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Student Teaching takes place over one full semester for a 14 week period of time. This is a supervised experience under the guidance of a Cooperating Teacher from the school and University Clinical Supervisor. Both the Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor mentor the students through observation of the participants in their school settings, providing feedback on their performance artifacts, and making recommendations for initial Licensure. Student Teachers must also participate in a Student Teaching seminar with their Clinical Supervisor.

Student Teaching Seminar
This course is taken concurrently with student teaching. The purpose of the course is to explore the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards and the Professional Teaching Competencies as goals that teachers must need in order to be recommended for initial licensure. Course participants are actively involved in a workshop setting dedicated to understanding and interpreting the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards and Professional Teaching Competencies and preparing materials as evidence of achieving those standards. In addition, guest speakers provide knowledge of professional education organizations and issues of continued licensure beyond the provisional certificate.

Completed applications for Student Teaching should be sent to the School of Education.

Student Teaching Application
RI Student Teacher Certification Application Form
SED Field Guide

Praxis Series information and registration can be obtained on the following website:

Questions/concerns about practicum and/or student teaching can be directed to:
Lee Ann Cameron, Coordinator of Field Experiences, at 401-254-5635 or email at
Sheila McGraw, Director of Partnerships and Field Experiences, at 401-254-3002, or email at