Guides & Handbooks

Student Teaching Internship Policies

The Student Teaching Placement Coordinator gathers names from student teaching applications and works with program coordinators and school district personnel to make acceptable student teaching placements. Other than indicating preferences on the application, the student does not get to make decisions about placements.

A student may withdraw from student teaching only for reasons such as catastrophic illness or injury, pregnancy, or death or serious illness in the immediate family. A student may withdraw from student teaching passing if he/she withdraws from the program and has earned a passing grade to date.

Students who are earning an F in student teaching and who do not have extreme circumstances such as catastrophic illness or injury or death in the immediate family will not be allowed to withdraw from student teaching.  They will receive a grade of F.

A student who earns an F in student teaching may not repeat student teaching.

Students who withdraw passing from student teaching may request (at the time of withdrawal) that they be allowed to repeat student teaching in another semester by the following process: 

  1. the student makes a written request, with supporting reasons;
  2. the Program Coordinator writes a recommendation to support or not support the student request;
  3. the student’s SOE supervisor writes a recommendation to support or not support the student request;
  4. the Program Coordinator, Director of Student Affairs, SOE supervisor, and optionally, the Associate Dean, meet to come to a collective decision, and to make a written statement of all particulars, such as necessary requirements for completion, whether the student may have more than one opportunity to continue, and/or where the placement will be. 

If there is disagreement amongst parties as to the final disposition of the case, the Director of Student Affairs and the Associate Dean make the final determination. The Associate Dean writes a letter to the student disclosing the decision and particulars, copying the Director of Student Affairs, the Program Coordinator, the SOE supervisor, and the student’s file.

(NC DPI regulation is that students may not receive an F in a professional course.)

If a student receives an F in a professional sequence course:

  •  If the F is in student teaching, the student is discontinued from the SOE program, and may transfer back to Arts and Sciences to complete a degree.
  • If the F is attained in other Education courses, the student is discontinued from the SOE program. The student may request reinstatement to the program if they have a compelling reason.