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How to Apply for Student Teaching

Congratulations on nearing the completion of your teacher education program. Let's take a look at your readiness to intern. Before you start internship, you need to submit an internship application, complete program and course requirements, obtain a substitute license, acquire professional liability coverage, satisfactorily complete Portfolio I, and meet school district requirements. The Director of Field Experiences will verify these requirements have been met and will also discuss your readiness to intern with faculty in your program and your academic advisor.

Before proceeding, please read the Questions and Answers.

  • Consider becoming a substitute teacher for the school district in which you want to intern. Interns with extensive substitute experience often seem more confident in their classroom management and delivery of instruction. Substitute licenses are issued by the state like your driver's license. You then apply for a substitute "job" with a school district.
  • Portfolio I must be submitted to your program (early childhood, elementary, special education, dual, secondary, music) the semester prior to internship. Check with your program for information about Portfolio I and due dates. 

Interning Out of Area?

Out of State Internship Requires State and District Authorizations

Effective July 2013, the U.S. Department of Education requires all institutions offering distance education to be authorized in the states in which it operates. As stated in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR):

If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State's approval upon request. (34 CFR§ 600.9[c])

This means that UNR must acquire approval from any state where students will reside while completing the University of Nevada, Reno internship course.

Acquiring state authorization:

  • Is a lengthy process which is subject to change without notice
  • Is required for all states and 9 U.S. territories
  • May involve an additional fee to be paid by the student
  • May not be possible in specific locations
  • Applies to internships in public, private, parochial and Dept. of Defense schools

If State Authorization is granted, the OFX must then obtain approval from the school district in which the internship will occur.

Because state and district authorizations for internship must be obtained on an individual basis, students should contact the Office of Field Experiences at least one year in advance. We will work diligently to ascertain if authorization is possible in the requested location.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, penalties for non-compliance may include the university being fined and the student being denied licensure in that state.

Our office can be reached in the following way: ofx@unr.edu

Nevada School District Requirements

Important: Nevada School Districts do NOT want you to contact school personnel for a placement so simply write your placement request on the internship application and leave the signature lines blank.

The table below is subject to change and may not be inclusive. OFX will notify you personally if something else is required. You are responsible for any costs related to school district requirements. For those who want to intern in WCSD and do not have a sub-license, you will need to print the form off below, fill out and take to Washoe County School Police District Office and pay their fee.

RequirementCarsonClarkDouglasLyonWashoeChurchillStorey
NV Substitute License3 X X3 X
Student Teaching Permit4
District Fingerprinting & Background Check1 X X X Form 7 X X
Drug Testing1 X Form
TB Testing2
Hired as a Substitute
Additional requirements X6 Form8 Form9 Form
Professional Liability
  • NEA-Student Program
  • CEC-for Special Ed. Students
  • Another professional organization that includes professional liability coverage in their membership.
  • Add it to your home owners or renters insurance policy.
X X X X X X X

Foot Notes for above table

  1. Contact school district human resources office & tell them you will be a student teacher next semester.
  2. TB testing may be done through UNR student health.
  3. Recommended but not required. If hired, you may sub 7 days for pay during internship (duals 5 days per 10-weeks).
  4. Review online and/or print link.
  5. Pick up additional application from our office.
  6. At the same time you apply to the OFX, email your cover letter and resume to Jose Delfin, HR Director: jdelfin@carson.k12.nv.us Jose will then contact you for an interview.
  7. Interns will need to complete a safety seminar given by WCSD Police before interning in WCSD.
  8. Mail to Clark County School District shown on first page.
  9. Please scan and send copy to ofx@unr.edu and to the out of area supervisor (gtach@pyramid.net)

Other Districts

The table below is subject to change and may not be inclusive. OFX will notify you personally if something else is required. You are responsible for any costs related to school district requirements.

For other school districts not listed here, requirements will be determined by the Director after your application has been submitted and you will be contacted.

RequirementTruckeeSouth TahoeAlaskaHawaii
NV Substitute License3
Student Teaching Permit4 Form
District Fingerprinting & Background Check1 X X X X
Drug Testing1
TB Testing2
Hired as a Substitute
Additional requirements Anchorage Form
Mat-Su Form
Professional Liability
  • NEA-Student Program
  • CEC-for Special Ed. Students
  • Another professional organization that includes professional liability coverage in their membership.
  • Add it to your home owners or renters insurance policy.
X X X X

Foot Notes for above table

  1. Contact school district human resources office & tell them you will be a student teacher next semester.
  2. TB testing may be done through UNR student health.
  3. Recommended but not required. If hired, you may sub 7 days for pay during internship (duals 5 days per 10-weeks).
  4. Review online and/or print link.

Additional Information

Due Dates

  • Fall Internship Applications: due the last Friday in March
  • Spring Internship Applications: due the last Friday in October

Registration

  • Register for internship soon as registration begins.

Placement Notification

  • You may receive phone calls or emails while we process your internship application. Please respond promptly.
  • The Director of Field Experiences will email you when your placement has been arranged. When you receive your placement notification email, go meet your lead teacher. Meeting your lead teacher in person is an expectation even if you two already know each other. Exchange contact information at this time and set the date and time you are to be at school the first day of internship. Failure to do this may result in the school declining your placement.

Start dates for your internship will vary according to the public school schedule.

  • Fall Interns, including those at year-round schools, will start 2 working days before students start.
  • Spring interns, except duals, will start the next working day after the Martin Luther King holiday. Only duals will start Monday after New Years.
    • Notify our office of any placement changes: ofx@unr.edu

WebCampus

  •  The Director will email interns about webcampus at least 2 weeks before your internship starts.

Can't start on time?

  • If you have an emergency and cannot start internship on time or need to postpone your internship, contact our office immediately at ofx@unr.edu.
  • See Office Staff page for our contact information.
  • Notify the Office of Field Experiences of any changes in your name, email, address, and phone: ofx@unr.edu.

Application Approval

The Office of Field Experiences will notify you in the event your application is not complete or you have not met the requirements for internship.

Failure to meet all internship requirements may void your internship application or delay your internship. Internship requirements include: completion of program requirements and coursework, substitute licensure, professional liability coverage, portfolio I, school district approval, program faculty and advisor approvals and the approval of the Director of Field Experiences.

Application for Student Teaching - once you finish the application and hit the "submit" button, you will see a screen that says "Thank You - your application has been submitted. This means it has been submitted. No need to call and check to see if the office has received it.

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