Office of Field Experiences
Black Hall 214-21
(509) 963-1751

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Quarter: Apply by January 15th
  • Winter Quarter: Apply by June 1st
  • Spring Quarter: Apply by October 1st

Application Checklist

  1. Review our placement processes and policy carefully. Failure to adhere to our policy could put your placement in jeopardy.
  2. Make sure your schedule will allow you to be available full time during the entire Student Teaching quarter. We strongly recommend that you do not work while student teaching.
  3. Prepare your resume and teaching statement for submission with your application.
  4. Choose your placement preferences.
  5. Submit your application.

TeachSTEM students: If you are in a year-long placement, the application will ask you to enter information about your existing mentor teacher. If you need a new mentor teacher, the application will guide you to submit the information we need to find you a new mentor.

Fall 2023 applications are closed. To appeal, fill out the placement appeals form. Winter 2024 applications will open April 15, 2023.

    Course Description

    Student Teaching is a by-permission-only course which must be completed full-time over the course of one quarter. The course is based around a full time placement with a mentor teacher. The mentor is endorsed in the same or a similar subject as the student teacher is pursuing.

    The Student Teaching placement experience is accompanied by a field supervisor-led weekly seminar. The seminar will meet for a total of 20 clock hours during the quarter. The time is normally at a time other than school hours at a place designated by the University field supervisor. Learn more at the Student Teaching course overview and Student Teaching Handbook.

    Credits: 16

    Repeatable for Credit: No

    Grading Basis: S/U


    • Full admission to the Teacher Certification Program
    • 3.0 GPA or higher (either for the last 45 graded quarter credits or overall CWU/transfer cumulative)
    • Successful completion (grade of C or higher) of professional sequence, major, and minor courses
    • Successful completion of at least 75 percent of major and minor (to include certain courses)
    • Purchase of student intern/practicum professional liability insurance
    • Current WSP/FBI fingerprint clearance through OSPI (book your fingerprinting appointment)
    • Submission of proof of registration of WEST-E or NES exam for a test date that will occur prior to the first day of the Student Teaching experience. Email confirmation of scheduled date to
    • All grades of Incomplete must be converted to C or higher prior to the beginning of the Student Teaching experience.
    • Create an e-cert account with OSPI. Complete the Pre-Residency Clearance Application the next day. Tutorial videos can be found on the Teacher Certification Student Resources webpage.


    Jan Case ( will send a registration code to your CWU email address, and then you will register yourself for the course. Contact Jan Case for all questions about codes and registration. Please do not contact Teacher Certification or the placement team about registration questions.

    Before you Begin Your Student Teaching Quarter:

    1. Apply for graduation AND commencement by the appropriate deadlines. This process requires two steps, and we do not apply for you!
      • Fall student teachers can participate in the previous academic year’s spring commencement (without any academic regalia you might earn).
    2. Pick up your student teacher ID card.
      • The card must be obtained either from the Connection Card office in Bouillon Hall (room 104) for main campus students or at CWU centers (for cohort students). The card is free of charge and will be required by the school district in which you will be placed. Contact Jan Case ( with any questions about cards. The card will be available:
        • After January 15th for fall quarter
        • After April 15th for winter quarter
        • After October 15th from spring quarter
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    "Be confident. You can do it! At first, I felt super overwhelmed and was not sure how I would teach full time by the end of the quarter. Just relax. Every day, I'd worry something would go wrong. Even if it does, your mentor will help you. Your students will give you grace: They know you are practicing. It's going to be okay."

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