Application Process


Apply NOW for student teaching.  Deadlines are listed on the Student Teaching page, but it is NEVER too early to apply.

Students must apply to student teach up to 18 months before the semester they intend to be placed.  To apply and be eligible to be placed in a school for student teaching, the application includes:

Click here for detailed Application Checklist

1.     Student Teaching Online Application (only the first step)

The online application is a small part of the application process as a whole. It provides the opportunity for a student to declare their student teaching semester.

Click Here:  Application 

2.     Teacher Candidate Preparation Plan (Prep Plan)

The Prep Plan is a document that gives the status on your completion of your required courses and testing. It will have to be carefully reviewed and signed by you, your Acedemic Advising Center for your major (and minor, if Secondary Education), and the Field Services Office. Please plan on a minimum of ten minutes for each visit.

Bring your printed Prep Plan and a copy of your approved Grad Plan to your content area Academic Discovery Center to begin the Prep Plan.

3.     Photo

The photo will be attached to your personal bio, which will be given to potential principals for student teaching.

The campus photography studio (MCK Library 356) will take your photo. This service is free to you unless you choose to purchase more prints. You may go at any time between 8 am and 5 pm; you do not need an appointment. The photo studio will send our office your photo-you do not need to bring it in yourself. 

4.     Personal Bio

The personal bio is a brief, one-page essay which may include family background, interests, skills that will be utilized in teaching, education, reasons for choosing teaching as a profession, but should emphasize your philosophy of teaching.  

For more details about the bio, please view the application checklist pdf.

Copy and paste your completed bio into the template provided (click HERE for template). You will be filling in the grey spaces. We will not accept your peronal bio unless it is in this template. 

Save the template with your inserted text on your computer and then attach the finished template to an email to

5. Background Clearance for the State of Idaho (Fingerprinting)

Fingerprinting for the State of Idaho must be done by the application deadline for the semester in which you wish to student teach. This service is provided in the Field Services Office (HIN 325). You do NOT need to make an appointment to be fingerprinted. However you will need to have about 20 minutes when you come in. You can come in to get fingerprinted between 8am and 4:30 pm. 
ALL BYU-I Education majors must be fingerprinted for Idaho regardless of their intended destination for student teaching or career teaching.

You will be asked to complete a second set of fingerprints if you are student teaching in Arizona or Utah. This will occur after you have applied and have been assigned.
Government-issued ID must be presented before you can be printed. Please bring one of the following: a driver's license, a state issued photo ID, passport, a military card with photo included, etc. . .



Other Student Teaching Preparation

·         Complete all course work, exams (e.g., three State Literacy Exams (for ELED and ECSE), Praxis (all majors), etc.), and other requirements for graduation.

For more information about the Praxis: 

Click HERE for the ETS website. Visit your program faculty lead for more information.

For detailed information about student teaching, please view the Field Services Preparation Packet
For information on the Partner School Interviews, click HERE.