Student teaching is such a demanding responsibility that students may not take additional coursework or participate in extracurricular activities during the student-teaching semester. Coupled with student teaching, students are required to submit and pass their edTPA portfolios during the same semester in order to obtain their teaching licenses. Due to the preparation, planning time, edTPA requirements, and demanding responsibilities during the student teaching semester, students may not (a) take additional coursework, (b) participate in extracurricular activities, including (but not limited to) musical groups, intramural sports, Makin’ Music, overseas and other University-related trips, and any other University activities that interfere with the students’ focus, or (c) work a job requiring them to work excessive hours. Any student teacher desiring to hold a job during the student teaching semester must present a petition requesting to do so to the Director of Field Experiences.
Students wishing to participate in any of the other aforementioned activities along with student teaching may seek special permission to participate in such by submitting a petition to the Director of Field Experience. If denied, students may appeal the Director of Field Experience’s decision to the Teacher Education Committee. Permission must be obtained before students begin to participate in extracurricular activities.
A student seeking special permission should also provide the following or evidence of the following:
1) a letter specifically stating the requested exception(s) to the policy, which must include the student’s signature and must specify an:
a. understanding of the time requirements for student teaching, and
b. agreement not to hold the University responsible as it relates to the
student’s success in student teaching while participating in the
excepted extracurricular activities.
2) a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher,
3) three or more recommendations from previous professors, and
4) proof of three “mentor” sessions with former FHU student teacher(s). These sessions must focus on preparing the student teacher and allow them to reflect on the expectations of being a student teacher. The former FHU student teacher(s) selected for the “mentor” sessions must be pre-approved by the Director of Field Experiences.
By providing this evidence, students are not guaranteed permission to participate in both student teaching and extra-curricular activities.
Students desiring to participate in intercollegiate sports and other university-related activities tied to student scholarships must also petition to the Director of Field Experience. If denied, students may appeal the Director of Field Experience’s decision to the Teacher Education Committee.
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