Student Teaching

Student Teaching

The student teaching program is outlined in the Student Teaching Handbook. It is the culmination of the teacher licensure program at Carleton College. Placement generally occurs during the spring of the student's senior year for the following fall. The central focus of the ten-week term is learning to apply the licensure candidate's skills, instincts, and philosophy to an actual teaching experience in area public or private schools. Student teachers will have primary responsibility for no fewer than three or more than four classes. If possible, the number of different course preparations should be limited to two. Student teachers are expected to keep the hours of a regular teacher—that is, for the entire school day.

Officially, the last day of student teaching is the last day of the Carleton fall term, usually in mid-November. Individual cooperating teachers may negotiate with the student teacher if completion of the school term is desired. Student teaching placements are made in consultation with students and are based on a variety of considerations:

  • the suitability of the mentor teacher
  • type of school: rural, suburban, urban
  • grade level(s)
  • specific course content and teaching load

In some instances, students choose to live in the area in which they are teaching. Each student teacher is assigned to a college supervisor (usually the methods teacher) who observes the student's teaching on a weekly basis and guides him or her through student teaching.

License Application

Licensure candidates who student teach during the fall 13th Term also benefit from the weekly seminar experience. This seminar gives the cohort of student teachers the opportunity to meet with one another, share successes and concerns, and address a series of professional topics.

When programs are complete and students are ready to apply for a Minnesota teaching license, the chair of the department of educational studies submits the application materials and recommends candidates to the Minnesota Board of Teaching's Personnel Licensing section. Appropriate forms and instructions are distributed near the end of the seminar. The Educator Licensing Division now provides for the application electronically of a first-time Minnesota educator license.

  • List of Minnesota teacher preparation institutions
  • Placement information
  • Fingerprint information
  • Code of Ethics
  • Testing
  • Human relations requirement
  • Permanent Rules for Licensure

Career Services/Teaching Position Openings

The Career Center at Carleton College can assist licensure candidates in their job search. In addition, the following websites list teaching vacancies:


Teachers Associations

Teaching Resources