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Student Teaching Services FAQs

Student Teaching Preparation Process

The Student Teaching Services Office is part of the Teacher Preparation Department.

It creates, supports, and administers field placements associated with students in all education programs: secondary education (SECED), elementary education (ELED), special education (SPED), and early childhood education/early childhood special education blended (ECSE).

Field experiences include practicums and student teaching. Student Teaching Services also works with the Academic Advising Centers and Teacher Education Department for career placements, surveys, assessments, and accreditation.
Go to the home page and click on the icon labeled Student Teaching Preparation Process. Follow the directions on this page.

Preparation Process Page
It is never too early to start the Preparation Process. Students are encouraged to complete the process before the due date to allow time for any necessary corrections.

See Due Dates
Student teaching is available during the fall and winter semesters.
  • Log on to
  • Click on the Student tab, Degree Information, and the Graduation Planner.
  • Follow the directions to complete and submit your Grad Plan. 
The approval process may take up to two weeks.

Graduation Planner
Email the Student Teaching Services Office ( to notify them of the approval. Include the Target student teaching semester on your Grad Plan in the email.
Students need to work with Student Teaching Services Office for teaching off-track and work with Financial Aid Office if they need funding. They do not need to get an override through Admissions. 


Some form of valid government-issued picture ID (example: driver's license or passport).
Fingerprinting can be done anytime within our office hours (M-F: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, closed Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 AM-12:00 PM for Forum and Devotional).

The process will take about 20 minutes. By appointment only.
Students who will complete their student teaching outside of the state of Idaho will need to be fingerprinted again for the state in which they will be student teaching.

Student Teaching Services can fingerprint students placed to student teach in Utah. Those students teaching in Nevada will need to be fingerprinted in Nevada. If you are placed in Las Vegas, you will need to plan to arrive there and get settled at least one week prior to your start date to have time to complete your background check.

Pay attention to all fingerprinting deadlines to ensure your background check will be complete in time for student teaching. You will not be allowed to enter your placement until you have been cleared by the designated state.


Contact Sister Reed in Hinckley 353.
Required PRAXIS exams can change without notice. You will be able to find the most accurate information here.

Accurate PRAXIS Exam Information

You can also contact your program director for specific test questions.
Take the Praxis early enough so that there is time to retake it if needed. Foreign language students need to check extra early because of limited seating and limited testing dates. Please check to see when your results are due to ensure that you are set to student teach (typically, the due date for these exams is mid-term prior to your student teaching semester).

Remember you cannot student teach without passing all your Praxis exams. Be aware, it takes 4-6 weeks to the Student Teaching Services Office to receive scores.


For Fall placement, you will interview in March.

For Winter placement, interviews will be in September.

Interviews for Spring will be in January.*

*Spring placements are limited to ELED, ECSE and SPED candidates only, due to the fact that most schools are not in session during the summer months.
Bring multiple copies of your cover letter and resume. You may wear your practicum name tag if you still have it.
No. ECSE students cannot sign up for elementary school interview time slots.

Partner Schools

Representatives from BYU-Idaho's partner school areas come to the BYU-Idaho campus to interview students before their student teaching. These interviews will determine your student teaching placement.
The Meet and Greet is different from the interviews because it is a time when you (the student) will have the opportunity to get to know the principals and schools, instead of the principals getting to know you. You should dress professionally. Please do not bring your resume to Meet and Greet. The Meet & Greet is optional, though highly encouraged.
If students are off-campus during the interviews, they are highly encouraged to come to BYU-Idaho if at all possible. Some circumstances make coming to campus impossible. If that is your case, please contact Student Teaching Services for another option. It is in your best interest to be here on campus for a live interview.
BYU-Idaho has six partner school areas:

  • Weber (Ogden area)
  • Salt Lake (Jordan area)
  • Idaho Local (Bonneville, Madison, Jefferson)
  • Nevada (Las Vegas)
  • Texas (Melisssa)

Partner Schools List
Most likely. Because of the high number of students interviewing, group interviews are created to accommodate the high number of students.

Student Teaching Placement

If you MUST stay in a particular area, you will need to visit with one of the Directors of Student Teaching Services to obtain clearance to interview with that particular area only.
You will be informed via email of your placement if you have completed all requirements (the area and district, and in most cases, the specific school) within the week following the interviews.

It may take some time for your Area Coordinator to contact you with the specifics as to mentor and grade, so please be patient and understand that we are at the mercy of the administrators to obtain this information.
Keep in mind that your administrator may not have the specifics made until just a few weeks before you begin your student teaching experience. Your Area Coordinator will get this information out to you as soon as it is available.
This is a file with letters of recommendation from university supervisors and mentor teacher(s). This also includes summative evaluation(s) and Professional Learning Plan from student teaching. Most employers require this file when considering a new hire for their school district.
Email the Student Teaching Services office:
Please include your name, student teaching semester, I-number, and email address that you would like the file sent to.

Student Teaching Experience

Candidates are responsible for securing their own housing during student teaching. Single students Student Teaching in Idaho will need to live in approved BYU-Idaho housing.

Area Coordinators can give guidance and answer questions, but they are not responsible for finding a place for candidates to live.
Student teaching is a 14 week experience that aligns with the University calendar.
Teacher candidates are expected to participate in teacher inservice trainings and workdays, as well as parent teacher conferences as outlined by individual districts.


Reciprocal agreements between most states augment the process of obtaining licensure from other states if licensed in Idaho. Your active certification in Idaho gives our office the ability to process recommendation requests from most, if not all other states. Upon completion of student teaching and graduation, it is imperative you complete the certification process through the state of Idaho. You will have a 2 year window to apply for licensure.

To avoid the possibility of additional coursework and exams, we strongly encourage candidates to not delay in requesting your Institutional Recommendation from our office so that you can be certified. If you wait beyond that 2 year time frame, you will be required to meet any new requirements that may have changed, before BYU-Idaho can issue the recommendation.
The graduate is responsible to personally research alternate states' requirements and application procedures.
After the posting of your BYU-Idaho degree, which is usually two to three weeks following graduation.
The Institutional Recommendation is a form received from BYU-Idaho that verifies the graduate has met all requirements from the State of Idaho and BYU-Idaho.

It includes the following information:

  • Personal identifiable information (name, address, social security #, etc.)
  • Educational information (endorsement and student teaching information)
  • Testing information (Praxis results, etc.)
  • Completion of program verification

This form may be obtained by submitting a request through the Student Teaching Services web site. Contact the Department through email or in-person to learn more.

Please do not bring in a copy of the B-2 form for our office to fill out; we will not accept it. Your degree must be posted before requesting the institutional recommendation form. You will receive two copies of the completed B-2 form: one is for your personal record, and one to be sent to the State of Idaho.
Students are responsible to research the requirements for the state they wish to be certified in. If your state requires a different form that needs to be filled out by BYU-Idaho's education certification officer, Tatum Buckles, please email it to