Clinical Teaching/Student teaching is the capstone course in the professional education sequence of the UT Dallas teacher education program occurring the semester immediately following the student’s semester of field experience. The semester-long clinical/student teaching experience includes the ongoing responsibility of guiding, directing and evaluating K-12 student learning under the guidance and supervision of a professionally certified and competent member of the teaching profession.

Clinical/Student teaching is a cooperative venture between UT Dallas and area public schools, representing the practical application of the teaching/learning process.

Application for Clinical Teaching/Student Teaching

Students are required to attend one of several clinical/student teacher sign-up meetings the semester before they plan to begin clinical/student teaching. In the fall semester, these meetings occur prior to Oct. 1, and in the spring semester, prior to March 1.  

Eligibility for Clinical Teaching/Student Teaching

All applications for clinical/student teaching or post-baccalaureate internships will be reviewed. Eligibility for clinical/student teaching requires the candidate to demonstrate high ethical standards, exhibit professional maturity and meet the following requirements:

  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators as articulated by the Texas Legislature and Texas Education Agency.
  • Adhere to the TDC Fitness to Teach policy and clear discipline checks through the Dean of Students office.
  • Be officially admitted to the UT Dallas Teacher Certification Program. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 9 semester hours of professional development coursework at UT Dallas in order to register for the student/clinical teaching capstone course.
  • Complete field based experience hours in Classroom Management and submit Journal Entries.  Classroom Management must be taken the semester prior to student teaching.
  • Pass both required Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exams for the specific teaching certification sought prior to student/clinical teaching. Effective January 2021, all EC-6 Core Subjects, 4-8 Core Subjects and 4-8 ELAR must take and pass an additional examination, The Science of Teaching Reading.
  • Complete all required professional development courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.
  • Complete all required course work in teaching field (certification content area) with a 2.75 GPA or higher.
  • Have no grade lower than a B in Classroom Management and Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) or methods courses.
  • Have no grade lower than C in other required courses for certification.
  • Request a campus for clinical/student teaching where no family member works or attends.
  • Clear the district criminal background check. Some districts will require students to apply for substitute teacher employment.
  • Register for six hours of clinical/student teaching.
  • Pay tuition for clinical/student teaching plus the $250 fee before beginning the student/clinical teaching assignment.