UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Agricultural Education

Student/Intern Teaching Application Process

Overview

The application process must be completed the semester prior to that in which you plan to student teach (Spring Semester for Fall Placement, Fall for Spring Placement).  All documents must be submitted on-time to secure you a Student Teaching Placement. Students who fail to complete all requirements on time may be required to delay their student teaching to a later semester.

The application process occurs in two stages. The first stage is due early in the semester prior to student teaching. The second stage occurs closer to the start of the student teaching semester. Specific dates will be sent out by the Agricultural Educaiton department.

Student/Intern Teaching

Stage One Procedures

All steps must be completed by 4:00 p.m. central time on the due date.

Step 1 - Send Dr. Buttles an e-mail message asking to be added to the Ag Ed Student Teaching Applications course in Canvas.

 

Step 2 - Complete the following documents and submit in the Ag Ed Student Teaching Applications Canvas site:

  1. Questionnaire - Download, open with Adobe Acrobat to complete and save the form.
  2. Records Release Authorization - Download, open with Adobe Acrobat to complete and save the form.
  3. Field Experience Hours - Must have documented experiences working with school age youth before the start of the student teaching placement. Field experiences must take place in approved placements. Most of these hours will be completed as part of required courses.
  4. Occupation Experience Hours - Must have at least 2,000 hours before the start of your student teaching placement. Note: Please review the Occupation Experience Policy for details on this requirement.
  5. Current Resume, formatted for an education related position. Your resume be sent to your cooperating teacher and university supervisor.

Review the Resume Writing guide on the UWRF Career Services website. The main difference for an education position is that the first experience section you list will be Teaching Experience. That section should include your pre-student teaching placements at this point and then you will add student teaching. You should also utilize the Resume Critique services offered by Career Services.

  • Step 3 - Complete the Student Teaching Intent Survey in Canvas.

Additional Requirements

The following items are not part of the application process, but must also be met to be eligible for a student teaching placement:

  • Content Knowledge - Teacher candidates can demonstrate content knowledge through three pathways. Additional information is provided on the UWRF Educator Preparation Program website.
    • Having major GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Having a passing score on the Praxis Agriculture test. Visit https://www.ets.org/praxis/wi/requirements for more information.
    • Completing a content-based portfolio. Contact Dr. Graham for details.
  • Certification Portfolio Review - All standards must be approved before student teaching. Visit the Certification Portfolio web site for details.
  • Academic Performance
    • Combined GPA of at least 2.75
    • Grades of “B” or higher in TED 440, AGED 462/662, and AGED 430/630 
    • Grades of “C” or higher in all required professional education courses

One additional item is not required at this time, but will need to be met before you can start your student teaching placement: 

  • Negative TB Test - Written verification of a current (no more than 90 days prior to the start of the student teaching) negative tuberculin test. Note: Allow at two visits to the medical provider, with at least 3 days between visits.

Successful completion of a student teaching placement includes submitting and receiving a passing score on the Student Teaching Performance Assessment (STPA). The details of this requirement will be provided during the student teaching seminars and in the agricultural education student teaching handbook.

 

Student/Intern Teaching

Stage Two Information

The following items need to be received by the UWRF Agricultural Education Department before you can begin student teaching.

  1. Negative TB Test - Written verification of a current negative tuberculin test must be submitted to the Agricultural Education department office. The test must be completed no more than 90 days before the start of the student teaching placement. An electronic copy of the results should be submitted as an email attachment to Wendy. Note: This test typically requires two short visits approximately 3 days apart.
  2. Field Experience Hours - Update the file submitted with your student teaching application. Submit to the Stage 2 Documents folder in the Canvas Ag Education Student Teaching Applications course.
  3. Occupation Experience Hours -Update the file submitted with your student teaching application. Submit to the Stage 2 Documents folder in the Canvas Ag Education Student Teaching Applications course.
  4. Criminal Background Check - An updated national criminal background check may be needed. The CEPS Dean's Office will send the information directly by email.
  5. Completed Certification Portfolio - All standards in the certification portfolio must be approved.
  6. Student Teaching Schedule - Complete the schedule form and submit as an email attachment to Wendy.

Ag Ed Student Teaching Timeline

  • Applications must be submitted the semester before planning to student teach. Those planning to complete part of their experience in another country through the COST Program need to start working with that program at least a year in advance.
  • Intern placements are selected by the school offering the intern position. The agricultural education department will share intern information with candidates who are approved to apply.
  • Teacher candidates will be notified by the agricultural education department after placements have been approved by the host school. The candidiate then contacts the cooperating teacher(s).
  • Placements follow the host school calendary, not the UWRF calendar.
  • Teacher candidates will return to campus for 3-4 professional development seminars during the placement. Dates will be provided at the orientation meeting.

Contact Us

Agricultural Education
ag.ed@uwrf.edu
Ph: 715-425-3555
Fax: 715-425-3785
171 Ag Engineering Annex
Mailing Address: 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022
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