Are you applying for student teaching? Do you feel nervous about the application? Use this guide to view a handful of researched tips and examples to help your application shine!
Although my application process may differ from other teacher education programs, the purpose of the student teaching application is the same: introduce yourself as a teacher candidate to a potential cooperating teacher. Trust yourself, your abilities, your knowledge, and your experiences as a teacher candidate. Look forward to this next step in your teaching journey and embrace the excitement, nerves, anticipation, and fear!
This semester, I applied for my general education student teaching placement in the fall of 2022. My application required me to submit a teaching resume and two essays --one for my domestic placement and one for a potential international placement. These documents offer the opportunity to reflect on my emerging pedagogy and consider how I will apply my knowledge as a student teacher.
I hope to student teach in Duluth for the first six weeks of the semester and student teach abroad in Croatia for the next six weeks. A few of my fellow classmates and I are taking advantage of this international teaching opportunity to potentially teach in a different education system. If am accepted, I will participate in an immersive cultural exchange and plant a new seed as an international educator!
If you have any other tips on creating a successful, shining student teaching application, comment below! I have linked the resources from UMD Career Services below.
Meghan Hesterman (she/her) is a child advocate and education blogger. While a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), she created Journal of a Future Teacher to share her journey in becoming an early childhood teacher.