.
Approval for admission to student teaching is based on satisfactory completion of the following criteria:
· a scholastic average (CGPA) of 2.50 or above in all coursework attempted;
· a grade of "C" or above in all professional and specialized coursework;
· completion of all coursework and requirements for graduation appropriate to the certification area;
· passing both parts of Praxis II and/or completion of all standardized examinations as described by the
Mississippi State Department of Education.
These examinations must be taken before a student may enroll for student teaching;
· a satisfactory record of conduct, character, mental and physical health verified by two letters of
recommendation and a statement of good physical health from the school nurse or private doctors;
· no full-time job or other major commitment of time or effort; and
· a satisfactory recommendation from the assigned advisor in the students' major field of study.
Placement for Student Teaching
While every effort will be made to place students in student teaching situations which will give them the best
training experiences, it should be understood that individual school districts have the right to accept or reject
students according to their standards and practices.
Students may be placed in public or private school systems. Schools used for placement must be accredited by the State Department of Education. These schools and districts should be within a maximum two-hour drive from the College. Student teaching consists of 16 weeks of coursework. A minimum of 16 weeks will be spent in a classroom under a trained cooperating teacher. Student teaching may be scheduled during students senior year only.
Performing Student Teaching
Candidates for student teaching shall arrange their program so as to remain in the student teaching training situation for 16 weeks. In some cases, a special supervisory fee ranging from $50.00 to $100.00 may be charged by the authority of the school district concerned. This fee is not to be confused with the $50.00 laboratory fee required by the College. Students who bring discredit upon Rust College and/or the Division of Education by their conduct as student teachers will be dismissed from the teacher education program.
Completion of Student Teaching
Every prospective teacher education major will be examined by the Academic Division in their respective
certification area to ascertain their readiness for teaching. Each candidate will submit a performance portfolio which includes a multimedia presentation of the student teaching experience, an assessment unit and an electronic copy of the portfolio. The guidelines for the portfolio are listed in the syllabus for the class but must include documentation of student performance in compliance with Division of Education periodic evaluations, INTASC, NCATE, TIAI, ISTE, MS Frameworks and Benchmarks and NBPTS standards.
The Teacher Education Program at Rust College is approved by the Mississippi State Department of Education
which uses the Mississippi State adopted standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher
Education (NCATE) for evaluation purposes. Requirements for each teaching area at Rust College are in
compliance with the regulations set forth by the Mississippi Department of Education and are subject to change.
To be recommended for certification, a candidate must meet or exceed the Mississippi established minimums on Praxis II and the Specialty Area Assessments and all Rust College graduation requirements. When the approved teacher education program and Mississippi State testing requirements have been met, students may apply for state certification. Applications are signed by the certifying officer and all appropriate data are submitted to the State Department of Education by the applicant.
Rust College graduates currently teach throughout the United States. When certification is desired in another state, many state Departments of Education request a copy of the teaching certificate obtained from the state in which the teacher education program was completed. Graduates may contact Department of Education in other states to request an application for certification and/or may contact the Chair of the Division of Education at Rust College to inquire about individual state certification requirements.